Short And Sweet, Prospects Win 8-0
By Len Nunes
The rain wreaked havoc throughout the WMBL cancelling two games and shortening two others. For a baseball game to be deemed official, the visiting team must bat through five innings of play. Mother Nature held on just long enough Tuesday night as the Edmonton Prospects defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 8-0. The Prospects offence scored two runs an inning.
Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns will be credited with a complete game shutout. Burns only allowed 3 Cardinals on base - a single, a walk (which was nullified by a double-play) and a double - through his 5 innings of work. With the win Burns evens his record at 2 wins and 2 losses dropping his ERA to 3.32.
With 1-out in the first inning Zane Takhar started up the Prospects offence with a single. Nick Spillman collected his team leading 27th RBI of the season with his 4th double of the season. Jake MacDonald would drive home Spillman with a single to give the Prospects a 2-0 lead.
Gio Villaneuva, Percy Liu and Zane Takhar all drew walks to load the bases in the bottom of the second inning with only 1 out. Michael Gahan flew out deep enough into right field to bring in Villaneuva. A walk to Spillman re-loaded the bases, and then a walk to Beaux Guilbeau made the score 4-0.
Villaneuva got hit by a pitch and Liu singled with 1-out in the third inning. Tony Olson's 5th double of the season drove home Villaneuva. Takhar, who is tied for the league lead in walks (22), earns an RBI with a productive groundball out making it 6-0 for the Prospects.
Spillman led off the bottom of the 4th with a walk and with 2 outs, was joined by AJ Nitzschke who also walked. Villaneuva's 2nd double of the season brought both runners home and gave the Prospects an 8-0 lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gio Villaneuva's official line reads 1-1 with 2-RBI double. He also reached base via a walk and a hit-by-pitch. With all due respect to Connor Burns’ 5 innings of shutout baseball, Villaneuva wins the Player of the Game nod.
Thursday, July 12 Road Game in Brooks
Friday, July 13 vs Yorkton Cardinals - Be sure to check out social media channels for a preview of our Stars Wars themed game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H. 7:05 PM first pitch!
Saturday, July 14 vs Brooks - Military Day! Celebrations for our Armed Forces to say “thank you”. 7:05 PM first pitch!
Sunday July 15 vs Brooks - RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. 2:05 PM first pitch!
Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina
Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed
Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer
Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night
*Outside Food Policy - The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.