06/28/2013 12:16 AM -
Dean Takes Perfect Game Into 7th; Millers Win
June 27, 2013
There was something special happening at Ross Wells Park on Thursday night, but it ended in the seventh inning. The Moose Jaw Miller Express went on to win 11-3 over the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, but it was a double in the seventh that Marshall Dean's shot at perfection.
The Saskatoon native rolled through the first six innings, not allowing one Yellow Jackets' runner to reach base. He got the first out in the seventh before Kyle Sandelescu hit a double to left field to break up Dean's perfect game.
“You always know what's going on, you try not to think about it, but it's always in the back of your mind when you're out there,” said Dean after the game. “It did hurt when the guy got the hit definitely.
“I felt great out there through six, got a little tired there in the seventh, but felt great all the way through.”
Dean's perfection wasn't even needed as the Millers were all over the Yellow Jackets pitching, picking up 13 hits in the rout. Dean ended up going eight innings, giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
“He had a bulldog effort and got us a great win,” said head coach Michael Hunt following the win.
Coming from Saskatoon and having played for the Yellow Jackets, this game had a little some extra in it for Dean and he said it felt especially good to pick up the win. “I'm always excited to pitch against Saskatoon, I was there for a little bit and I left, they're a little bitter about it, so I always love pitching against Saskatoon,” he said.
He pitched to contact throughout the game, allowing his defence to do the work behind and it worked as they were spot on throughout the game. Dean said he was really feeling it as well.
“I was throwing a lot of sliders, probably about 50/50 with that and the fastball, so that was really working tonight,” he said.
The Millers played solid defence and were consistent on offence throughout the game. “It was a great game all around,” said Hunt.
Moose Jaw scored one in the second, third and fourth innings. They blew the game open in the sixth when Miles Hunter hit a bases clearing triple that drove in three runs and the Millers took a 7-0 lead after that inning.
They added some insurance in the eight when Hank Stewart hit a two-RBI double to centre field. The Millers scored four runs in the inning to take a commanding 11-2 lead.
Hunter Johnson went in to pitch in the ninth, he gave up one hit and struck out three to end the game.
Michael Corso bumped his average up over .400 on the night, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Hank Stewart was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nine Millers' hitters in total picked up a hit in the win.
The win was extra special for the Millers after losing an extra inning game, 4-3, up in Saskatoon earlier this month. “The way things went down in Saskatoon, this was a chip on our shoulder and we were trying to make a statement,” said Hunt.
With the win, the Millers improve to 10-12 on the year and move just a half game back of the Yellow Jackets for second in the Central Division. They now head out on the road for the weekend as they will be in Edmonton on Friday and Saturday, and then Medicine Hat on Sunday and Monday.