Express bats help snap losing skid

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Moose Jaw Miller Express

The Moose Jaw Miller Express had another late-inning rally in Edmonton, but this time they weren’t going to let the lead slip away.

The Express scored three runs in the eighth inning and that proved to be the margin of victory in a 9-6 win over the Prospects.

The win ends the Express’ four-game losing streak as they head home to prepare to face the Weyburn Beavers Wednesday night.

“You look at the linescore and there were a few zeroes there again tonight, but they were better innings. They were fighting innings,” said Express head coach Michael Hunt. “We got hits with two outs, we drove runners in when we had them on base. Offensively it was a pretty well-rounded game.”

The Express are now 8-11 and are a game out of first and a half-game out of second place in a very tight Central Division.

The Express led for most of the game before the Prospects tied it up at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh. The Express scored three runs in the top of the eighth thanks to a two-out rally.

Josh Carroll and Mike Gilleland got on base before Scott Jones tripled to bring them both home. Jones later scored on a passed ball.

Ben Wylly hit two doubles, while Austin Russell, Logan Lippert and Brennan Reidy also doubled. Wylly had three hits, while Lippert, Reidy, Jones, Tyler Hayes and Daniel Devonshire each had two-hit days.

“We swung the bats really stinking well (Sunday and Monday),” said Hunt. “Offence is our bread and butter. It kind of let us down against Lethbridge, but in Edmonton it certainly showed.”

James Brager was tagged with a blown save Sunday in the 10-inning loss to the Prospects, but he struck out a pair of batters in the ninth Monday to earn the save.

Michael Tittle picked up the win after giving up a pair of runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief after Connor Lillis-White allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3.

Tyler O’Bryant came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth and got out of a jam. A single and a walk put two men on base and after they advanced on stolen bases, the Prospects had runners on second and third with one out.

O’Bryant got Matthew Miller at third on a fielder’s choice and then got a ground ball to end the threat.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Miller Express

Geographic location: Edmonton, Lethbridge

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