Fifth in­ning frenzy

Miller Ex­press ride six-run fifth in­ning to de­feat the Regina Red Sox

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - SHAWN SLAGHT

If the Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press are go­ing to meet the Regina Red Sox in the West­ern Ma­jor Base­ball League play­offs, they re­ceived a big shot in the arm Wed­nes­day night at Ross Wells Park.

Rid­ing a six-run fifth in­ning, the Ex­press took care of their East­ern Divi­sion ri­vals 10-3 to get their record back to .500 at 22-22.

“It felt good,” said Miller Ex­press third base­man Lane Har­vey. “They kind of took it to us the last cou­ple of times we’ve played them in Regina so its nice to get on a role in front of a good crowd and take care of busi­ness.”

Grant West­more­land, a na­tive of Pear­land, Tx., got the start for the Ex­press and the lefty gave his bullpen a boost, go­ing seven in­nings and only giv­ing up one run on three hits and walked only two bat­ters.

“I had a lit­tle bit of a rough start last week so I made it a point in the last five days to get a lit­tle bit bet­ter and put it on Regina and that’s what we did,” West­more­land said af­ter the game.

Once again, the Ex­press got ev­ery­thing to­gether with great de­fen­sce and hit­ting from the plate. It started early with Har­vey, lead­ing off for Moose Jaw, get­ting a hit right off the bat in the bot­tom of the first.

Regina switched pitch­ers in the bot­tom of the fifth, re­plac­ing starter Jake Wa­ters af­ter four in­nings with only three hits and one run in favour of Pre­ston Mi­nor, who strug­gled.

Af­ter hit­ting Har­vey with a pitch to lead off the bot­tom of the fifth, the flood gates opened as the Ex­press scored six runs off of five hits be­fore Mi­nor was pulled for Ruddy Estrella. Mi­nor only lasted two-thirds of the in­ning.

“From the be­gin­ning of the game we were hot off our bats,” Har­vey said. “We did our jobs and got guys in scor­ing po­si­tion for the most part.”

The hits just kept com­ing in the sixth when Cut­ter McDow­ell turned on the first pitch he faced for a solo home­run.

On Tues­day night in Wey­burn, a big sev­enth in­ning for the Beavers lifted them to a 10-6 vic­tory over the Miller Ex­press.

Moose Jaw put up four runs in the top of the sev­enth to give them a 6-3 lead. Af­ter sin­gles from Pate Kat­e­chis and Zach Fa­cio, Adam Cook sin­gled to cen­tre field to score Kat­e­chis. Travis Able fol­lowed that up by scor­ing Cook and Fa­cia with an­other cen­tre field sin­gle and Cut­ter McDow­ell dou­bled to score Able.

That’s when wheels fell off for the Miller Ex­press as they gave up seven runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning off of six hits. Af­ter start­ing pitcher Bo Sheri­dan gave up four runs to open the in­ning, he was re­placed by Travis Edgar, who didn’t fair much bet­ter as he gave up three runs off of two hits.

Sheri­dan ended up go­ing six in­nings, giv­ing up 13 hits and eight earned runs in the loss, low­er­ing his record to 2-4 with a 5.22 ERA.

The wins ex­tend Wey­burn’s win streak to five games, while pulling six games ahead of the Miller Ex­press for third place in the East Divi­sion.

Re­sults from the Miler Ex­press’ game in Melville against the Mil­lion­aires on Thurs­day night were not avail­able at presstime. Moose Jaw wraps up the home-and-home se­ries with the Mil­lion­aires tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Ross Wells Park be­fore wrap­ping up the reg­u­lar sea­son on Satur­day against the Wey­burn Beavers and Sun­day against the Swift Cur­rent 57s. Both games are at Ross Wells Park at 7:05 p.m.

SHAWN SLAGHT/TIMES-HER­ALD

SHAWN SLAGHT/TIMES-HER­ALD

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