Express lose to Indians
Facing a familiar foe didn’t help the Moose Jaw Miller Express extend their winning ways.
Moose Jaw Miller Express
The Swift Current Indians (8-9) snapped an Express (11-7) three-game win streak with a 3-2 win on Thursday night.
“The guy that we saw was the same guy we saw last week, so things are fresh in everybody’s mind because they saw Brandon Acosta last week as well,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express.
The Indians sent Peter Irvin to the mound, where he allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out one in seven innings.
“We just didn’t make adjustments,” said Hunt. “We really struggled tonight moving guys around when we had them in scoring position. That is really the tale of the tape.”
The Express had 10 hits, as did the Indians, but Moose Jaw left seven runners on base.
“The difference was leaving guys on base at second and third with less than two outs several times,” said Hunt.
Acosta also went seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out five.
The Express had a chance in the seventh inning to take the lead, but that runner was gunned out at home plate.
The Indians were able to capitalize in the bottom of the seventh on a defensive miscue, which ended up being the winning run.
In the top of the ninth, the door opened again for the Express to take the lead with two runners in scoring position, but failed to cash them in and force the Indians into the bottom half.
It was a disappointing finish for the Express, as they played solid baseball all around on Wednesday against Regina.
The team does know the target is on their backs though right now.
“We know every time we come to Swift Current, it is going to be a tough ballgame. The Indians are a good ball club,” said Hunt. “With the record that we have, teams aren’t blind and they know what is going on. They are going to bring their A-games and it is going to be a tough battle in these division games.”
The Express return home to play Weyburn tonight (7 p.m., Ross Wells Park) before heading on the road for five games in six days.
“It is always good to get back home and we know what we are going to get out of Weyburn. It should be a good game,” said Hunt.
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