The Lethbridge Bulls visited Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Thursday night to take on the Weyburn Beavers in game one of a two game set. Behind a strong start from Riley Spencer and solid relief pitching from four different Bulls relievers, the Bulls defeated the Beavers 6-5 to move to 2-1 on their current road trip and 6-5 overall on the year.
Bulls starter Riley Spencer gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. In his first appearance of the year, Regan Calvert was first in relief of Spencer and threw 1 2/3 of shut out relief. Brody McDonald, Chris Walker, and Jeremy Filipek each threw 1 inning of relief and allowed 1 earned run a peice; Walker was awarded the win and Filipek the save.
Offensively, Zach Rhodes had the only multi-hit performance for the Bulls as he went 2-for-5 with 2 doubles in the ball game; Jesse Sawyer launched his 3rd home run of the year, a solo shot in the 6th inning, which was his only hit of the night. Head Coach Scott Rhodes was proud of the effort the pitchers and defense put forth to earn the win on Thursday. "Spencer rebounded very well from his last outing where he struggled with the zone; he challenged hitters tonight and gave us a chance to win an important ball game. So far the year, our defense has been sub-par and we really stepped up tonight, made some important plays, and backed up our relief pitchers."
The Bulls are back in action Friday night as they take on the Weyburn Beavers at 7:05pm.