07/30/2014 3:15 PM
Millers Drop Home Finale 8-3 To Indians
July 30, 2014
One chance down and just one more to go for the Moose Jaw Miller Express as they look to lock up home field advantage in the Western Major Baseball League playoffs.
Some key mistakes at inopportune times cost the Millers on Tuesday night in their home finale against the Indians as they fell 8-3 in front of a packed house at Ross Wells Park.
“They played some great defence,” said third baseman Aidan Stinnett. “We hit some balls hard and they were just making all the plays. Hats off to them, that's a good team.”
The Millers will now have one more chance on Wednesday in Swift Current for the regular season finale to make sure the first game two games of their first round series against Medicine Hat are played in the Friendly City.
Tuesday's game was for the taking as Moose Jaw put up ten hits, but ended up stranding eight runners on base. They had the lead-off hitter reach base in five of the last seven innings, but could only muster three runs out of those great opportunities.
“We were just trying to square balls up and if they're making plays, you can't do anything about it,” said Stinnett, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss.
The turning point in the game came in the fifth inning when the Millers were trailing 3-1. They put the first two runners on before Drew Danzeisen smoked a single into left field, some miscommunication led to Dylan Hanson being thrown out at third and Moose Jaw coming away empty handed in the inning.
“I made a lot of mistakes in the fifth and sixth inning and it ended up costing us a run and costing us the game,” said head coach Michael Hunt, who put the loss on his shoulders.
Four errors in the field didn't help as well. Moose Jaw were in the game until a pair of errors in the sixth led to two runs. Another error in the eighth led to three runs and allowed Swift Current to take control.
“I don't think we're fatigued at all,” said Stinnett on the throwing errors. “We're ready to go, we're just not performing the way that we should.”
Jason Renner took the loss on the mound, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings of work in a spot start for the reliever. Zach Shelstad worked the final three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
Sean Callegari worked three scoreless innings to start for the Indians. Connor Harris got the win after allowing two runs on five hits over the next three innings.
Baseball is a game of mistakes and the Millers just made more of them then they could overcome on Tuesday. The team has won five of their last seven games and are confident that Tuesday night was just a blip on the radar.
“We'll have some momentum (going into Swift Current) because we'll be fired up. I can tell that there's a vibe around the clubhouse right now,” said Stinnett. “I think we need more solid defence, we made some crucial errors that could have been prevented easily and we just need to wake the bats up a little bit.”
The Millers and Indians finish the regular season at 7:05pm on Wednesday night. You can tune in live at mjmillerexpress.com.