Bull-Rushed! Prospects Lose Game And Series To Lethbridge
By Len Nunes
Sing along if you know the tune. "Anything you can do, I do better. I can do anything better than you". On Saturday evening the Edmonton Prospects put up back-to-back 3-run innings and rode them to victory. On Sunday afternoon, the Lethbridge Bulls rode back-to-back 4-run innings to victory to win the 3-game series 2-1 and drop the Prospects back under .500.
Connor Burns took the mound for the Prospects trying to erase the memory of back-to-back relief appearances last season versus the Bulls that did not go smoothly. Burns made it through the first two innings of the afternoon well enough but ran into trouble in the 3rd. A dropped third strike put the Bulls lead-off batter on base. Darius Carter came around to open the scoring on a defensive error. Kaleb Warden doubled to bring home a second batter that should not have been on base. A 2-out 2-RBI single would stake the Bulls to 4-0 lead.
The Prospects offense responded in the bottom of the 3rd but not without getting a scare first. Percy Liu led the inning off with a walk. Trying to steal second base, Liu's legs became tangled underneath him on a foot first slide trying to steal second base. The steal was successful and Liu was able to walk off on his power but his night was over replaced by Tony Olson. With the bases loaded Nick Spillman put a ball in play that was mishandled by the defense allowing two runs to score. 4-2 Bulls after 3 innings.
Burns came back out to pitch for the Prospects in the 4th. A lead-off home run followed by a 3-run home run cemented the shortest start of the season for Burns. Scott Gillespie took over on the mound with the score now 8-2 for the Bulls.
Gillespie did not allow a hit until the 6th inning. A lead-off single was erased by a doubleplay but the next three Bulls batters all hit singles pushing one run across the plate. Gillespie left with the Bulls leading 9-2. His line was a very respectful 3 innings played, 1 run allowed on 4 hits.
Prospects relief pitcher Liam Campbell entered in the 7th inning and promptly got the first two outs. The Bulls decided to keep their bats on their shoulders and Campbell walked the bases loaded. No damage was done and Campbell got to try again in the 8th inning. A lead-off walk was following by a swinging strikeout. A 1-out single was stranded at first base.
Brandon Hill, who was credited with the loss on Friday when he failed to record an out in the 10th inning, showed some resiliency and bounced back nicely. With one out, two runners did reach base but Hill stayed calm and cool and collected the final two outs.
Down to their last strike of the game, the Prospects put up two more runs. Matt Coutney doubled scoring Olson and Zane Takhar to make the final score 9-4.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Scott Gillespie takes the honours today. Sure baseball is more and more becoming about homers and strikeouts but Gillespie came in and got the job done. You do not need to be spectacular if you are solid.
MONDAY KID'S FUN DAY: Pre-game Kid's Festival and Kid's Ticket Specials. First Pitch 7pm. Gates open at 6pm.
A 6-game road trip starting Wednesday June 20th in Swift Current (the 2-time defending WMBL Champions)
Wednesday June 27 - SCHOOL'S OUT - vs Okotoks at 7PM at RE/MAX Field