Double Trouble In Medicine Hat
By Len Nunes
The Edmonton Prospects have two big wins this season versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks. One ended a Mavericks 10-game win streak; the other ended a 13-game win streak. Wednesday night the Prospects played a doubleheader in Medicine Hat and walked away empty handed.
Game one of the double-bill originally started on Thursday July 19th at RE/MAX but the weather forced the game to be stopped after 4 innings. Playing as the "home team", the Prospects started the night behind by a score of 3-1 and finished the night losing 9-4.
Michael Gahan's final combined pitching line between July 19th's work and last night's work shows 9 runs against on 17 hits allowed while collecting 6 strikeouts. His pitching line will also show a gaudy 139 pitches thrown (97 strikes). Gahan now leads the Prospects pitching staff in strikeouts (40). Matt Brisson made his 3rd appearance of the season on the mound for the Prospects finishing out the game.
Offensive highlights of game included Daylen Calicdan and Aidan Huggins both going 3-for-4 at the plate. Calicdan hit two doubles while Huggins hit one. Huggins, along with Liu and Spillman (2), collected the RBI on the evening for the Prospects.
Game two of the double-bill had the hottest Prospects starting pitcher take the mound in Connor Burns. Burns had pitched back-to-back shutout five inning appearances. The Mavericks ended Burns' 14 scoreless inning streak putting up 3 runs in the 2nd inning. Burns pitched into the 7th inning leaving with 2-outs after the Mavericks hit their 2nd home run of the evening making it 6-0.
The Prospects only run came in the top of the 8th with Eric Crain at the plate. A wild pitch by Tyler Shumpert allowed Tony Olson to cross the plate. Olson finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with his double being the only Prospects extra-bases hit.
The two losses drop the Prospects record to 19-23 placing them in 3rd place in the Western Division one game ahead of the Lethbridge Bulls. The next two Prospects games are against those Bulls in Lethbridge. With only 4 games left in the season, two wins at Spitz Stadium would lock up third place for the Prospects.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
For the first game it truly is a coin toss between Daylen Calicdan and Aidan Huggins. Both 3-for-4 at the dish the deciding factor depends on your view of whether the 2nd double by Calicdan is more important than the RBI by Huggins. I don't have a coin handy so Calicdan and Huggins will share the Player of the Game nomination.
For the second game Tony Olson earns the nomination.
July 26 and 27 in Lethbridge
FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON
Saturday July 28 - CISN Country Night - hosting Fort McMurray 7PM
Sunday July 29 - Fan Appreciation Day - hosting Fort McMurray 2:05PM
PLAYOFFS BEGIN JULY 31 - STAY TUNED FOR SCHEDULE!