Second Inning Foibles Strike Again For Our Prospects

By Len Nunes

As much as one would like to use the lip-synced words of Milli Vanilli and blame Tuesday night’s loss on the rain, the truth of the matter is the loss came down to one tough inning and it’s the inning that has been the team’s Achilles heel all season. Fort McMurray walked away 10-5 winners last night in large part to a 6-run second inning that as valiantly as our boys tried to claw back, it was just too great of a deficit to overcome.

The Giants opened up the scoring in the top of the 1st but our Prospects quickly got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  With the bases loaded and 1-out, Nick Spillman hit his team leading third sacrifice fly of the season to tie the ballgame at one.

Prospects starter Jordan Parranto lost the plate in the top of the second leaving with the bases loaded after walking the first two batters and hitting a batter. Brett Higgins, who pitched very good 3rd and 4th innings, would not stop the bleeding until six Giants runs would cross the plate.

Our Prospects did get two runs back in the bottom of the second courtesy of a 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar to bring the score within four at 7-3. The hit extended Takhar’s personal hit streak to 5 games.

A leadoff single by Mackenzie Parlow in the bottom of the 4th would become run number four of the game for the Prospects when Derek Shedden would knock him with a productive out.

A leadoff single would once again get cashed in the bottom of the 5th inning as Aidan Huggins would cross the plate bringing the score to within two, 7-5.

Scott Kramers came into the game in the top of the 5th inning to pitch for the home team and retired his first five batters faced. He would leave in the 7th inning after allowing a leadoff single to Richard Ortiz and with 1-out see a Travis Turner blooper to right field fall just millimeters from being foul.

Jye Deeble would take over on the mound and after walking his first batter would induce a flyout to right fielder Jake Lanferman. Lanferman would throw home to Mackenzie Parlow to try to catch the Giants Ortiz trying to score from third base and had the throw there in plenty of time but Ortiz needlessly threw a hockey style body check bowling over Parlow. After the dust had settled from a bench clearing brawl, under his own power Parlow was placed into an ambulance and taken to hospital for precautionary reasons to get completely checked out.

The Giants added three runs in the top of the 8th to bring us to our final score of 10-5.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Dean Olson would hit a 2-out single to extend his personal hitting streak to 5 games.

Player Of The Game: Mackenzie Parlow finished the night 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a stolen base.

Play Of The Game: The 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar in the bottom of the second to show the Prospects fans and the Giants that the team was not going to go quietly into the night after a rough top of the second.

Next Game: Wednesday June 28:  Dog Day! Bring your dog (on a leash!) to the game with you! The Fort McMurray Giants once again provide the opposition.

UPCOMING GAMES: (7 PM start unless otherwise noted)

Thursday June 29: Oilersnation Thirsty Thursday! All beverages (including alcohol!) are $1 off! Weyburn Beavers make their bi-annual visit to Edmonton.

Friday June 30: The Comic Strip presents Friday Night Funnies with Rick Bronson as emcee! The Weyburn Beavers finish their 2-game set in Edmonton.

Saturday July 1: Traditional Canada Day Spectacular Event! Suites and balcony seats are already sold out; do not delay ordering your grandstand seats to this event! The Moose Jaw Millers provide the competition.

Sunday July 2:  Shine FM Faith And Family Day! A matinee ballgame, 2:05PM first pitch!

 

Medicine Hat Avenges Blowout Loss

By Len Nunes

One of the many quirks of the game of baseball is the classic pattern of one day a team experiences a blowout win only to lose the rematch the very next day. After winning by 13 runs on Saturday, our Prospects lost 5-2 during Sunday’s matinee rematch versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

Prospects starting pitcher Andrew Grieder was making his second start of the season against the Mavericks.  Sometimes a team just seems to have a pitcher’s number and the Mavs seem to have something on Grieder scoring 3 runs in just over two innings of play.

Jye Deeble would come in to pitch in the 3rd inning with 2-on and 1-out. He would get Chris Rodriguez to fly out to centerfielder Dean Olson who would then gun down Colton Wright trying to advance to 3rd. Deeble stayed in to pitch the 4th inning and would face the minimum three batters…sort off .With 2-out Blake Rowlett reached on a single but was picked off on a snap throw behind him at first base by Prospects catcher Andrew Cusati.

Scott Gillespie had pitched 10 innings sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA. Entering Sunday’s game in the 5th inning, Gillespie allowed his first two runs against which made the score 5-0 Mavericks. Gillespie would pitch three more innings on the afternoon allowing only one hit against him.

The Prospects offense would hit the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th via a RBI groundout by Jake Lanferman. A momentary complete loss of control by the Mavericks pitcher then loaded up the bases with two hit batters and a walk but our Prospects could not capitalize.

Nick Spillman led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a triple for our Prospects and was cashed in immediately by Zane Takhar closing the scoreboard gap to 3. Unfortunately, 5-2 would be the final score of the Mavericks.

