It wasn’t a pretty game, but the Moose Jaw Miller Express got the win when they needed it the most.
A gem by Drew Evans helped the Express to a 3-0 victory over the Yorkton Cardinals in Western Major Baseball League action on Thursday evening.
“It certainly was a nice outing, especially for Drew, to give him some confidence should we make playoffs,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “He would be the starting pitcher if we head into the playoffs, so it was a great outing for him.”
Evans pitched a five-hitter complete game, striking out three and throwing 86 pitches.
“This is a big win, but it was an ugly game with a lot of bloops,” said Hunt. “We’ve won a couple in our last few road games.”
Michael Tittle went three-for-four, as did Kevin Gratza and Scott Jones went one-for-four with two runs batted in. The Express scattered 13 hits in the game, but many were in the infield or fly balls that dropped in for base hits.
“It was a game of double plays. We hit into a bunch and they hit into a bunch,” explained Hunt. “Their infield was real slow. Anything hit on the ground just died. We had a lot of ground balls hit sharply, but just couldn’t get through the infield. It literally was a vortex of slow and we just couldn’t hit through it.”
The road woes seemed to be solved and now the focus shifts back to Ross Wells Park tonight as the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets return for a double-header (6 p.m. & 8 p.m.)
“The way it looks to be shaping out, our magic number was three and now our magic number is two, I believe,” stated Hunt. “It is a big confidence builder going into the double-header. It gets the guys up and gets the belief that we believe we can do it.”
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