The Lethbridge Bulls committed 6 errors at home on Thursday night resulting in 4 unearned runs and an 8-5 loss to the Yorkton Cardinals. Austin Church was roughed up in his second start of the season allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in just 1 2/3 innings pitched. Chris Walker relieved Church in the 2nd inning and kept the Bulls in the game by throwing 5 1/3 innings allowing just 2 unearned runs on 3 hits. Regan Calvert and Jerry Lawrence threw the 7th and 8th innings combining for 2 shut out innings of relief for the Bulls.
Offensively, the Bulls were led by Ridge Gonsoulin's 2-for-5 performance that included 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Corey Wood went 2-for-4 in the ball game with an RBI and Zach Rhodes finished 2-for-5 on the night. Bulls Assistant Coach, Brandon Magierowski, felt the defense was not focused on making the routine plays, "we preach to our pitchers to throw strikes and use their defense but when the defense makes six errors in one game then the trust is broken; our guys need to start making the routine plays and having more pride in playing solid defense."
The Bulls are now 7-9 on the season and currently sit in third place in the West division; four games back of first place Medicine Hat and two games back of second place Okotoks.
The Bulls are back in action Friday night at Spitz Stadium when they host the Moose Jaw Miller Express (7-8) at 7:05pm.