Player Of The Game:  Andrew Mirasty came in to pitch the 9th inning for the Prospects and maintained his 0.00 ERA.

Play Of The Game:  We had not one but two triples hit in this game and they will share this honour. Aidan Huggins would hit a 2-out triple in the 2nd inning and Nick Spillman would hit a leadoff triple in the 8th inning.

Next Game: Tuesday June 27 Fusion Financial Toonie Tuesday! Buy one general admission ticket full price get one for only a toonie, versus the Fort McMurray Giants. 7:05PM first pitch!

UPCOMING GAMES (all games at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05PM)

Wednesday June 28:  Dog Day! Bring your dog (on a leash!) to the game with you! The Fort McMurray Giants once again provide the opposition.

Thursday June 29: Oilersnation Thirsty Thursday! All beverages (including alcohol!) are $1 off! Weyburn Beavers make their bi-annual visit to Edmonton.

Friday June 30: The Comic Strip presents Friday Night Funnies with Rick Bronson as emcee! The Weyburn Beavers finish their 2-game set in Edmonton.

Saturday July 1: Traditional Canada Day Spectacular Event! Suites and balcony seats are already sold out; do not delay ordering your grandstand seats to this event! The Moose Jaw Millers provide the competition.

Sunday July 2:  Shine FM Faith And Family Day! A matinee ballgame, 2:05PM first pitch!

 

By Len Nunes There were built-in excuses if the Prospects lost Saturday night hosting the Medicine Hat Mavericks. Our team had just bussed from Regina back home to Edmonton to host the Mavericks who had won 7 of their past 8 games making them one of the hottest teams in the WMBL. The memory of a blowout loss in Medicine Hat on June 11th must have helped fuel our boys because the Prospects would win 15-2! With so much offense to talk about this story will start with our pitching. Zaine Foth-Thomas was the starting pitcher for our Prospects and would not allow a baserunner until the 3rd inning. Two Mavericks would get on base in that inning but a 6-4-3 doubleplay resolved that situation. A run would score against Foth-Thomas in the 4th and once it did he struck out the last two batters to end the inning. The final line on Foth-Thomas was an impressive 6IP 4H 1R 1BB 7K. Erik Sabrowski would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning that included two strikeouts. Scott Kramers would come in to pitch the final two frames retiring the first four batters he faced before allowing a run. The Prospects offense Saturday night started immediately! A leadoff single by Derek Shedden was brought home by the batter hitting second Zane Takhar. With Takhar on third and 2-out, Nick Spillman would single him home. With the bases now loaded, Anthony Cusati would hit a 2-RBI single to make the score 4-0 but the Prospects were not done yet. Mackenzie Parlow, the ninth batter of the inning, completed the scoring with a RBI single of his own to make it 5-0 Prospects after one inning. With the score 5-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Prospects offense would reignite. Takhar and Jake Lanferman would lead the inning off with singles being advanced by a productive out from Michael Gahan. Spillman would hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1. Aidan Huggins would hit a RBI double followed up by a RBI single care of Dean Olson which made the score 8-1 and chased the Mavericks reliever from the game. Parlow would collect his second RBI of the night with a double to bring the score up to 9-1. The bottom of the 7th inning started much the same as the 6th with Takhar and Lanferman reaching base to start things off. Gahan would join them on the basepaths, extending his personal hit streak to 7 games, loading them up with no outs. A wild pitch would send one run across the plate and another Spillman sacrifice fly would bring our score to 11-1. The Prospects would start the bottom of the 8th again loading the bases with no out. Lanferman collected a painful RBI collecting a base via being hit by a pitch. Spillman would collect RBI 4 and 5 with a single making the score 14-2. Huggins would collect the last RBI of the game bringing us to our final score of 15-2. Player Of The Game: 5 RBI man Nick Spillman earns this honour. Two timely singles and two sacrifice flies by Spillman were keys in the Prospects big offensive night. Play Of The Game: In the bottom of the 1st with our Prospects already up 2-0, Anthony Cusati would come up with the bases loaded and 2-out. An out here could have killed the momentum the Prospects started with but Cusati came through with a 2-RBI base knock! Next Game: Heroes Day at the park for a Sunday, June 25th 2:05PM game versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks. UPCOMING GAMES (all games at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05PM) Tuesday June 27: Fusion Financial Toonie Tuesday! Buy one general admission ticket full price get one for only a toonie, versus the Fort McMurray Giants. Wednesday June 28: Dog Day! Bring your dog (on a leash!) to the game with you! The Fort McMurray Giants once again provide the opposition. Thursday June 29: Oilersnation Thirsty Thursday! All beverages (including alcohol!) are $1 off! Weyburn Beavers make their bi-annual visit to Edmonton. Friday June 30: The Comic Strip presents Friday Night Funnies with Rick Bronson as emcee! The Weyburn Beavers finish their 2-game set in Edmonton. Saturday July 1: Traditional Canada Day Spectacular Event! Suites and balcony seats are already sold out; do not delay ordering your grandstand seats to this event! The Moose Jaw Millers provide the competition. Sunday July 2: Shine FM Faith And Family Day! A matinee ballgame, 2:05PM first pitch!

