Make Sure To Keep Your Tickets From Last Night’s Rainout!

Mother Nature quite literally rained on the Prospects parade Tuesday night. After waiting an hour and fifteen minutes after the scheduled start to the game, Prospects management were forced to cancel the game due to an unrelenting rain. You are probably asking yourself, “so what about my ticket”?

Your ticket (whether it be on Ticketmaster stock, printer paper or a QR code on your phone) is valid to attend any other Edmonton Prospects regular season game except for the traditional Canada Day game. Simply bring your ticket to the box office the night/afternoon of the game and they will exchange them for a ticket to the new event.

Player Of The Game: To the hundreds of Prospects fans who braved the elements and went to RE/MAX Field in hopes of watching some baseball, this honour goes to all of you.

Next Game: Wednesday June 21st in Brooks against the Bombers. 7:05 first pitch.

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.

Comeback Falls Just Short For Prospects

Did you know that Monday June 19th was the Prospects first Monday night game of the season? For most of us, just the thought of Monday makes us groan but after falling behind 5-0 the Prospects were oh so close to completing the comeback and sending RE/MAX Field fans home ecstatic. The final score would be 5-3 in favour of the Okotoks Dawgs.

Jordan Parranto was your starting pitcher for the Prospects, his second start of the season and third appearance overall. Much like Sunday’s loss to the Dawgs in Okotoks the 2nd inning was a problem point for our boys as the visitors put up 3 runs.  Parranto would settle in on the mound allowing only a walk in the third, retiring the Dawgs in order in the fourth and stranding two base runners in the 5th. The Dawgs would put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with no out in the top of the 6th and they would both score extending their lead to 5-0.

Cue the beginnings of the comeback in the bottom of the 6th. Jake Lanferman came up to the plate with the bases loaded and with a sharply hit ball to left field cleared the bases with a 3-RBI triple.

With the score still 5-3 Dawgs in the bottom of the 8th inning; Corey Jackson took the mound for the visitors. Jackson had gone four consecutive outings without allowing a run and that streak came as close as possible to being snapped by our Prospects. The Prospects loaded the bases and forced the Dawgs to go deeper into their bullpen just to get the final out of the inning and strand the runners.

Erik Sabrowski would extend his personal hitting streak to the 5-game plateau.

Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman for the second consecutive game earns this honour. His 6th inning 3-RBI triple was a nice follow-up to his solo home run from last Saturday.

Player Of The Game: Relief pitcher Andrew Grieder entered the game in the 7th inning and wonderfully did his part in keeping the Prospects in line to complete the comeback. Three shutout innings allowing only three hits and striking three.

Next Game: Toonie Tuesday June 20th  First pitch 7:05PM. Buy one ticket regular price, get a second for only a toonie. 

Rough 2nd Inning Foils Prospects

By Len Nunes

Saturday night marked the third meeting of the season between the Okotoks Dawgs and our Edmonton Prospects. In the first two meetings between the clubs the home team has won and that trend continued last night in Okotoks as the Dawgs won. With the next two Prospects home games (Monday and Tuesday) being versus the Dawgs it is a trend Edmonton fans hope continues.

Think for a moment about your favourite MLB pitcher. If you Google that pitcher’s name plus the words “bad inning”, examples will come up of uncharacteristic performances by said pitcher. Saturday night Prospects starter Noah Gapp had one of those performances.

Gapp entered last night’s game having pitched back-to-back complete games (the only two in the WMBL thus far) and saw everything go wrong in the second inning.  7 runs on 6 hits plus 3 defensive errors by our Prospects put on the rally caps super early this game. Even with the 3-error inning, our Prospects defense is still the highest rated fielding percentage in the league (.972).

Our Prospects rallied in the 4th inning to load the bases after a leadoff single by Michael Gahan and 2-out walks by Dean Olson and Mackenzie Parlow. A strikeout ended the inning and left those runners all stranded.

In the top of the 6th inning Jake Lanferman took matters into his own hands. Down 8-0 on the scoreboard, Lanferman put our Prospects on the board with home run!

In the top of the 7th, the Prospects would once again load the bases but a fly out would end the rally and leave the score at what would end up being our final 8-1.

Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman’s 6th inning homer!

Player Of The Game: The Prospects bullpen duo of Scott Gillespie and Zaine Foth-Thomas. Both would pitch two innings and would allow a combined 4 baserunners and 0 zero runs! Do not discredit these young men because they were pitching in a game where their team was trailing by a large deficit, they both pitched legitimately well. Gillespie was making his 4th appearance of the season and maintained his 0.00 ERA while Foth-Thomas made his 5th appearance of 2017 and reduced his ERA to 3.24.

Next Games:

Pride Night Monday June 19 vs Okotoks Dawgs, 7PM at RE/MAX Field

Toonie Tuesday June 20 vs Okotoks Dawgs, 7PM at RE/MAX Field (Buy one ticket regular price, get the second one for only a toonie)

Good Ballgame, Wrong Result

By Len Nunes

We are in the middle of June and our Edmonton Prospects just lost their first home game of the season bringing their record at RE/MAX Field to 4-1 (8-3 overall). With the loss, the Lethbridge Bulls played leap frog in the standings taking a half-game lead in the West. With the Prospects off on Friday and the Bulls playing in Fort McMurray, our boys could become tied for first place by day’s end from the comfort of their own couches if our former tenants the Giants beat the Bulls.

