A late-game rally was not enough for the Miller Express, as the Lethbridge Bulls sweep the two-game series with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night at Ross Wells Park.
It was a pitcher's duel through six innings, between the Millers Cameron Dunn who pitched six innings, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out seven, in a no-decision. On the other side, Lethbridge’s Javier De Alejandro threw seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, and striking out four, picking up his first win of the season.
The Bulls struck first blood in the second inning, with one on Carter Claerhout hits a single, scoring Torrin Vaselenak from third to take the early 1-0 lead.
In the Millers’ half of the second inning, Cam Grant hits a one-out double, and after Greyson Barrett strikes out, Dawson Tweet hits a single to score Grant and tie the game at 1-1.
It would remain scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin Gurney hits a two-out single. Next up to the plate is Grant once again and he hits his second double of the game to score Gurney and give Moose Jaw the 2-1 lead heading into the seventh.
Cameron Dunn’s night would be over leaving the game with a 2-1 lead, with Andrew Barger coming into the game in relief.
Barger didn’t fare so well as the first batter he faced hit a single, and the very next batter Krece Papierski would hit a home run to give the Bulls the 3-2 lead.
A no-out walk following the home run, ended the night for Barger, with Jesse Scholtz coming into the game.
Lethbridge would add two more in the top of the ninth after a single by Nick Gravel scores one, followed by a Millers’ error scoring Carlin Dick from third to take a 5-2 lead.
Moose Jaw’s rally came up just short, with two on and no out Greyson Barrett hits into a double-play. Down to their last out, Dawson Tweet hits a single to give Moose Jaw some life. That’s as close as Moose Jaw would get, as Luke Shekeryk strikes out to end the game.
Andrew Barger takes the loss on the mound giving up two hits and two runs. At the plate, Cam Grant went two-for-two, with an RBI, and Dawson Tweet went two-for-four.
The loss puts the Millers at 20-10 on the season. They remain in first place and still hold a four-game lead over the Regina Red Sox in the Western Canadian Baseball League’s East Division.
Moose Jaw will have Thursday off and will return home on Friday and Saturday for a two-game series against the Regina Red Sox.