Written by Jay D Haughton Monday, Jun 26 2023
The Moose Jaw Miller Express got very familiar with the east division rivals, the Medicine Hat Mavericks, playing three games in three nights over the weekend.
In the end, Moose Jaw would win one of three games against the Mavericks.
Things got going in Moose Jaw on Friday night, with the Mavericks taking game one 6-2 at Ross Wells Park.
Moose Jaw would only be down 3-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning, but that quickly would change. Medicine Hat would add three runs in that inning on four hits to take a 6-2 lead.
Kyle Calzadiaz would come out of the bullpen in relief of starter Adam Golby and would pitch three scoreless innings, only giving up four hits.
For Moose Jaw, Bryan Villar took the loss, pitching five innings and only giving up three runs on four hits.
Dougie Delacruz, Dawson Tweet, and Julio Acosta had multi-hit nights.
One day later, Moose Jaw’s offense was able to come alive, taking the second game 12-4. The game would remain scoreless through the first three innings, but all that changed in the top of the fourth.
The Miller Express had a five-run inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead and never looked back. They would add two runs in the second inning, one each in the sixth and seventh, and then three in the ninth to roll to the 12-4 win.
Dawson Tweet had another impressive night at the plate going 4-for-6 and recording his third home run of the season while driving in four runs.
Cristian Yanez, Luke LaChance, and Michael Speck all had two-hit nights.
Matt Vasquez had a good showing on the mound pitching six scoreless innings, allowing only six hits, and striking out two for his third win.
Sunday’s affair saw much less scoring, but the Mavericks pulled out a 4-2 win.
They would pick two runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
Moose Jaw would add a run in both the fifth and seventh inning but couldn’t tie the game.
Both pitchers threw six strong innings, with Medicine Hat’s Dylan Esquival picking up the win, allowing only one run on five hits and striking out seven.
Moose Jaw’s Ethan Merk, also had a good outing on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits and struck two.
Following the weekend, Moose Jaw is 14-9 on the season and leads the Mavericks by two and a half games in the Western Canadian Baseball League’s East Division.
The two teams will wrap up their four-game series on Monday night in Medicine Hat at 7:05 p.m.