Power and Pitching - Perfect Pair
By John Short
For as long as baseball records have been kept, there has been evidence that power and pitching are the only foolproof combination in the sport.
The Edmonton Prospects put that perfect pairing into practice Wednesday, downing the Swift Current 57's 4-2 behind Hunter Boyd’s route-going seven-hit performance and one home run apiece by Jake McDonald, Javier Ramirez and Nolan Walker.
McDonald’s blast in the second was followed in the seventh by circuit shots from the bats of the other two.
Only one run was not tied to a homer: singles by Edgar Harrell, Tyler Maskill and Tanner Roundy in the fourth provided a 2-0 Prospects margin that lasted until a Walker error and a single by Breyden Eckout scored Kiel Krumwiede and erased Boyd’s shutout in the sixth inning.
Another error, this one by Maskill, let Krumwiede reach second in the eighth inning and he scored on single by Ryan Magdic. Both of Swift Current’s runs were unearned as Boyd continued his season-long run of excellent hurling, highlighted by his impressive start Sunday when West downed East 5-4 in the first-ever Western Canadian Baseball League All-Star Game.
Losing pitcher Logan Garza and a pair of relievers were touched by 11 Edmonton hits. They combined for 11 strikeouts.
In his tidy effort, Boyd gave up seven hits and only two walks. He fanned five Swift Current batters, once again keeping his pitch count under thorough control.
The victory ended a painful six-game losing streak for the Prospects and kept them firmly in reach of a Western Conference playoff berth.