Let’s Talk About an Edmonton Prospects Win!

Eight out of nine batters collected a hit for the Edmonton Prospects. The one batter who did not collect a hit started the game saving defensive relay in the final inning. The Club stole not one, not two but six (6!) bases. Ying-Jui Chen (hailing from Taipei, Taiwan) pitched what is called in baseball metrics "a quality start". That is 6 innings played allowing only 3 runs. Combine all that together and you have a 6-5 Edmonton Prospects win over the Fort McMurray Giants in Game 2 of the Western Canadian Baseball League 2024 season.

First lead of the season for the Prospects came via Zach Barnao's 2-out RBI single scoring Jordan Singleton. Barnao then scores himself on a balk making it 2-0 after the opening half frame.

A worldly moment in the bottom of the frame as the Prospects starting pitcher from Taiwan induced a double play turned by Lachie Smith from Australia and Daniel Monti from Italy.

Chen would surrender a 1-out home run in the bottom of the second to the Giants Joe Finder. Finder's next at-bat in the bottom of the fourth would tie the game at 2-2.

Jordan Singleton would hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 5th inning to put the Edmonton Prospects back on 4-2. The Giants snagged one run back in the bottom of the 5th but the Prospects responded swiftly.

Xander Hernandez led off the 6th inning with a single. Dillon Bowie drew a 4-pitch walk. A double steal and a Giants error later it was 5-3 Prospects. Jonluke Hobdy, who collected all 3 Opening Day RBI, brought home Bowie to make it 6-3 Prospects.

Kohle Huber pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings for the Prospects. Huber came out for the final frame but was pulled after walking the first two batters. Enter lefthander Jacob Canuel for the save opportunity. A walk to his first batter was followed by a strikeout of Corey Morro. Then the play of the game happened.

Leftfielder Noah Brooks would retrieve a hard hit ball by Manny Alberto, relay it into third baseman Xander Hernandez who would throw it home in time for catcher Jordan Singleton to apply the tag for the out. That would keep the score at 6-5 for the Prospects and that would be your final score.

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