Moose Jaw Comes From Behind
By John Short
Although the Moose Jaw Miller Express battered three pitchers for 17 hits Tuesday night at RE/MAX Field, the margin in a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Prospects defeat was directly tied to shoddy play in the infield.
A poor throw by shortstop Javier Ramirez opened the door to one unearned run and three Moose Jaw runs in the seventh inning, erasing a 4-1 Edmonton lead. Two innings later, the same player’s error provided the ultimate two-run margin.
Moose Jaw earned the victory by putting at least two runners on base in every inning but the third and the eighth. Starting pitcher Austin Cannedy persevered through the first six innings by stranding 11 Express players. Zac Harrington was called in with one out in the seventh but was touched for Zach Campbell and Darrell Doll. Harrington was a perfect 1-2-3 in the eighth but the roof fell in when Cole Warken and Campbell led off with successful bunts in the ninth.
The decisive error on a grounder by Blake Gallagher scored Markus Melendez and Andres Garza, setting up reliever Jack Gamba to earn the save. He and Michael Ross retired the last five Prospects in succession.
Hard-hitting Travis Hunt smashed a long home run to the left in the first inning for the Prospects. Davis Pratt’s single scored Brendan Luther in the third and Edmonton padded its margin with two in the sixth on singles by Pratt, Hunt and Jake Gehri. Ramirez and Greyson Barrett were both hit by pitches in the same inning but did not come around to score.
With the victory, Moose Jaw evened its Eastern Conference record at .500, while the Prospects fell one game below that level with the loss. The three-game Western Canadian Baseball League series, in which Edmonton won the Canada Day opener 12-2, wraps up tonight at RE-MAX Field.