Miller Express extend win streak to six games with victory over Swift Current

Moose Jaw takes 6-0 lead in four innings, moves to 6-3 win to retain top spot in East Division

The wins keep piling up for the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

And that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s seen the homegrown Western Canada Baseball League team in action lately: when you have a strong starting pitcher backed up by a revitalized bullpen and one of the offenses most impactful in the league, things will go your way more often than not.

The Miller Express extended their league-best winning streak to six games with a 6-3 win over the Swift Current 57 at Ross Wells Park on Friday night.

The contest was also a showdown for first place for the Eastern Division, and with the win, Moose Jaw moved two full games ahead of Swift Current for first place.

Andrew Barger started the Express and had what was arguably the best performance on the mound for the team this season – the Fresno City College rookie allowed no runs on three hits in six innings working, taking out five and walking five. .

His teammates once again had their backs to home plate, making two runs in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.

Moose Jaw bats showed pop in the process – Cam Grant hit a two-run homer to right field in the second inning and was followed by Michael Speck two innings later with a solo shot over the fence from left field. The home runs were the second of the season for both players.

Austin Gurney also continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-3 on the night with a two-run triple in the third inning and also scoring a pair of runs. Gurney is now hitting a team best .375 this season and is seventh in the WCBL in batting average.

Speck finished the night 3 for 3 and Grant was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

After Barger left the game in sixth, having thrown 96 pitches, the Moose Jaw bullpen got to work and showed its potential again.

Triston Seitz pitched a scoreless seventh, and after Livio Bundi allowed three runs – one earned – in the eighth, Reece Helland came on and closed out the inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. After that, it was time for Jesse Scholtz to wrap things up, and he would get his league-leading fifth save of the year.

The Express is back in action against the 57’s in Swift Current on Saturday night before returning home to face the Regina Red Sox at Ross Wells Park. Game time is 2:05 p.m.

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