Prospects Win Number 13 Ends Mavericks 13-Game Win Streak
By Len Nunes
The Edmonton Prospects have done it again! Proving to be the Medicine Hat Mavericks kryptonite, the Prospects ended their 13-game winning streak. The Prospects are now responsible for two of the four Mavericks losses on the season. The other Prospect victory versus the Mavericks ended their 10-game win streak back in June. Last night, after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Prospects went on to win the wild and woolly game 13-10.
The Mavericks, looking to tie a franchise record 14-game win streak, had their first three batters reach base before Prospects starter Rich Walker retired the side in order. The last time WMBL fans saw Walker on the mound he threw a perfect game against the Fort McMurray Giants. The Prospects offence quickly got back those two runs plus more!
With 2-out in the top of the second, Beaux Guilbeau hit a single. With a 1-0 count, Anthony Cusati hit his first home run of the season tying the game at two. The Prospects then proceeded to load the bases via AJ Nitzschke and Percy Liu singles and Tony Olson being hit by a pitch. Zane Takhar would earn a painful RBI being hit by a pitch. Michael Gahan singled scoring Liu and Olson making it 5-2 Prospects.
Rich Walker pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the second to quickly send his smoking hot offence back onto the field and they did not disappoint.
Eric Crain, extending his personal hit streak to 6, doubled to lead off the 3rd inning. Guilbeau picked up his 2nd RBI of the season bringing Crain home with a single. Nitzschke hit his team-leading 3rd homerun of the season giving the Prospects an 8-2 lead. The Mavericks got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning but the Prospects just kept mashing.
Takhar and Gahan led the 4th inning off with back-to-back singles. Nick Spillman ground into a double-play but Takhar still scored. Crain reached base on the only defensive error of the night by the Mavericks and was joined on board by Guilbeau and Cusati who both walked. Nitzschke collected RBI 3 and 4 of the evening knocking home Crain and Guilbeau making it 11-3 for the Prospects.
Back on the mound, Walker left the game after pitching 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 8 hits. Walker did not issue any walks and collected two strikeouts.
In the top of the 7th the Prospects grew their lead to 13-5 when Cusati and Nitzschke started the inning with a walk and a single respectively. Olson brought home Cusati and Takhar brought home Nitzschke.
Josh Sieglitz came in to pitch the bottom of the 7th for the Prospects and struggled. In two previous appearances versus the Mavericks, Sieglitz had combined to pitch 4 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits. The line on Saturday night read 1 inning played, 5 runs against on 4 hits.
Edgar Barclay took over on the Prospects mound in the 8th inning in a 6-out save situation up 13-10. The Mavericks went down in order in the 8th but made things tense in the 9th. With the bases loaded and two out, Barclay got his third strikeout of the inning (and fifth of the night) to end the threat and end the 13-game win streak of the Mavericks.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
AJ Nitzschke went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run and 4 RBI. Congratulations AJ you have earned the “Player Of The Game” nomination!
July 8 - visiting Okotoks 2:05 PM first pitch
NEXT HOME GAMES
Tuesday, July 10 vs Yorkton Cardinals
Friday, July 13 vs Yorkton Cardinals - Be sure to check out social media channels for a preview of our Stars Wars themed game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H.
We are 365 days away from the Prospects hosting the All-Star Game!