Just past the two week anniversary of his perfect game, Rich Walker pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout for the Edmonton Prospects. The game was played in only two hours and ten minutes as Collin Thomas of the Brooks Bombers also pitched a complete game. The only offence on Canadian Armed Forces Night at RE/MAX Field was two runs in the bottom of the 5th. The 2-0 win puts the Prospects on a 3-game winning streak.
The game did not have a smooth start for Walker and the Prospects defence. A lead-off single followed by three errors loaded the bases and gave the Bombers a loaded bases, no out situation. Walker struck out Bryce O’Farrell then watched his defence turn a double-play to escape the jam. This was Brooks’ first game without Riley MacDonald. The new home run king of the WMBL and now former Brooks Bomber signed a professional contract with the Quebec Capitals. A tip of the cap to MacDonald for going pro!
At one point Walker retired 11 consecutive Bombers. The streak was broken up by a lead-off walk in the 6th. The Prospects second double-play of the evening kept Walker cruising along. Walker did not allow another hit until 1-out in the 8th inning. The Prospects Instagram account posted the 27th out of the evening as 2,123 fans congratulated Walker on a job well done!
All the offence the Prospects needed came in the fifth inning. Beaux Guilbeau led the inning off with a single but was swapped out on base with Anthony Cusati after a fielder’s choice. AJ Nitzschke hit a single to left field to give the Prospects runners on the corner. The Bombers intentionally walked Tony Olson who had already collected a double and a single on the evening loading the bases for Zane Takhar. Down in the count 1-2, Takhar smacked a ball to center field making the score 2-0.
Rich Walker deservedly earns the Player of the Game nod with a complete game shutout. In his 6th start of the season, his 6 strikeouts is his second highest game total of the season.
Sunday July 15 vs Brooks – RE/MAX Family Day – In support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. Pick up a free Prospects Magazine on the concourse for player autographs! 2:05 PM first pitch!
Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina 7PM
Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat – Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed – 7PM
Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer – 7:05 PM First Pitch
Friday July 20 vs Regina – Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7;05 PM First Pitch
*Outside Food Policy – The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.