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!