You always hear and read that after a blowout loss a team wants to get back out there as soon as possible to erase the memory of an off-game. After losing 11-4 on Friday to the Okotoks Dawgs, what the Prospects got was an off-day to wait for their rematch versus those same Dawgs. The Prospects used the pent up frustration to build up an 8-0 lead after four innings. The Dawgs would threaten to make it close in the 8th inning, closing the score to 9-5, but the home team was not to be denied on Minor Baseball Day at the park. In front of 2,327 fans, many proudly wearing their minor league uniform, the Prospects defeated the Dawgs 11-5.
Three games into the season Taran Oulton drew his second starting assignment of the season. After a 3-up-3-down first inning, Oulton found himself in a 1-out, bases loaded jam in the bottom of the second. Instead of sending fans into a “oh oh here we again” mindset, Oulton struck out Markus Skundrich swinging then induced an inning ending groundball. To keep instilling confidence in the RE/MAX Field faithful Oulton would pitch clean 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth. Speaking of building confidence in your hometown faithful, by the time Oulton gave up his only run against in the 5th inning his offence had already given him an 8-0 lead.
Anthony Cusati, entering the day 4-7 at the plate, continued his hot start with a 2-RBI double to left field driving in Percy Liu and Jake Lanferman to open the scoring in the bottom in the 3rd. Then the floodgates opened!
The Prospects scored three runs in the bottom of the 4th before the Dawgs collected their first out. Percy Liu drew a bases loaded walk to collect his 2nd RBI of the season then Daylen Calicdan hit a 2-RBI single to balloon the score to 5-0 Prospects. With 2-on and 1-out, the Dawgs were not going to mess around with the red-hot Cusati and intentionally walked him. Matt Coutney, the 9th batter of the inning, collected a 2-RBI single of his own making the score 7-0. Zane Takhar would bring Cusati home with a single making it 8-0.
In the bottom of the 5th the Prospects would regain their 8-run lead when Jake Lanferman singled home Percy Liu.
Brenden Wiun would take over on the mound for the Prospects in the top of the 6th. After allowing a leadoff homer, Wiun retired the next four batters he faced before stranding two in the top of the 7th.
You will have trouble convincing Prospects pitcher Marion McLean that this was not Friday the 13th as nothing went right. Three defensive errors led to three runs crossing the plate. All of sudden a blowout game was too close for comfort sitting at 9-5 heading into the Prospects half of the 8th inning. The offence erased any doubt!
Coutney collected his 3rd RBI of the night with a triple. Mike Ozga collected his first RBI of the season bringing Coutney home erasing all doubt in the outcome.
The honour today goes to starting pitcher Taran Oulton. How different does this game go if Oulton does not work himself out of his second jam? Oulton collected 8 K’s in his 5 innings, the Dawgs entire pitching staff only collected 4 all game.
Tuesday June 5 and Wednesday June 6 in Fort McMurray. 7 o’clock starts both nights.
Friday June 8 – BLUE JAYS DAY – Wear your Toronto Blue Jays gear and bid on in-game autographed Blue Jays memorabilia. The Fort McMurray Giants provide the competition, 7PM start.
Saturday June 9 – CROWN JEWEL NIGHT – pregame community open house at RE/MAX Field. 7:05 first pitch versus the Fort McMurray Giants.