After serving as a DH and hitting a home run Wednesday night, Erik Sabrowski was your starting pitcher for Thursday’s affair.  Sabrowski pitched the first two innings and was charged with a run against on a Bulls sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the second inning.

Our offense promptly responded in the bottom of the 2nd! Tony Olson hit a 2-out single (extending his personal hit streak to 6 games), stole 2nd base to put himself into scoring position and was driven home by Marion McLean to tie the game at 1.

Speaking of personal hit streaks, Dean Olson extended his to 9 games with a single in the first inning.

Scott Kramers, making his second appearance of the season, took over on the Prospects mound in the third inning. His pitching line from both his games is almost identical including giving up a run in his final frame of work, which tonight was the 5th inning.  Three innings played allowing only 1 run on 3 hits is very respectable. Kramers retired the first 6 batters he faced.

Zaine Foth-Thomas would come on to pitch for your Prospects in the 6th inning and needed a little help from his defense to escape a bases loaded, 1-out jam. Third baseman Tony Olson would cleanly field the ball hit by Cole Hadley and throw home to get the out and keep the score at 2-1 for the Bulls.  Unfortunately in the bottom of the sixth inning, it would be the Prospects that stranded the bases loaded.

Foth_Thomas would find his game in the 7th inning allowing only a walk but would be pulled in the 8th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd. The Bulls second sacrifice fly of the night extended their lead to 3-1 and that would be your final score.

Play Of The Game: The honour goes to Marion McLean’s outfield assist. In the top of the 5th inning, Brett Brittany came to the plate for the Bulls with two runners on. His single into right field easily scored the lead runner but McLean would deny the trailer and limit the damage done by the Bulls.

Player Of The Game: Marion McLean’s single drove home the only Prospects run and he had the defensive gem of the night so by default, this honour also goes to him.

Next Game: Saturday June 17 in Okotoks 7PM

Next Home Game: Pride Night Monday June 19 vs Okotoks at RE/MAX Field 7PM! Watch Ryder from HOT 107 throw the first pitch!

 

 

 

 

First Homer At RE/MAX Field Launches Prospects Into 1st Place

By Len Nunes

Like we all have all seen the Baseball Gods do so many times, a rain-filled day in Edmonton turned into a wonderful night for baseball. First pitch was bumped to 7:20 but by the time the last pitch of the night was thrown, the first ever homer was hit at RE/MAX Field and your Prospects would move into first place in the West. A come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Fort McMurray Giants puts the Prospects record at 8-2.

Prospects' starter Andrew Grieder would load the bases in the opening frame issuing a hit-by-pitch and two walks but would escape the inning with two strikeouts for the final two outs. Grieder would allow the leadoff batter on base each inning except for his fifth and final frame thanks to a great play by second baseman Tony Olson to rob Tyler Friis of a sure-fire hit. For a young man that played with fire most of the evening, Grieder’s final line was a respectable 5IP 3H 2R 4BB 4k. 

While a defensive error contributed to the first Giants run of the game in the 3rd inning, the Prospects' defence was on point Wednesday night. Catcher Andrew Cusati would throw out Joey Nicastro trying to steal 2nd to end the second inning but the true spotlight belongs to left fielder Derek Shedden. In the top of the 4th inning with 1 out, Shedden charged in to catch a fly ball dipping toward the ground inches before it hits the ground. Next play Shedden again gets on his horse to chase a ball fading away from him.

The offensive highlight of the early innings was in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Dean Olson extended his personal hitting streak to 8 games with a 1-out single.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Shedden and Dean Olson drew 1-out walks. Jake Lanferman put the Prospects on the board with a RBI single. In what was described as a “comedy of errors” by guest announcer Tyler Yaremchuk, a ball hit off of the bat of Michael Gahan directly at the Giant’s third baseman scored Olson and Lanferman making it 3-2 for the home team.

The bullpen for your Prospects was nothing short of brilliant over the course of the final four innings. Zaine Foth-Thomas took over on the Prospects mound in the top of the 6th inning and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a leadoff single in the 7th being the only blemish during his quality two innings of work.  Taran Oulton pitched the 8th inning for your Prospects allowing only a single and striking out Richard Ortiz. Fireballer Andrew Mirasty would earn the save in the 9th in the most impressive of ways, he struck out the side!

With the score still 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Erik Sabrowski would lead off the inning for your Prospects with a bang - a first pitch home run!! The first ever at RE/MAX Field and the second of the Prospects season following Caeden Harris’ homer last Sunday in Medicine Hat. The offence was not quite done yet as Tony Olson, who extended his personal hitting streak to the 5-game plateau, singled home Nick Spillman to bring us to our final score of 5-2.

Play Of The Game: There were many worthy defensive candidates for this honour but one must go with the Erik Sabrowski HR because everybody digs the long ball!

Player Of The Game: The Edmonton Prospects Bullpen. Zaine Foth-Thomas, Taran Oulton, and Andrew Mirasty would combine for the following impressive pitching line – 4IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K.

Next game: A battle to stay in first place versus the Lethbridge Bulls Thursday night at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05. Thursday’s are always Thirsty Thursday’s, save $1 on your beverages!