Written by Jay D Haughton Thursday, Jun 29 2023
Solid pitching and timely battling were the difference for the Moose Jaw Miller Express, as they would take game two of the weekday series against the Fort McMurray Giants 6-2 on Wednesday night at Ross Wells Park.
Kellan Voggesser was exceptional on the mound for Moose Jaw pitching five innings, allowing only one run on five hits, while striking out seven.
His counterpart, Lukas Touma was also impressive for the Giants with four shutout innings and six strikeouts.
Wednesday night’s affair wrapped up the four-game season series against Fort McMurray with Moose Jaw splitting the series 2-2 against the west division squad.
As mentioned, neither team could get to either starter through four innings, as the game went into the fifth tied 0-0.
The Giants would strike first in the fifth inning. Voggesser would leave a ball over the plate and Max Stagg made no mistake taking it over the left field fence to make it 1-0.
Moose Jaw would respond in their half of the fifth inning. Touma would be relieved by Darby Gilbert to start the inning, who would quickly be in trouble after back-to-back singles by Parker Dorrance and Dawson Tweet.
With one out Austin Gurney would hit yet another single to load the bases for Moose Jaw. A sacrifice fly by Julio Acosta would bring home Dorrance and tie the game at 1-1. Tweet would also score after a wild pitch would get behind the catcher, just like Moose Jaw would take the 2-1 lead.
The Miller Express would tack on another run in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead heading into the seventh.
Moose Jaw would ice the game adding three runs in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
Fort McMurray would get a run back in the eighth after Alfonzo Villalobos would crush a home run to left field to make it 6-2.
Jake King would come into the game in the ninth inning and shut the door, helping his team to the 6-2 win.
Haldon Craig, in relief, would pitch three innings giving up only one run on one hit and striking out two.
Dawson Tweet extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a single in the win, while Parker Dorrance and Austin Gurney had two hits apiece.
Moose Jaw improves to 16-10 on the season and will hit the road on Friday night for a matchup against the Regina Red Sox at Currie Field.