07/15/2016 9:44 AM -
The Bulls got back to action on Thursday night in Lethbridge and what a game it was. The division leading Medicine Hat Mavericks were in town, and the two long time rivals did not disappoint the fans. In the end the Bulls pulled out a 6-5 victory, walking it off on a Mitch McGeein double down the left field line.
The Bulls got off to a poor start on Thursday. After the top of the 3rd the boys had dug a 4-0 hole to climb out of. A towering shot to left field in the bottom half of the 3rd by Mike Moffat got the Bulls on the board. The Bulls got 2 more back in the bottom of the 4th on a double from centre fielder Brock Frentzel, and a single from third baseman Matt Malec.
Landen Bourassa started on the mound for the Bulls and was pretty good over five innings. All told Bourassa surrendered 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 walks and struck out 4 Maverick hitters. Mack Major came in to relieve Bourassa and was the big reason the Bulls had a chance to get back into the game. Major completed the first 5 innings he pitched in three up three down fashion. The only baserunner he allowed in those 5 innings was a single, which was erased by a Bulls double play. Majors only run allowed on the night was an unearned run with 2 outs in the 11th. Matthew Beaton came in behind Major in the contest and continued to hold the Mavs off the scoreboard. Beaton got himself into a couple of jams, but got out of all of them putting up 3 straight zeros in the last three innings of the marathon game.
Mitch McGeein tied the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th inning on an RBI single that scored Evan Comeau. The Bulls looked like they were in trouble after Medicine Hat picked up a run in the 11th. Their first run of the game since the 3rd inning. After a strikeout to start the bottom half, the Bulls found themselves down to their final 2 outs. Brock Frentzel stepped up and stroked a double into the right field gap and Matt Warkentin followed with a great at bat where he slapped a single to right field to leave runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. Matt Malec lifted a deep fly ball into left field in the next at bat to score Frentzel and the game was tied again. Zeros in the 12th and 13th made way for the exciting finish. Warkentin led off the bottom of the 14th by getting hit by a pitch. Malec sacrificed Warkentin to second base, and then Comeau was also hit by a pitch. Runners on 1st and 2nd one out. Mike Moffat grounded into a fielders choice, which brought McGeein to the dish with a chance to win the game. McGeein got a 2-1 pitch up in the zone and ripped it into the left field corner to bring home Comeau and the celebration was on. The boys met McGeein at 2nd to celebrate the walk-off victory!
Hopefully this game can provide some much needed momentum as the Bulls head down the home stretch. The boys will be back in action tonight at Spitz Stadium when the Brooks Bombers will be in town. Tonight is Pink in the Park Night so make sure you where pink to show your support of breast cancer! Game time is 7:05pm.