The Swift Current Indians got a second straight complete game from a starting pitcher in a 3-0 win over the visiting Yorkton Cardinals to stretch their winning streak to seven games.
Chris Haddeland allowed just two singles and a walk while striking out nine to lower his earned run average to 2.11. He faced only 29 batters and threw 71 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
“I was feeling good and getting a lot of ground balls. Our defense played phenomenal tonight and just everything was kind of going in my favor,” said the McMinnville, OR native.
The Indians were held scoreless through the first five innings.
“I wasn’t too concerned. We had been putting decent hacks on the ball. We had our chances but we just hadn’t capitalized yet. I knew it was going to come eventually,” said Haddeland.
The turning point came in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Spillman singled and Bryant Munoz singled on a perfectly executed hit and run. Matt Henriksen eventually singled both of them in with the bases loaded and then Jake Gonzalez singled in Danny Clifford to provide Haddeland with all the offense he would need.
“Yeah for the most part we have done a great job of small ball, hit and runs, bunts. Because we are not necessarily a team that is going to put a lot of balls out of the park, we have a couple guys that can do it, but for the most part we need to do the little things right and we have done that the last seven games,” said Haddeland when reflecting on the hit and run.
The Indians had seen their Central Division lead shrink before turning it around with a seven-game winning streak.
“I think just execution, definitely taking the right mentality every game and doing the little things. We haven’t really made any mistakes that have cost us lately and that has definitely helped out,” said Haddeland.
Sunday’s well-executed win improved the team to 26-13 as they stretched their Central Division lead to eight games. The Tribe will put their winning streak on the line Monday when they host the league leading Medicine Hat Mavericks in their second last regular season home game of the year.