Edmonton Prospects Losing Streak Hits Five
By Len Nunes
The mid-season losing streak has hit five for the Edmonton Prospects. The highly anticipated return home from the Saskatchewan road trip, which the team finished 1-5, had 1,592 faithful fans at the beautiful RE/MAX Field trying to help the team turns things around. A newly acquired pitcher got the start for the Prospects. Head Coach Ray Brown used his bullpen differently than he has throughout the season in an effort to shake off the losing streak but to no avail. The Okotoks Dawgs walked away with a 6-2 win.
Edgar Barclay, the team's second native of Hilo, Hawaii joining Daylen Calicdan, made his first WMBL start for the Prospects. Barclay walked the first two batters he faced but a double-play avoided any damage being done. With 1 out in the 3rd inning Brandon Sparks reached base on an error. With Eddie Sanchez at bat the Prospects defensive turned another double-play!
The Dawgs broke Barclay's shutout in the 4th inning. Marcus Skundrich's single to right field scored one run and moved another runner over to third. With Ryan Humenuik at the plate, Skundrich would take off for second base. When he realized Prospects catcher Anthony Cusati's throw was going to catch him, Skundrich peeled back causing a rundown and bought enough time for the runner at third base to come home. The final pitching line for Barclay was 4 IP, 2 runs allowed on 2 hits with 3 walks issued and 5 strikeouts.
Connor Burns, 0-2 in three starts, made his first relief appearance of the season for the Prospects. Burns allowed a lead-off single before retiring 5 Dawgs in a row. He would strand two runners in the bottom of the 6th leaving the game just the way he found it with the Dawgs still up 2-0.
Rich Walker's last three appearances for the Prospects have been as a starter going 1-2. Walker came in as a relief pitcher in the 7th inning. The Dawgs scored a run against him in his opening frame but Walker put up a zero in the top of the 8th.
With the Prospects down 3-0, the offence put up their first two runs of the night. Zane Takhar, who broke out of a 6-game hitting slump going 2-for-2, singled to lead things off. Pinch-hitter Tony Olson drew a four pitch walk. Percy Liu, with what ended up being an important productive out advanced the runners. Michael Gahan laced a single to the Dawgs right fielder Sparks. Sparks’ throw to catch Takhar at home was wild allowing the run to score easily. Olson trotted home the last night ninety feet after being awarded home plate because of the wild throw.
Taran Oulton, the team co-leader in starts with four, came in to pitch the 9th inning with the Prospects down 3-2. His first three batters faced reached base via a single, a hit-by-pitch and an intentional walk. With the infield drawn in, the Prospects collected the first out of the inning at home plate getting the force on Skundrich. A passed ball scored the Dawgs 4th run of the night. A 2-RBI single by Abdiel Alicea made the score 6-2 in favour of the Dawgs.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Daylen Calicdan went 2-for-3 at the plate bringing his personal hit streak to four. Calicdan's batting average improved to .382 taking over the team lead from Nick Spillman (.380). Calicdan sits 5th overall in the league while Spillman sits 7th.
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