Prospects Swept in Regina

The East leading Regina Red Sox proved to be a just a bit too much for our Prospects Thursday and Friday in Regina. The 14-3 score from Thursday’s loss was largely inflated by a big 8th inning while Friday’s 5-4 loss came in the bottom of the 9th inning.

THURSDAY:

Finnigan Duffield was the Prospects starting pitcher and fell into the 2nd inning trap that has been haunting the team recently.  By the end of the 2nd inning the Red Sox brought home 5 runs versus Duffield but the door was slammed shut after that. For each of the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings Duffield would only allow one runner and would keep him on the basepaths.

The Prospects hit the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning when a leadoff walk to Erik Sabrowski followed by a sacrifice bunt and a defensive error brought him home.

A leadoff walk in the top of the 5th by Aidan Huggins would turn into the Prospects second run of the game making the score 5-2 in favor of the Red Sox.  Michael Gahan earned the RBI with a single.

With the score 14-2 Red Sox heading into the top of the 9th, our Prospects did not go quietly into the night and were able to put up one more run.  With 2-out Matt Quartel would triple and be brought home by Anthony Cusati

Player Of The Game: Michael Gahan’s RBI single extended his personal hitting streak to 5 games.

Play Of The Game: Finnigan Duffield gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 3rd after giving up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Folding like a card house in a wind storm would have been so easy but Duffield showed maturity beyond his years.  After a “productive out” by the Red Sox, the final two batters were strikeout victims!

FRIDAY:

Derek Shedden led off the game with a walk and Michael Gahan extended his personal hitting streak to 6 games which staked the Prospects to a 1-0 lead. 

Gahan was also your Prospects starting pitcher on Friday. He allowed runs in each of his first three innings but finished with clean 4th and 5th innings.

With the 2-1 Red Sox in the top of the 3rd inning, the Prospects put up three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Shedden would lead the inning off with a single followed up by a Zane Takhar double. A RBI groundout by Jake Lanferman plated the first run of the rally. Gahan collected his 2nd RBI of the evening with a single and would eventually come home to finish the rally.

With the score tied at four, Jye Deeble came in to pitch 6th and 7th innings for your Prospects.  Collecting 4 strikeouts Deeble left the game with the score knotted at 4.

Andrew Grieder came into the pitch the 8th and 9th inning and would be saddled with the loss when a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth turned into the walkoff run for the Red Sox.

Player Of The Game: Derek Shedden three times led off an inning by getting on base. The first two times he came around to score and the third time he ended a string of nine straight outs by the Red Sox starter.

Play Of The Game: The RBI single by Michael Gahan in the top of the first immediately erased the bad memories of the previous night.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

 

 

Prospects Back On Winning Track

By Len Nunes

Wednesday night marked the beginning of a 3-game road trip for our Prospects and our boys started the trip with a win! Never trailing in the game, the Prospects defeated the Brooks Bombers 5-2.

Jake Lanferman would lead off the top of the 2nd inning with a single and would come around to score to give our Prospects a 1-0 lead.

Aidan Huggins would lead off the top of the 3rd inning with a single and would be brought home by Michael Gahan. Erik Sabrowski, extending his personal hit streak to 6 games, would double bringing home Gahan making the score 3-0.

Prospects starting pitcher Taran Oulton would allow a run in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th. With the bases loaded, 2-out in the bottom of the 4th Oulton would strike out Lee Thomas to maintain the Prospects 3-2 lead. Oulton’s final line on the evening was a solid 6IP 6H 2R 4BB 5K.

Sabrowski would pick up his 2nd RBI of the game in the top of the 5th inning driving home Derek Shedden to extend the Prospects lead to 4-2.

After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Lanferman earned a bases loaded walk in the top of the 7th inning to further extend the lead to 5-2.

Scott Gillespie would take over on the mound for the Prospects in the 7th inning. Gillespie entered the game with 0.00 ERA and left the game with his ERA intact! His final line for the evening – 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 4K.

Play Of The Game: A 4-6-3 double play in the bottom of the 7th inning by our Prospects defense snuffed out the only momentum the Bombers were able to establish against reliever Scott Gillespie.

Player Of The Game: With an RBI in the 3rd and 5th inning, Erik Sabrowski earns this honour. His personal 6-game hit streak has raised his batting average to a team leading .382.

Next Game: The beginning of a 2-game road set in Regina versus the Eastern leading Red Sox. First pitch goes Thursday night at 7:05PM.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.