Giant Win For Edmonton Prospects
By Len Nunes
With a playoff spot freshly clinched, the Edmonton Prospects hosted the Fort McMurray Giants Saturday night. After having one of the worst weather months in team history having three home games rained out, Mother Nature finally gave the club a textbook "beautiful night for baseball". Edmonton baseball fans responded as the Prospects got their 3rd biggest crowd of the season, a boisterous 3,251 fans. Everyone went home happy as the Prospects won the game 3-1.
Tony Olson led the game off with a single and would come around to open the scoring.
Daylen Calicdan, Michael Gahan, and Jake MacDonald loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with no-outs. Tony Olson's 26th RBI of the season was a painful one as he was hit by a pitch. The Prospects led 2-0 after two innings.
After a rough last outing in Okotoks, Prospects starter Taran Oulton wanted to have a strong start heading into the playoffs. Mission accomplished! Facing the minimum amount of batters through three innings, the Giants got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning which drove a runner that had reached base on an error. Oulton ran into some trouble in the 5th inning issuing two walks and single to load the bases but his defence bailed him out. A dying ball hit to center field was caught by a sliding Percy Liu. Liu had the presence of mind to immediately throw the ball to second base to turn the double play and end the inning. Oulton left the game after 5 innings with a 2-1 lead allowing only 2 hits and striking out 5.
The Prospects made it 3-1 in the 6th inning and once it again it was Tony Olson collecting the RBI. With MacDonald at third base a routine groundball to second was enough to bring him home.
Scott Gillespie took over on the mound for the Prospects pitching two shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk. After posting a strong 3.21 ERA in 14 appearances last season, Gillespie has struggled in 2018. After this strong showing, the hope is that Gillespie is peaking just in time for the playoffs which start on Tuesday.
Jordan Smith entered the game in the 8th inning and retired the Giants in order. With the bases loaded and 2-out, Coach Ray Brown brought in Chase Morris to get the final out. It was Morris' second save in three nights.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tony Olson scored one of the runs and knocked in the other two. Congratulations Mr. Olson you deserve the Player of the Game nod!
FAN APPRECIATION DAY - Sunday July 29 vs Fort Mac 2PM (*last chance to use any ticket from previously rained out games)
Playoff Schedule – 1st Round will be vs the Okotoks Dawgs. Games will start at 7PM.
Tuesday July 31 and Wednesday August 1st – Road Games in Okotoks.
Thursday August 2nd – RE/MAX Field
(if necessary) Friday August 3rd – RE/MAX Field
(if necessary) Saturday August 4th – Road Game in Okotoks.
*Friendly reminder, no outside food or drink is permitted at RE/MAX Field*