The Moose Jaw Miller Express aren’t feeling very good.
And that was before they were handed their second straight loss.
A flu bug has gone through the team and had three players and head coach Michael Hunt shelved before their 9-6 loss to the Lethbridge Bulls Friday night.
“We have a flu bug going around. It’s been not good,” said Hunt who added that pitcher Connor Lillis-White, Josh Carroll and Mike Tittle were all out as well.
“It really hit the four of us hard and knocked us on our butts. I got to the field and could barely stand and barely walk.”
Coach Cory Olafson and infielder Tyler Hayes were also sick in recent days.
The loss is their second straight after they had won four straight to climb to with a half-game of first place in the Western Major Baseball League’s Central Division.
The Express will play the Bulls again Saturday before playing the Edmonton Prospects Sunday and Monday to close out the five-game swing.
The Express got off to a bad start as the Bulls scored five runs in the first inning thanks in large part to Dale Anderson’s three-run triple off of Drew Evans who walked seven batters in five innings.
To their credit the Express scored twice in the second and used a four-run rally in the third to tie the game 6-6.
Scott Jones’ double in the third helped get that rally started. Michael Corso and Mike Gilleland each came around to score in the second and third innings for the Express and each drove in a run.
That was enough to chase Bulls starter Jared Mortenson after the third inning. He had allowed six runs and five hits and four walks in three innings. Unfortunately for the Express, the Bulls out of the pen were nearly flawless.
Brody McDonald, Archie Davis and Jeremy Filipek combined to no-hit the Express over the final six innings.
The Express still managed to get some base runners thanks to four walks, a pair of errors and a dropped third strike, but they never found the clutch hit they needed to get a run across.