MINOT, ND- The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs win their second straight against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks with the final score of 5-3.
Wednesday night was a solid overall effort by the team with the offense working well enough and getting some clutch hitting, and the pitching not letting the lead slip.
Phillip Childs was the offensive MVP for the day with the team’s third four-hit effort. What was more impressive than his four hits, was the fact that he also stole four bases. He finished his day going 4-for-5 with four singles, an RBI, and two runs.
As for the pitching, Zavian Caldwell keeps asserting his dominance night-in and night-out. He went six innings Wednesday giving up three walks, two runs, and striking out five batters. He struggled a little early in the game allowing two runners on base in the first and second innings, but he was able to escape unscathed.
“My game gets better as the game goes,” said Caldwell. “I’ve always been like that. It’s one of my pet peeves that I need to work on. Coach Thompson tells me that my stuff is pretty good. I just need to work, but I think I just overthink it.”
The bullpen was sturdy once again with Nate Brenzer-Mendoza starting things off with two innings and retiring everyone and striking out five of the six hitters. Mendoza’s game has continued to improve throughout the course of the summer. Bradley Spooner came in for the final inning and got the save. Unfortunately, his unearthly streak of 20.1 innings of no earned runs was snapped on a sac-fly. He gave up one walk and two hits.
Sabre Dogs will go for the sweep against the Whiskey Jacks on Thursday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.