By Medicine Hat News on June 14, 2018.
The Medicine Hat Mavericks extended their winning streak to eight games in epic fashion on Wednesday night at Athletic Park.
After trading blows with the Okotoks Dawgs to trail 6-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Mavericks rallied for five runs — capped off by a bases-clearing triple off the bat of catcher David Vilches — to steal away the lead before marching to an 11-6 victory.
Vilches closed out the night with 5 RBI in a 2-for-4 outing, while Louie Canjura went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI — including a solo home run in the first. Nolan Rattai added an RBI double in the eighth to finish 1-for-5.
Mavericks reliever Barry Caine collected the victory after taking over the mound in the fifth and holding the Dawgs to a pair of runs on three hits and a walk while fanning four batters through 2 and 2/3 innings.
Relievers Julien Ly and Sean Cruz combined to shut down the Dawgs in the final two innings and send Medicine Hat to 8-2 on the season.
Mavericks starter Evan Sutta left after allowing four runs on six hits through 4 and 2/3.
Dawgs relief pitcher Jordan Pepper was dealt the loss after allowing two runs on a hit through 1/3 of the seventh inning. Starter Brock Townsend left after allowing five runs on six hits through four complete innings of work.
Okotoks slipped to 7-3 with the loss.
The Mavericks and Dawgs return to Athletic Park tonight for a rematch at 7:05 p.m.
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