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Express lose double-header to Bulls

The road trip for the Moose Jaw Miller Express started off terribly.

Moose Jaw Miller Express

The team got blown out by the Lethbridge Bulls in a Canada Day double-header.

The Bulls won 10-3 and 9-1 over the Express, who have now lost three straight games.

“Offensively, we got our hits, but not a lot of extra base hits,” stated Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “It is hard to move guys around when you get your first hits of the inning with one or two outs. Defensively, we didn’t help ourselves out a lot.”

In the first game, the Express managed to get just five hits off starter pitcher Alex Regan. He also struck out seven batters, but the Express also left seven stranded on base.

Danny Lokesak went 2-for-5, with a double and a single and Cole Warken went 2-for-3 for the Express.

In the second game, the Express had seven hits off Scott Cone but left 11 runners on base.

Aiden Stinnent had a quality night at the plate, going 2-for-3 and Ben Douglas went 2-for-4.

“We saw two quality lefties. Regan is a quality lefty and we saw him a couple weeks and he caught us up,” said Hunt. “Cone is what is what is he. He is a senior pitcher; he is smart and has some savvy. He threw really well and was really effective.

Tanner Spencer pitched in the first game, throwing just three innings, where he gave up nine runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out three.

Todd Leavitt also had a tough night on the mound. He went five innings, where he gave up six runs on eight hits, struck out one and walked two batters in the second game.

“Our pitchers battled. We have been preaching compete and throw strikes,” said Hunt. “They did and Lethbridge came out swinging and did a good job.”

With only being able to manage 12 hits in 18 innings, the mighty bats of the Express have simply gone quiet in the last couple of games.

“I take nothing away from their pitchers, but we certainly have hit a bit of a cold spell,” said Hunt.

The focus now for the team is to not allow this losing streak to spiral out of control, as they have four games in four nights coming up.

“Just keep preaching that tomorrow is another day. Today isn’t going to happen again because it can’t. If we make some new adjustments quickly then good things are going to happen,” said Hunt.

He also emphasized that having a short memory is important and continuing to have positive reinforcement where his players are seeing themselves as successful will snap this streak.

“They are frustrated and they don’t like to lose, they don’t want to lose and they aren’t trying to let losing happen, but when it does, it is all about how we bounce back,” he said.

Brandon Acosta will be on the mound for the Express tonight when they face the Okotoks Dawgs.

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