Afternoon Game Re-cap – July 3 – Emma Caiger

It was a great afternoon of baseball on Sunday, with your Edmonton Prospects playing two games against the Melville Millionaires. The last place Millionaires led things off on the first, with Edmonton pitcher Pat Van Den Brink issuing Melville a lead-off walk who would come in to score for the first run of the game. Things didn’t look much better by the end of the second after an error, allowing Melville to take an early 2-0 lead with no earned runs.

Van Den Brink pitched 5.2 innings with one earned run and a respectable 7 strikeouts, but with the lack of run support, couldn’t pull off the win himself. Zach Siggelkow pitched in relief, and a couple of missed pitches allowed two batters to walk in the 8th. After an unfortunate double by Ryan Peep, Melville had a 7-0 lead over the Edmonton Prospects going into the bottom of inning.

And this is one of those things that makes us love this sport. You can be 6 outs away from defeat, and eight runs back from the lead, but this is baseball, and anything can happen. The Prospects had been grinding away through eight innings, and only had 5 hits to show for it.

Kody Funderburk got a base hit to right field to start the inning. After Wedgewood was put out, Tony Olson walked after being hit by a stray pitch. Kyle McComb hit a double, allowing Olson to advance to third after a throwing error got Funderburk home for the first run of the night for Edmonton.

Noah Hill (who’s batting an impressive .358) hit a dinger to centre field, getting an RBI with Olson scoring. After a pitching change, Scammell found himself on first base with McComb getting home safely on an error. Spillman, the seventh batter for Edmonton of the inning got on base after yet another Melville error, meaning that the score was 7-3 with one out, bases loaded, and Griffy Goyer at the plate. Goyer, who had been making great catches in centre field all day, had the table set for him, but drew a walk, forcing Hill to walk home to make the score 7-4.

Rookie Colin Kreiter gets on first after a stray fielder’s choice and Scammell and Spillman both get home, but both are unearned. Kody Funderburk hit a single to right and was replaced by pinch runner Eric Sabrowski at first and Griffy Goyer was put out for the second out of the inning, during the second time through the Edmonton line-up. Thanks to some heads-up baseball, Sabrowski advanced to second on a wild pitch, putting himself in scoring position while Wedgewood drew a walk.

The bases were loaded with two outs for Tony Olson. The crowd was going wild as he hit a big single into centre, allowing both Kreiter and Sabrowski to score, tying the game up in the bottom of the 8th. But wait, there’s more! After yet another pitching change, Kyle McComb hits his second double of the inning, scoring both Olson and Wedgewood and giving the Edmonton Prospects a 10-7 lead – their first lead of the game. History repeated itself again with Hill hitting a single to centre to score McComb. Scammell hit a fly-out into right field for out number 3, but the damage was done – After eight innings, the Edmonton Prospects were leading Melville 11-7, after seven straight shutout innings.

The Millionaires scored another two runs in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Prospects, who won 11-9, thanks to one crazy inning in the eighth. In total, 12 runs were scored in that inning, but only one of Edmonton’s runs were earned.

The bats were clearly warmed up in Edmonton, with the Prospects beating the Millionaires 9-6 in the second game of the night, making it a great day down at the Edmonton Ballpark. Think they can keep this up? The Prospects are on the road for a few days and will be returning on Thursday to face the Medicine Hat Mavericks at 7pm.