Red Sox leave Express feeling blue

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw can't solve Regina pitcher in 9-2 loss

Bronson Gillam from the Regina Red Sox slides safely into third base while being tagged by Frank Pluskota of the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

Sunday’s game didn’t start well for the Moose Jaw Miller Express and didn’t improve much as it continued.

Express starting pitcher Garrett Brown left the game early with some tightness in his pitching arm and the Regina Red Sox got a great start from Justin Blue who led them to a 9-2 win.

“It didn’t start very well with Garrett having some forearm tightness and having to pull him early,” said Express head coach Michael Hunt. “Blue kept us off-balance. That’s one of things we’ve seen in the last few games: velocity takes a few innings for us to combat. (Sunday) it never really happened. It seemed like we were beating our heads against the wall rather than making the adjustment.”

The Express record is 2-2 in the Western Major Baseball League. They are on the road to face the Yorkton Cardinals Monday.

Brown pitched an inning and two-thirds before he had to leave his first WMBL start. He allowed two runs off of two hits and two walks and Hunt reasoned that the tightness was a factor in his performance.

“I’ve seen him throw some bullpens and he’s been sharp,” said Hunt. “When you’re thinking about it, then your control isn’t necessarily there and you don’t end up putting it where you want it.”

The pre-game plan was to use Brown for three innings and then give Logan Carter three innings, but that went out the window quickly.

Carter came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed six runs, but only one of them was earned. The Express committed three errors, but they were costly.

“We were bound to have a stinker every now and then. I’m glad we got one out of the way early,” said Hunt.

Zach Shelstad, Hunter Johnson and Jason Renner each came out of the Express bullpen.

While the Express used five pitchers, Blue was cruising for the Sox. He allowed four hits in seven innings and struck out eight batters.

Kevin Gratza hit a rare triple in Ross Wells Park to drive in Hank Stewart to get the Express on the board in the second inning. Matt Benn hit a solo home run in the ninth for the Express.

Brandon Beaudin-Herney drove in three runs for Regina and Chris Untereiner had two RBI and scored three times as the bottom of the Sox order did the most damage.

Organizations: Red Sox, Western Major Baseball League, Moose Jaw Miller Express

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Ross Wells Park

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