07/13/2013 8:12 AM
July 13, 2013
Logan Carter got the start on short notice and didn’t disappoint on Saturday night for the Moose Jaw Miller Express. He pitched eight shutout innings in a 6-0 win for the Millers over the Regina Red Sox in Western Major Baseball League action at Ross Wells Park.
“(His start) was even better than most people think because it was short notice on the start. Jason Renner was suppose to start, but his elbow was sore, so we didn’t know he was going to start until (Friday) after the game,” said head coach Michael Hunt on the performance by Carter. “For him to come in on about 12 hours notice was pretty good.”
Carter carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a bloop single that bounced off the infield and just over the head of shortstop Drew Danzeisen to break it up.
He kept the Regina hitters off-balance throughout the night with a bitting curveball. He finished the game with ten strikeouts and only one walk.
“My curveball is my big pitch, that’s basically my bread and butter,” said Carter. “I really knew that I had to keep them off their front foot and keep them off-balance.”
Carter had plenty of offensive support to work with as the Millers scored early and often against the Red Sox. They built up the 6-0 lead by the end of the fifth inning.
Danzeisen and Miles Hunter led off the game with back-to-back singles and Hank Stewart picked up an RBI single to cash in one run for a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Millers capitalized on an error in the third to score two more runs. Regina third baseman Tyler Wheeler threw the ball away allowing Frank Pluskota to score, putting Moose Jaw up 2-0.
Hunter cashed in two more runs with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line. Wheeler couldn’t make the throw again, allowing two runs to come around and a 4-0 lead for Moose Jaw.
Ben Bridges put the game out of reach in the fifth with a two-run home run to right field, making it 6-0 for the Millers with Carter still cruising through the Red Sox hitters.
“That was a quality pitcher we saw, but we just stayed with a solid approach and good things happened,” said Hunt on them being able to get to Red Sox starter Allen Sanchez early.
He ended up going seven innings, but gave up six runs on 11 hits. After the home run to Bridges, Sanchez settled down and cruised through the next two innings, but Regina couldn’t get the offence going to come back.
The Millers have now won their last two meetings with Regina after losing 17 consecutive games against their rivals to the East. Hunt said it was a big win for his team.
“Getting a shutout against Regina, who we’ve had a lot of trouble with in the last few years, to get the win here and split the (season) series at 2-2 is a good way to finish it off,” said Hunt.
The win was also the Millers’ second straight after losing three in a row coming into the weekend.
“This is a big win, we’ve been up and down a bit, but we’re starting to pick it up, so this is going to be a big boost for us going into our next couple of games,” added Carter.
The Millers move 4.5 games back of Swift Current in the Central Division thanks to the win. They get Sunday off before getting back on the field on Monday in Melville against the Millionaires.