Second Inning Foibles Strike Again For Our Prospects

By Len Nunes

As much as one would like to use the lip-synced words of Milli Vanilli and blame Tuesday night’s loss on the rain, the truth of the matter is the loss came down to one tough inning and it’s the inning that has been the team’s Achilles heel all season. Fort McMurray walked away 10-5 winners last night in large part to a 6-run second inning that as valiantly as our boys tried to claw back, it was just too great of a deficit to overcome.

The Giants opened up the scoring in the top of the 1st but our Prospects quickly got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  With the bases loaded and 1-out, Nick Spillman hit his team leading third sacrifice fly of the season to tie the ballgame at one.

Prospects starter Jordan Parranto lost the plate in the top of the second leaving with the bases loaded after walking the first two batters and hitting a batter. Brett Higgins, who pitched very good 3rd and 4th innings, would not stop the bleeding until six Giants runs would cross the plate.

Our Prospects did get two runs back in the bottom of the second courtesy of a 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar to bring the score within four at 7-3. The hit extended Takhar’s personal hit streak to 5 games.

A leadoff single by Mackenzie Parlow in the bottom of the 4th would become run number four of the game for the Prospects when Derek Shedden would knock him with a productive out.

A leadoff single would once again get cashed in the bottom of the 5th inning as Aidan Huggins would cross the plate bringing the score to within two, 7-5.

Scott Kramers came into the game in the top of the 5th inning to pitch for the home team and retired his first five batters faced. He would leave in the 7th inning after allowing a leadoff single to Richard Ortiz and with 1-out see a Travis Turner blooper to right field fall just millimeters from being foul.

Jye Deeble would take over on the mound and after walking his first batter would induce a flyout to right fielder Jake Lanferman. Lanferman would throw home to Mackenzie Parlow to try to catch the Giants Ortiz trying to score from third base and had the throw there in plenty of time but Ortiz needlessly threw a hockey style body check bowling over Parlow. After the dust had settled from a bench clearing brawl, under his own power Parlow was placed into an ambulance and taken to hospital for precautionary reasons to get completely checked out.

The Giants added three runs in the top of the 8th to bring us to our final score of 10-5.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Dean Olson would hit a 2-out single to extend his personal hitting streak to 5 games.

Player Of The Game: Mackenzie Parlow finished the night 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a stolen base.

Play Of The Game: The 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar in the bottom of the second to show the Prospects fans and the Giants that the team was not going to go quietly into the night after a rough top of the second.

Next Game: Wednesday June 28:  Dog Day! Bring your dog (on a leash!) to the game with you! The Fort McMurray Giants once again provide the opposition.

UPCOMING GAMES: (7 PM start unless otherwise noted)

Thursday June 29: Oilersnation Thirsty Thursday! All beverages (including alcohol!) are $1 off! Weyburn Beavers make their bi-annual visit to Edmonton.

Friday June 30: The Comic Strip presents Friday Night Funnies with Rick Bronson as emcee! The Weyburn Beavers finish their 2-game set in Edmonton.

Saturday July 1: Traditional Canada Day Spectacular Event! Suites and balcony seats are already sold out; do not delay ordering your grandstand seats to this event! The Moose Jaw Millers provide the competition.

Sunday July 2:  Shine FM Faith And Family Day! A matinee ballgame, 2:05PM first pitch!