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Miller Express lose to Regina in playoff opener

Red Sox use long ball, Express errors to take 10-2 victory, Game 2 tonight at Ross Wells

Markus Melendez knocked in the only two runs for the Miller Express. Photo by Randy Palmer

The Moose Jaw Miller Express didn't have a whole lot go their way in the opening game of the Western Canadian Baseball League playoffs against the Regina Red Sox and now find themselves needing a win at home to keep their season alive.

The Express trailed 5-0 through four innings and were unable to find the key hit when they needed it as they dropped a 10-2 decision in Regina.

They had Michael Batten to thank for their offensive woes, as the WCBL triple crown winner scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, allowing only two runs and striking out 11 to take the victory. Matt Jackson should have been just as effective for the Express – he also gave up seven hits and walked three – but errors and the long ball proved to be his undoing: Willie Estrada belted a solo home run in the seventh, Ben Komonosky a run-scoring triple in the fifth and Jackson ended up surrendering only four earned runs after errors extended innings.

Ethan Soroka closed out the contest for Moose Jaw, giving up three runs on three hits, including a second round tripper to Estrada and a two-run home run off the bat of Ivan Nunez.

The Express scored both their runs in the fifth inning as Markus Melendez doubled home Dougie DelaCruz and Blake Gallagher.

Gallagher finished the night 3-for-4 with a run scored, Melendez and Andres Garza were both 2-for-4.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series goes tonight at Ross Wells Park. Game time is 7 p.m.


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