07/21/2016 10:03 AM -
The Bulls returned to action on Wednesday night in front of a big Lethbridge crowd, and treated the fans to a 6-4 victory over the Medicine Hat Mavericks. It was Strike Out Hunger night at Spitz Stadium presented by the Interfaith Food Bank. Any non-perishable food donation got attendees up to $5 off their ticket. There was a BBQ and a dunk tank in the parking lot before the game, and even one Bulls player ended up in the tank on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The Lethbridge Bulls would like to thank the Interfaith Food Bank for helping make last night such a success!
Back to baseball. The Bulls had Monday and Tuesday off after dropping two straight to Moose Jaw over the weekend. It was a disappointing weekend for the boys who are still not out of the race for the top spot in the West. Medicine Hat came in on a 5 game losing streak, and after last night’s loss to the Bulls find themselves in 2nd place in the division behind Okotoks by half a game. The Mavs have led the division for nearly the entire 2016 season. The Bulls now stand 4 games back of the Dawgs, with a huge matchup against their divisional rival tonight in Okotoks.
The Bulls started off Wednesday night with a bang. Third baseman Mitch McGeein cracked a two-out towering shot over the scoreboard in left to give the Bulls the early lead. Pat Kelley started on the bump and was very effective over 6 innings of work. Kelley allowed 5 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 3 K. Nothing seemed to be hit hard off the big right-hander until the 6th inning when the Mavs briefly took the lead at 3-2. The Bulls tied it in the 6th and put up 3 more insurance runs in the 7th to hand Medicine Hat their 6th straight loss. Mac Major threw 3 innings in relief and was outstanding again. Major was an honorable mention pitcher of the week last week, and it continued on Wednesday. Major has not given up an earned run in his last 19.1 innings, striking out 13 in that span. Every hitter in the starting lineup recorded a hit but one on the evening. Catcher Travis Steinke hit his 14th and 15th doubles of the seasons in a 2-4 effort on Wednesday night.
The Bulls will head to Okotoks tonight for their makeup game from a rain out last week. A win tonight would really get the Bulls back into the thick of things in the West Division. Friday and Saturday the Bulls are in Medicine Hat. Two games that could go a long way in determining the seeding for the playoffs in the West. It is sure to be an exciting weekend of baseball!