A couple days after dropping a close 3-2 decision on the road to the Swift Current 57’s, the Canucks rebounded with a 9-4 victory over the Regina Pirates -- a team they had lost by seven runs to only a week earlier.
Moose Jaw is now 3-8 on the season and return to action on Tuesday, July 13 when they travel to Weyburn.
Swift Current 3, Canucks 2
It’s been a common theme for the local squad all season: untimely errors leading to big innings for the opposition.
And when you’re in as close a game as the Canucks were on Tuesday night, even a three-run frame can make all the difference. In this case, Moose Jaw had a couple of miscues in the third inning, leading to the 57’s scoring all the runs they’d need to pick up the win.
Two of those errors were charged to starter Owen Csada, and if you want to know how tough they ended up being for the Moose Jaw ace, check out his pitching line: five innings, three hits, three runs, none earned. That, on top of eight strikeouts and only three walks.
The Canucks scored both their runs in the first inning, with Gerritt Gulutzan hitting a solo home run and Max Simmons walking and stealing his way around before scoring on wild pitch.
Gulutzan capped the contest with a 2-for-3 day, while Rylan Caplette-Tarrant had their other hit.
Canucks 9, Pirates 2
The Canucks committed a single error against Regina on Thursday, and while it ended up costing them two runs, the way everything else went on the night, it didn’t really matter.
Csada finished the contest 2-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in, Gulutzan crossed the plate twice, Cooper Gregor and Javin Boynton each had two runs batted in as Moose Jaw took an early lead an never looked back.
A five-run third inning saw the Canucks go ahead 6-1, and after the Pirates put up a pair in the fifth, Moose Jaw put things away with three more in the sixth.
Boynton got the start and allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits through 4 ⅔ innings. He also struck out seven and walked only two.
Caplette-Tarrant allowed a single run on two hits in 1 ⅔ innings work, Gulutzan closed things out with a single hit in the seventh.