Whatever the Moose Jaw Miller Express did to anger the baseball gods, they’re hoping they’ve done their penance heading into a much-needed two-day break from Western Major Baseball League action.
The Express dropped a pair of games during weekend action — falling 5-4 to the Yorkton Cardinals on Saturday and dropping a 5-0 decision on Sunday to the Regina Red Sox.
The two defeats extended the Express losing streak to six games and knocked their record to 15-17, six-and-a-half games back of the Eastern Division leading Red Sox.
On Sunday, the Express were unable to mount much offence mustering only four hits off Regina starter Dalton England.
It wasn’t for lack of effort, though, as plenty of balls were put into play with plenty of force.
“I think it’s starting to come back around, our guys are hitting the ball, today we had quite a few barreled balls and nothing to show for it,” said Express starter Bo Sheridan, who picked up his first quality start of the season while surrendering a pair of runs on five hits in seven innings of work. The only runs he gave up came in the third inning off a two-run home run by Justin Erlandson.
“I would say today was my best start,” Sheridan said. “I was able to keep the ball down, I was able to locate with a couple of my pitches… I had a couple of mistakes and that home run early in the game really hurt. I’m not too worried about it, I think we’ll bounce back for sure.”
That the loss came in spite of a solid overall performance was symptomatic of the team’s current struggles in coach Michael Hunt’s assessment.
“When we play poorly we lose and when we play relatively well — that was a clean defensive game and we pitched well — we don’t have anything to show for it,” Hunt said. “That’s the way baseball is.
“If we execute a runner on third with less than two out earlier in the game and it completely changes the dynamic. But their pitcher isn’t trying to let us score a run either, so it hinges on just a couple of tiny little details, that’s what it is, the devil is in the details.”
The Express were back in action Monday against the Yorkton Cardinals, with the score unavailable as of press time. After two days off, the Express travel to Melville Thursday to face the Millionaires.