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Millers Edge Regina In Extras

06/06/2014 9:21 AM -

Millers Edge Regina In Extras

Marc Smith

 

It took a little longer than they were hoping, but the Moose Jaw Miller Express are off to a 2-0 start to the season after an 11-10, 13-inning win over the Regina Red Sox on Wednesday night in the Queen City.

 

Moose Jaw held a 10-3 lead after the seventh inning, but Regina battled back with three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to force extras. Miles Hunter scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 13th and Terry McNabb pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win, giving him both wins for Moose Jaw to start the season.

 

“It felt great to get the game over with in the 13th inning, but it also felt great to pull through with 11 runs,” said Andrew Solomon, who paced the Moose Jaw attack with five RBI in the win. He finished two-for-five with two walks and a strikeout.

 

It was Solomon's three-run triple in the seventh inning that put Moose Jaw in front by seven runs with just two innings to go. That lead unfortunately wasn't big enough for Moose Jaw to hold on as Regina's bats started to find some holes and they charged back.

 

After getting through his first two innings of relief without much trouble, Tanner Spencer ended up giving up three runs in the eighth inning to allow Regina to get back into the game.

 

Josh Janzen came on in the ninth inning to try and close things out, but surrendered four runs after giving up just one hit, a hit batter and an error by third baseman Aiden Stinnett. Jason Renner eventually came on to close out the inning, but the damage was done.

 

Despite the blown lead however, panic didn't set in for Moose Jaw.

 

“We just felt like we've got to get this done,” said Solomon. “It wasn't like hang our heads, it's over, but nobody had a doubt that we would get the win.”

 

Moose Jaw started to gain some momentum in the 11th inning as a strikeout by Derek Cornell left the bases loaded. McNabb struck out the side in order in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the game into the 13th still tied at 10-10.

 

Hunter laid down a picture perfect bunt single to lead off the inning, proceeded to get himself in scoring position by stealing second and then was driven home on a fielder's choice by Solomon. It was manufacturing a run at its finest by Moose Jaw.

 

“That's just what you can expect from us,” said Solomon. “A lot of consistency, a lot of solid hits – maybe not home runs – but we'll get the job done.”

 

The win helps Moose Jaw build some momentum to start the season. They mojo from their season opening win on Friday had faded after four days off, but the team was feeling good about themselves after improving to 2-0 with a big road win in Regina.

 

“It feels great,” said Solomon. “To start off like this, it's awesome, can't do any better than that.”

 

Solomon's bat has been the most dangerous and consistent in the early going for Moose Jaw as he's sitting with a .444 average and seven RBI in just nine at-bats so far this season.

 

“I'm seeing the ball pretty well and just trying to hit it hard and get the job done for my team,” he said after Wednesday's win.

 

Todd Leavitt had an up and down opening start for Moose Jaw. He lasted just five innings, giving up three runs – none earned – on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

 

Renner and McNabb combined to pitch 4.2 innings of scoreless relief after Regina tied the game up.

 

Regina started Denver Diefenbach lasted into the sixth inning. He was tabbed for nine runs off five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in the no-decision. Nick Tanner takes the loss for Regina, giving up one run on two hits in one inning of work.

 

The Miller Express will try to make it three in a row to start the season when they return to Ross Wells Park on Thursday night to host the Edmonton Prospects in the first of two games this week. First pitch is at 7:05pm.