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Thursday July 27, 2017
Photo cred: Amanda Fewer
The Okotoks Dawgs (31-13) travel to Medicine Hat to take on the Mavericks (24-20) today, July 27, in their last road game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
With a 3-2 lead in the ninth last night, the Edmonton Prospects stole a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dawgs, sweeping the two-game series. The offence from Edmonton plated two off a trio of singles to earn their second win of the day. For the Dawgs, starter Justin Vernia settled in nicely after the first frame, throwing seven innings of two-run baseball in the no-decision. At one point, the Gonzaga product retired 13 straight Prospects. Matt Lloyd stretched his hitting streak to 24 games in the loss, going 1-4 on the night. Justin King collected his first multi-hit game of 2017, finishing the contest 2-3.
AGAINST THE WEST
With a win against Medicine Hat tonight, the Dawgs would have a winning record against the rest of the division. Okotoks is currently 4-3 against the Mavericks, 5-3 against the Lethbridge Bulls, 5-0 versus the Brooks Bombers, 3-1 against the Fort McMurray Giants and 5-3 while taking on the Edmonton Prospects. Against the East, the red and white are 9-3 in 2017.
MAKING THEIR DEBUT
Ethan Fox will be making his debut in the starting rotation, having only come out of the bullpen in 2017. Through 4.2 innings of work, the Douglas College product holds a 7.71 ERA. Greg Student from the Dawgs Academy will also get his first collegiate start in right field.
Now that the Dawgs have clinched a spot in the postseason, our playoff tickets are now on sale! All nine-game playoff packages will be $180. Individual playoff tickets are now available online for the first two games of the opening series, August 1 and 2. Playoff patio bookings are available, please call Angie Cox at 403 262 3294 for details.
HITTING IS CONTAGIOUS
Eddie Sanchez: Nine-game hitting streak
Kody Funderburk: 10-game hitting streak [15 hits over that span, 2 HR] [Leads WMBL in HR with 13]
Matt Lloyd: 24-game hitting streak [41 hits over that span] [Leads WMBL with .399 AVG]
Matt Lloyd: 59-148, 44 R, 15 2B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, .399 RBI
Eddie Sanchez: 44-125, 34 R, 10 SB, 19 RBI, .352 RBI
The Dawgs finish the regular season with a three-game homestand from July 28-30. Fort McMurray comes to town Friday and Sunday while we host Brooks on Saturday.