06/13/2013 9:52 PM -
Millers Fall In Extras To Saskatoon
The Moose Jaw Miller Express aren't happy after their 4-3 loss in 12 innings to the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night in the Bridge City. Nothing seemed to go the Millers way in the game and that's left a sour taste in the team's mouth as their record dropped 5-7 on the year with their second straight loss.
“(The team's) not down, they're upset and they're upset because they feel that they got one stolen from them,” said a fuming Michael Hunt after the game. The Millers' head coach didn't want to get into specifics about what left the team so upset, in fear of being fined, but added that the game has lit a fire under his team.
Moose Jaw had their chances to win the game as they loaded up the bases in the 11th inning with one out. Miles Hunter singled in one run, but they would only get that one run. Saskatoon was able to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning and win it on an RBI single by Matt Cooke in the 12th.
“We had to do everything we could and unfortunately we just didn't do enough,” said Hunt. “We had bases loaded with less than two outs a couple of times, we made contact, but just not good enough.
“It's really not easy (to take), and it was guys that were in those situations that have come through in previous situations, so the confidence level was super high, but we just didn't make enough contact.”
It was a windy night at Cairns Field forcing both teams to work for any runs. Hunt said that limited the ways they could score runs in the later innings. “In situations where we would normally wheel guys at second base to home on base hits, the outfielders were playing right up behind the infielders, so you had to just go station to station,” he explained. “It was a bit of a tough day and unfortunately it just ended up not being ours.”
Moose Jaw went up 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Michael Corso, but couldn't get much going after that. The score stayed that way until the fourth when Saskatoon put two on the board to go up 2-1. The Millers tied the game up in the seventh inning when Kevin Gratza scored on an error. Saskatoon would commit five errors in the game, but Moose Jaw wasn't able to capitalize.
Todd Leavitt returned to the mound after missing his past two starts due to shoulder soreness. He pitched four innings before leaving due to his shoulder tightening up. “He did well, but unfortunately his shoulder tightened up on him again,” said Hunt.
Ben Bridges came on in relief and pitched five innings for the Millers. Hunt was really happy with his performance as he allowed the team to get back into the game and force extras. “I can't say enough about Ben Bridges, he threw really, really well,” he said. “He threw a lot of strikes, got us ground balls, so to have him come in and eat up five innings like that was really big.”
Closer Paul McMahon was tagged with the loss after giving two runs on six hits over the final two innings. It's his second loss of the season.
The Millers will get another day off on Thursday before getting set for two games this weekend. They head to Yorkton on Friday and then host Weyburn on Saturday