The One That Got Away
By Len Nunes
The Edmonton Prospects scored in the first inning of Thursday night’s game and never trailed through nine innings of play. With a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Lethbridge Bulls tied the game forcing extra innings. It feels like the Bulls stole the walk-off victory in the 11th inning. With the Prospects pitchers combining to give up 20 hits, if the Prospects would have held onto win rest assured the Bulls would be writing about how one got away from them.
Prospects second baseman Zane Takhar likely wishes every game was against the Bulls. Entering the 6th meeting of the season between the two teams, Takhar had gone 6-for-15 with 4 doubles (his only 4 of the season), 3 RBI and 6 walks. With 1-out in the first inning, Takhar singled and scored on a Nick Spillman groundout.
The Bulls tied the game in the bottom of the first but the Prospects quickly took back the lead in the top of the second. Eric Crain extended his personal hitting streak to 5 games with a 1-out single. Crain came around to score on a 2-out Percy Liu RBI single making it 2-1 Prospects.
Lachlan Mayo had Prospects starting pitcher Dylan Emmons’ number on Thursday. Mayo drove in the Bulls first inning run and led off the third with a single. Mayo came around to score the game tying run making it 2-2. In the fourth inning with 2-on and 2-out, Emmons took no chances and intentionally walked Mayo to load the bases. The tactic worked as the Bulls next batter Kaleb Warden grounded out. Emmons came out to start the 5th inning but after a lead-off single Head Coach Ray Brown went to his bullpen.
Making his Prospects mound debut, Chase Morris retired the Bulls 1-2-3.
This must have sparked the Prospects offence as in the top of the 6th, three runs crossed the plate. Takhar and Daylen Calicdan led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Michael Gahan reached on an error pushing across the first run of the inning. Crain accounted for the other two runs with a single to right field.
Morris, with his team now leading 5-2, ran into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the 6th punctuated by another Mayo RBI. In the 7th and 8th inning Morris had two runners on board and both times was able to induce groundballs that the defense converted into double-plays.
Making his 8th appearance of the season, Jordan Smith came in to pitch the 9th inning looking to save the 5-3 lead. The Bulls had other ideas and off to extra innings the game went. With 2-out and 2-on in the bottom of the 11th, a Hank Forrest single gave the Bulls a 6-5 win.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Eric Crain wins the Player Of The Game nomination driving in two runs and extending his personal hit streak to 5.
July 6 and 7 – visiting the 22-3 Medicine Hat Mavericks
The only meeting this season between the two teams, the Prospects snapped the Mavericks 10-game winning streak. The Mavericks have not lost since that meeting back on June 18th!
July 8 – visiting Okotoks
NEXT HOME GAMES
Tuesday, July 10 vs Yorkton Cardinals
Friday, July 13 vs Yorkton Cardinals - Be sure to check out social media channels for a preview of our Stars Wars themed jersey’s to be worn on and auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H.