07/03/2016 10:21 AM -
Friday was a roller coaster of a day for the Lethbridge Bulls. When all was said and done the boys came away with a disappointing split against the Weyburn Beavers. In the afternoon contest under hot sunny skies the Bulls rallied from behind to pick up a 10-8 victory in a back and forth battle.
Nate Lainhart started on the mound for the Bulls and struggled through 3 innings of work. Lainhart surrendered 6 ER on 8 hits, walking 4 batters. It was clear that Lainhart did not have his usual command on the afternoon. Landen Bourassa threw 4 solid innings in relief to give the Bulls a chance to get back in the ball game. Caleb Norton pitched a scoreless 8th, and Matt Beaton pitched the 9th to pick up the save.
The Bulls found themselves down 8-4 heading to the bottom of the 6th. They exploded for 5 runs punctuated by a 2 run homerun from Mitch Dornblut to put themselves in the lead for good. Leadoff hitter Evan Comeau was 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s on the afternoon, and right fielder Mike Moffatt continued to swing a hot bat going 3-5 with 2 runs and an RBI.
There was a great afternoon attendance of close to 1100 to watch the Bulls take down the Beavers on a perfect Canada Day afternoon. The boys headed to the night game with a chance to cap off the day in style.
A standing room only capacity crowd of close to 2200 fans set a new attendance record for the Lethbridge Bulls. The Canada Day crowd dressed in red supported the Bulls in full force on Friday night. It was an incredible sight to see, and a huge thank you goes out from everyone at the Lethbridge Bulls organization to all fans that came out and supported on Friday night.
Both starting pitchers in the nightcap pitched very well early on. The game was scoreless through the first 3 innings. The Beavers picked up a run off Bulls starter Tanner Jesson-Dalton in the top of the 4th. The Bulls answered with a huge 5 run inning in the 5th capped by a grand slam from Bulls 3rd baseman Mitch McGeein. The crowd went nuts when McGeein deposited the ball well over the scoreboard in left field. Dalton gave up 2 more runs in the 6th and exited the game in line for the win after throwing 7 strong innings. As has been an issue all season long for the Bulls the bullpen could not hold down the lead. A shocking 7 run top of the 8th for the Beavers left everyone in the stadium at a loss for words. The Bulls would fail to score again, and lost a 10-5 final.
As always fans came on to the field to watch the fireworks after the game, and celebrate Canada Day with friends and family. All in all it was a very good day for the city of Lethbridge and baseball fans alike. Thank you again to everyone who supported the Bulls on Friday.
The boys had Saturday off, and will be back in action today at Spitz Stadium. The Bulls will play a doubleheader against the Fort McMurray Giants. The first game will be at 2:05pm. It is a makeup game from earlier in the year when the two teams were rained out so the Giants will be the home team. All proceeds from the afternoon game will go to the Fort McMurray Relief Fund. The second game is at 7:05pm. Come on out and support the Bulls as they look to finish off the week on a high note!