By John Short
Nearly four full hours of top-level pitching by the Edmonton Prospects and Regina Red Sox resulted in a 14-inning marathon victory for the Sox, whose 3-2 victory handed the Prospects their second straight loss after an impressive four-game winning streak.
A triple by Griffin Keller and a single by Adam De La Cruz in the fourth inning of relief work by Trever Berg was enough to settle the issue and get both teams prepared for a Thursday rematch at Currie Field in Regina.
Edmonton got a three-inning start from newcomer Andrew Lowe. Although his effort was marred by five bases on balls, he surrendered only one run. The other Red Sox tally was registered against David Wylie, who fanned five in his three-inning stint. Jesse Poniewozik continued his excellent work in relief before giving way to Berg.
Of Edmonton’s nine hits against six Sox pitchers, two each came from Tanner Roundy and Eric Crain. In all, the Prospects fanned 13 times and stranded 10 runners.
By contrast, Regina collected 12 hits and failed to move 15 runners across the plate, a tribute to some good pitching by Edmonton’s relievers with men on in the extra innings.
Local product Clay Loranger and import Katsu Takahashi drove in the Prospects runs.