Downs dominates again
Left-hander Scott Downs (7-3) allowed just one run on five hits and one walk, while fanning four in 7.0 stellar innings Wednesday afternoon at TELUS Field as the Edmonton Trappers downed the Tucson Sidewinders 4-1. Downs, who threw the second no-hitter in Trapper history his last time out on June 11, was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 13. He came into the game with a 14.0-inning scoreless streak and extended that to 20.0 innings before finally surrendering a solo home run. Downs has won all three of his starts in June and has posted a miniscule 0.43 ERA in that span. He leads the club with seven wins and has been especially outstanding at home this season, going 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA so far. Overall Downs has posted a 3.05 ERA in 14 starts with Edmonton. The Trappers have had a very successful homestand, winning five of the first seven games. Edmonton is 22-12 at home this season, including a 16-10 record at TELUS Field. The Trappers and Sidewinders will conclude this four-game series on Thursday afternoon at TELUS Field. Edmonton will begin an eight-game road trip on Friday in Las Vegas.
The Trappers opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning off Tucson starter Casey Daigle (0-3). Center fielder Brandon Watson led off with a base hit up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out by shortstop Anthony Medrano. Left fielder Ron Calloway extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double to the gap in right-center field that scored Watson from third. First baseman Valentino Pascucci followed with a broken bat single into right field that plated Calloway, who had stolen third base, with the Trappers second run. Edmonton wasted back-to-back one-out singles in the third inning by Medrano and Calloway, leaving both runners stranded. The club left a total of eight runners on base in the contest. Edmonton plated another run off Daigle in the fourth inning. Second baseman Brian Harris led off with a double down the left field line and moved up to third on a single to right field by third baseman Paul Hoover. Catcher John Wilson followed with his first hit as a Trapper, a single down the right field line that scored Harris with the third run.
Downs picked up right where he left off in his last start, retiring the side in order in the first inning. Craig Ansman ended his hitless string at 8.0 innings with a leadoff, infield single in the second frame, but Downs went right back to business, retiring the next three batters. A leadoff single by Jerry Gil in the third inning also did not produce a run for Tucson, which began the day with a .297 team batting average. Noochie Varner drew a walk to lead off the fourth inning only to have Ansman ground into a double play. The scoreless streak finally came to an end when Ansman, the Sidewinders catcher led off with a home run that cleared the wall just left of the "green monster" in center field. It was his eighth home run of the season and the eighth longball that Downs has allowed. Jason Childers came on in the ninth inning with one out and two on and retired the only two batters he faced for his second save with the Trappers.
Trappers: Have a 32-34 record.have won five of their last six games and are 5-2 on this homestand.are 22-12 at home, including a 16-10 record at TELUS Field.are 11-7 in day games.have hit 35 home runs, the lowest total in the PCL.have gone deep just seven times in 26 games at TELUS Field and have hit just one home run on this homestand.Edmonton leads the season series 2-1.Tucson leads the All-Time series, 165-140 (.541).
LF Ron Calloway: RBI double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 12 games.also singled in the third inning to go 2-for-4 on the day.is 15-for-44 (.341-0-9) during the streak, which is tied for the longest of the season by an Edmonton batter (Randy Knorr also had a 12-game streak).
CF Brandon Watson: Singled to lead off the first inning and scored the first run of the game.also scored in the seventh frame.has hit safely in seven straight games, going 11-for-29 (.379) in that span.
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