Team opens playoffs on the road
Losing back-to-back games was not how the Moose Jaw Miller Express planned it out.
Moose Jaw Miller Express
Unfortunately, they end the regular season on a sour note after a 10-5 loss to Swift Current on Wednesday evening.
“We wouldn’t necessarily like to go into the playoffs losing two games like we did, but we have to look at the positives,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express.
It was a good start for the Express, as they scored their five runs in the first three innings, but then couldn’t score another run.
They faced four pitchers on the night and couldn’t make the adjustments at the plate.
“I wouldn’t say they (the bats) went silent, but it wasn’t easy,” said Hunt. “It is never easy when a hitter is seeing four different pitchers. There are lot of excuses, but we just have to find a solution.”
Tanner Spencer started for the Express on the mound, giving up one run on three hits and walked two in two innings of work.
The Express used five pitchers in total, including Brandon Acosta for an inning and Rusty Edwards for three innings of work.
“It was bullpen game for a bunch of guys,” said Hunt. “We knew we were going to be a little thin and guys stepped up and did a decent job for us.”
Moose Jaw native and rookie, Bryce Crosbie got on the mound for the first time this season, pitching 2/3 of an inning. He gave up three runs on three hits and walked one batter.
“It is something we talked about all year, but just haven’t had a lot of opportunities for it,” said Hunt. “He threw strikes and Swift Current is a good team that hit him.”
Jorge Pantoja came in for 1 1/3 of work, giving up four runs on three hits.
With the loss, the Express finished 24-22 on the season and will open the playoffs on the road in Medicine Hat, who had a 25-21 record.
The Express won’t have much time to prepare for that match up against the Mavericks, as they play Friday evening.
However, after taking the season series 4-0, the Express are confident heading into the best-of-five series.
“We definitely have a different mindset going in since it is a team we have played well against,” said Hunt.
The focus and strategy is very simple for the Express in this series: “just win … do what we got to do.”
Game 1 and 2 will be held in Medicine Hat with Game 3 of the series at Ross Wells Park on Sunday at 7 p.m.
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