The Medicine Hat Mavericks were on quite the run, not losing a ball game for almost three weeks from June 18th, to July 7th. In that time The Mavericks had managed to pull off 13 wins in a row, with three wins against Fort McMurray, two against Lethbridge, Melville, Yorkton, and Weyburn, and one against both Swift Current, and Edmonton.
Medicine Hat's last loss on June 18th was against the Edmonton Prospects when The Prospects took that one 8-5. Edmonton came to Medicine Hat for a two game series from July 6-7 looking for two oppurtunities to end the Mavericks second long winning streak of the season.
On July 6th the Mavericks took the first game of the two game set 13-7 with Alex Dafoe picking up the win for the Mavericks. Dafoe pitched 5.2 innings for the Mavericks only giving up 2 runs, on 6 hits. The bats were on fire on Friday night, and Mavericks were sending the ball out of the yard left, right, and center. Colton Wright, and Sal Rodriguez both had solo home runs, their 5th, and 2nd of the season. The Mavericks were able to get a 3rd home run on the night when Reed Odland hit his first of the season, a three run blast in the 5th inning. It was an impressive night all around at the plate, as all nine Mavericks batters in the lineup got at least one hit, combining for eighteen total, with four Mavericks bats having three hits in the game.
July 7th was another story for the Mavericks, as Edmonton jumped on them early, and were leading 11-3 after four innings, one of the biggest holes the Mavericks have put them selves in this season. Jumpei Akanuma only lasted 2.1 innings in the start giving up eight runs on eight hits before being pulled early on. Medicine Hat gave it their best effort in the comeback try, Zack Gray had a two run home run in the 5th inning, and David Vilches blasted a three run shot over the score board in the 7th inning to make it 13-10 but it would not be enough as the final score would stay that way. The Mavericks loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th inning to get everybody on the edge of their seats, and make it very interesting, but they could not bring anybody around, and the 13 game win streak would come to a close.
Medicine Hat Mavericks go again today at 2:05 pm against the 14-16 Swift Current 57's, as they look to get back in the win column, and try to start another long winning run.
Dawson Thompson - Game Day Commentator and Media Personnel,
Medicine Hat Mavericks.