To begin Canada Day, your Edmonton Prospects defeated the Lethbridge Bulls in a matinee game to extend their winning streak at the time to three games. They had previously defeated the Okotoks Dawgs Red (recap) and Sylvan Lake Gulls before becoming the “home” team for the afternoon affair at Spitz Stadium.
As such, the Prospects walked off the Bulls via a 3-run 9th inning capped off by a Dion Wintjes single. The Canada Day night cap in Lethbridge, the Prospects now the road team, ended the winning streak. Last night, the Prospects started what hopefully will be another winning streak hanging on to defeat the Bulls 9-7.
The Prospects opened the scoring after a double steal put runners on 2nd and 3rd base. McCoy Pearce and Devin Heck would each drive in a runner to put the Prospects up 2-0 after the 1st inning. Conor Bronson led the 2nd inning off with a double and would be brought home by Brendan Luther extending the lead to 3-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.
Prospects starting pitcher Julian Tymochko, who sits second in the league for collecting strikeouts (23), ran into the trouble giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk. As Tymochko has done all season long, he rebounded well with clean slates in the 3rd and 4th inning.
In the top of the 4th, the Prospects took back the lead when after another double steal on the bases, Luther collected his 2nd RBI of the night knocking in the lead runner. Jonny McGill brought in the second runner to make it 5-3.
The lead ballooned to 9-3 for the Prospects in the top of the 5th. With the bases loaded Bronson brought home a run. With Jean-Luc Bussieres at the plate, a wild pitch tacked on another run. Luther capped off the rally with a 2-run double bringing his season RBI total up to 8 which ties him for the team lead with Heck.
The Bulls would score runs in the bottom of the 5th and 6th versus Tymochko before Prospects Head Coach Jordan Blundell went to his bullpen with the score 9-5. Maris Brons, making his 3rd appearance of the season, pitched a solid 7th inning before giving up an unearned run in the top of the 8th (the lead-off batter reached via an error) departing with 1-out and 1-on. Jesse Poniewozik, making his 4th appearance of the season, couldn’t keep the inherited runner on base making the game 9-7. A lead he protected collecting the final five outs of the game.
The Prospects stay in Lethbridge for game tonight (July 3) and tomorrow afternoon (July 4).
NEXT HOME GAMES:
Saturday June 10 at Centennial Field 9 in Sherwood Park versus Okotoks Dawgs Red at 7:05 PM. Re-match at Sunday at 2:05 PM.