Edmonton Prospects Win Third Straight Game
by Len Nunes
All day in the Capital City, the word "tornado" kept being floated around in the weather reports. That did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 1,372 fans who wished to see their team continue their early season fight for first place. The Edmonton Prospects defeated the Fort McMurray Giants by a score of 6-3 and are in a 3-way tie for first place in the Western Division.
The Prospects hit the board right away as Anthony Cusati hit a triple to score Zane Takhar. That triple puts Cusati in a log-jam of batters in the league lead tied with 1. Tony Olson would bring home Cusati to give the Prospects a 2-0 lead after one.
Cusati picked his second RBI of the game and team leading 8th RBI of the season in the third inning. With Nick Spillman on second, Cusati hit his 4th double of the year placing him in a tie for second in the league in doubles. Michael Gahan would hit a double of his own to score Cusati to make it a 4-0 lead for the Prospects after three.
Taran Oulton, and his 0.00 ERA, took the mound for the Prospects. Oulton retired his first seven batters and breezed through the first three innings facing the minimum amount of Giants. In his 5th and final frame of the evening the Giants would score a run but it was an unearned run protecting the perfect 0.00 ERA. The zero ERA is impressive as Oulton has 12 innings under belt in his three appearances which places him in a tie for 4th most in the league. What's been the key to Oulton's early season success you ask? Health is the answer as he explained to the Edmonton Sun's Jason Hills:
Taran Oulton was thrown into a tough situation last year with the Edmonton Prospects but made the most of it. Oulton was dealing with a sprained ligament in his throwing arm and when he arrived at Prospects training camp last year, made the decision to battle through it....
“My arm would get tired and sore really quickly, but I’m the type of guy that doesn’t use any of that as an excuse. If I was to use that as an excuse, maybe I shouldn’t be out there playing,” said Oulton of his injury. “You can pitch through it, but with it being sprained, it can snap at any given time and there were times where I had to be more cautious. I think I did good job with what I was dealing with and I’m ready to take an even bigger step this year. Every time I step on the mound, I expect to be at my best to give my team a chance to win....I know I can pitch like the ace of the staff, but I know if I don’t bring it one day, Michael Gahan could step up, or Scott Gillespie or any one of us starters. We have a lot of guys that can step into the role when we need it. We all have each other’s back.”
The Prospects would get that run back in the bottom of the 6th as Olson collected his 2nd RBI of the evening driving home Takhar making it 5-1 for the good guys.
Aidan Huggins led off the bottom of the 7th with a walk. Lead-off walks drive managers crazy in the MLB as do fielding errors. Both these occurrences happen because they are a part of the game of baseball but when they happen in the same inning it tends to become a run scoring situation. 6-1 Prospects.
Dylan Emmons, who started the first game of this 4-game split home and home series, pitched the 6th and 7th innings for the Prospects. Emmons stranded two Giants in his first frame and made centerfielder Percy Liu catch three fly balls in his second frame.
Jordan Smith came in to pitch the final two frames of the evening. An unearned run scored in the top of the 8th to reduce the Prospects lead to 6-2. In the 9th, the Giants added one more and were able to bring the tying run to the plate but Smith was able to get John Loschiavo to groundout to second to end the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Prospects Internet Voice Jimmy Morrison gave Cusati the honour of play of the game. We see that and raise it to Player of the Game. Cusati’s triple to deep left centre driving in a run started the night off on the right foot.
Sunday June 10, 2PM AT Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs are one of the teams currently tied with the Prospects for first place.
June 12 and 13 AT Brooks Bombers
June 15-17 VS Lethbridge Bulls
June 16 Pride Night - Proud Partner of Pride Week 2018. Door prizes, drag queens and all around Pride fun
June 17 Father's Day - Play catch on-field with Dad post-game. Ticket and food specials available.