08/02/2016 1:06 PM
The Bulls took the field in Medicine Hat on Monday night hoping to even their first round playoff series. They left with a devastating 5-4 loss in 14 innings against the Mavericks. It was the second time in two nights that the Bulls lost in extras on a walk off hit. Getting walked off on is one of the worst feelings in sports, and the Bulls have had it happen twice in two nights. All is not lost however, the Bulls will need to fight back at home tonight to give them a chance in the series. It is not unprecedented. The Bulls fell behind 2-0 against Swift Current in 2012 and stormed back to win 3 straight games to move on to the second round.
Tanner Jesson-Dalton started on the mound for the Bulls and was steady over 6.2 innings of work. Dalton gave up 3 runs and struck out 4 Medicine Hat Mavericks. The Bulls trailed the entire game, and found themselves down 3-2 heading to the top of the 9th inning. Canadian Rookie of the Year Mike Moffat golfed a pitched long over the left field wall to tie the game at 3-3 to pump some life back into the squad.
Like I stated a couple of days ago these two teams are so evenly matched. The Bulls and Mavs headed to extras for the second straight night going zero for zero over the first 4 extra innings. Terrell Dorsey was outstanding for the Bulls going 4.1 innings in relief surrendering only 2 hits and striking out 5. In the top of the 14th Brock Frentzel lined a double into the left centre gap to score Travis Steinke from first base and take the lead for the first time at 4-3. Steinke and the Medicine Hat catcher got tangled up at the plate, which led to the benches clearing at home. After a few tense minutes the teams headed back to their dugouts and the game resumed. In the bottom of the 14th two errors from the Bulls defense allowed Medicine Hat to score the tying and winning runs, and leave the Bulls searching for answers. It was truly one of the toughest games to swallow in recent memory.
This squad is resilient and the Lethbridge fans can expect nothing less than a great effort tonight at home. The Bulls need your support as they look to get back in the series with a win tonight. The fans have been so good all year, and tonight is do or die. Come out and support the team at Spitz Stadium. Game time is 7:05pm.