Weyburn whacked by Giants in Sweep

by Giants Insider

With every up there is a down and with every down an up! The Fort McMurray Giants bounced back after a tough series against the Okotoks Dawgs with two victories over the Weyburn Beavers.

On Wednesday night, the Giants battled the Beavers for a hard fought, 3-2 victory that featured strong pitching on both sides. For the Giants it Matt Whitney who battled his way through seven innings to keep the Giants in the fight, scattering eleven hits in this one, but only surrendering two earned runs while striking out six. Whitney handed the ball to newcomer Jason Maldonado and Rob Schmidt who both pitched scoreless frames with Maldonado getting the win and Schmidt picking up the save in this one. 

Great team approach was the key offensively in this Head Coach Joe Ellison said, "If you look at how well we threw the baseball tonight we knew we would have to get the job done. (Ian) Heck threw very well for Weyburn and it was our unselfish approach that carried us. Manny (Alberto), (Jayden) Shafer and Gage (Ninness) all had RBIs on balls put in play that resulted in outs but scored runs. That type of situational hitting is what defines a good baseball team."

The Giants offense showed it's fire power in game two or the short two game set against the Beavers, scoring 15 runs while collecting 19 hits in this one.  The Giants started fast in this one grabbing two runs in the bottom of the first before the offensive explosion later in the game. 

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Giants homered in three consecutive at-bats, going back-to-back-to-back including on back-to-back pitches. Australian Darcy Barry got the party started with a towering home run to left field, Junho Son then hit the very next pitch out of the ballpark to right field before Peyton McDowall showed his strength taking a 1-2 pitch to deep left center field. 

This explosion carried the Giants and lead to more offense in the fifth and sixth innings. Peyton McDowall finished the day going 2-for-4 with a double and home run adding three RBIs while fellow slugger Cruz Oxford went 4-for-6 with three RBIs of his own. 

The Giants also received strong pitching in this one as starter Bryn Biemiller picked up the win tossing six innings, while relievers Riley Burns, Trevor Syer and Zac Quintana all threw scoreless frames to seal the Giants victory. The Giants remain at home after this sweep of the Beavers, welcoming the Brooks Bombers to town this weekend with the series kicking on Saturday, June 29th!

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