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Trappers walk off with another extra-inning victory

June 17, 2004 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Edmonton Trappers News Release

Tucson reliever Shane Nance (0-2) made a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Edmonton's Ryan Church in the bottom of the 10th inning allowing Valentino Pascucci to score all the way from first base as the Trappers defeated the Sidewinders 4-3 Thursday afternoon at TELUS Field. The win was the third in four games for Edmonton in this series, which saw two games go into extra-innings and three of the four contests decided by one run. Edmonton has been outstanding in close games at home this season and is now 8-1 in one-run contests at TELUS Field. The club is 6-1 in extra-inning games and is 17-10 overall at TELUS Field. Edmonton was 6-2 on the homestand. The Trappers now embark on an eight-game road trip that will take them to Las Vegas and Tucson. The club has struggled on the road so far this season, posting a 10-22 record away from TELUS Field. The next home game is on Saturday, June 26 when the Trappers will take on the Portland Beavers in a 7:05 PM start.

Shortstop Anthony Medrano put the Trappers on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run off Tucson starter Edgar Gonzalez. It was Medrano's second home run of the season, Edmonton's second dinger of the homestand and only the eighth home run by the Trappers at TELUS Field this season. Medrano has hit only two home runs at TELUS Field in his two seasons with the Trappers, both against Tucson. His first homer at home was a grand slam off Sidewinders' lefty Michael Gosling on May 2, 2003. Tucson tied the game in the fourth inning when second baseman Brian Barden led off with a double to right-center, moved to third on a double by Micah Franklin and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of catcher Craig Ansman. Pascucci led off the Trappers half of the fourth inning with a walk and scored the go-ahead run on a double to the gap in left-center field by first baseman Jorge Toca. Edmonton starter Josh Karp pitched well in the middle inning retiring eight of nine batters after the double by Franklin in the fourth inning.

Sidewinders' first baseman Steve Neal opened the seventh inning with a double down the left field line. He scored the tying run when Ansman smashed a Karp pitch into left-center field for an RBI double. Julio Ramirez sacrificed Ansman to third and diminutive shortstop Keoni DeRenne snuck a ground ball through a drawn in infield to score the catcher with the run that put Tucson in front. Edmonton had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when catcher John Wilson led off with a single and moved to second when Wes Carroll reached on an infield hit. Brandon Watson grounded into a fielder's choice, putting runners at the corners, but Medrano hit into a double play to end the inning. Ron Calloway led off the eighth inning with a double to left field. Pascucci was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second. Pinch-hitter Randy Knorr singled into left field with one out, scoring Calloway from second with the tying run. It was Knorr's first at-bat since being activated from the disabled list. Wilson also led off the ninth inning with a base hit, but the Trappers were not able to plate the winning run. Pascucci led off the 10th inning with a walk, the third time he reached base in the game. Lefty Rigo Beltran (2-0) earned the win with 2.0 shutout innings.

Highlights:

Trappers: Have a 33-34 record.were 6-2 on the homestand.are 6-1 in extra-innings games.was the seventh walk-off win at home this season.was the 15th comeback win of the season.are 8-1 in one-run games at TELUS Field.three of the four games in the series were decided by one run.are 23-12 at home, including a 17-10 record at TELUS Field.are 12-7 in day games, including a 9-2 record at TELUS Field.have hit 36 home runs, the lowest total in the PCL.have gone deep just eight times in 27 games at TELUS Field.hit just two home runs on the homestand.Edmonton leads the season series 3-1.Tucson leads the All-Time series, 165-141 (.539).

LF Ron Calloway: Singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, a Trapper season-high.is 17-for-48 (.354-0-9) during the streak.doubled to lead off the eighth inning and scored the tying run.

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