A Pitching Fiesta!
By John Short
A two-out error by shortstop Javier Ramirez in the 10th was extremely costly Tuesday as the Edmonton Prospects bowed 3-2 to the Swift Current 57's for their sixth loss in a row. Ramirez bobbled a ball hit by Braden Eckout as Alex Stinnett scored from second base.
It was the third error for Ramirez and came after Jackson Bandow, Edmonton’s third pitcher of the inning, appeared to have escaped from a jam started by Stinnett’s single off Haden Dow after he relieved Brandon Owens. The brief stint left Dow to absorb the defeat.
The effective Owens pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, including six strikeouts, after Austin Cannedy had also been sharp through his six-inning start. A walk by Toby Allred, followed by a stolen base and a sacrifice fly, gave the 57's a lead in the first inning. Allred added an unearned run in the fifth, reaching on a Ramirez error and scoring on Kiel Krumwiede’s sacrifice fly.
Edmonton responded with unearned runs against starting pitcher Zach Patterson one inning later. Travis Hunt walked, Ramirez was safe on an error and Nolan Walker hammered a two-run double. Patterson finished with nine strikeouts and his followers, Graeme Cherry and Diego Jordan, each produced two scoreless innings to put the win in Jordan’s file.
Stinnett collected three of Swift Current’s six hits, while Ryan Magdic had a pair. No Prospect had more than one of Edmonton’s six hits; Brendan Luther and Eric Crain earned one safety apiece and shared the team’s two bases on balls.