Calgary Wolfpack: News
Wolfpack's Hopes For Third Title Slip Away In Disappointing First Round Playoff Defeat
The Wolfpack are cleaning out the clubhouse for the season after their worst postseason performance in over three years. The always dependable Wolfpack bats weren't able to overcome the deficit that poor pitching and defense put them in against a surprisingly strong Dukes offense.
Injuries and vacations thinned the roster for the Wolfpack, as they weren't able to roll out their true starting lineup once during their quarterfinal series and, despite a morale boosting comeback to stay alive and force a game 3, they fell in the series 2-1 to the Dukes.
A season is never considered "successful" unless we are drinking champagne out of a trophy, but overall it was a good year for the Wolfpack as they finished the regular season in 3rd place and spent a good chunk of the year on top of the league standings. Some new faces made some serious contributions, as evidenced by the close race for the Rookie of The Year award, and there were other highlights throughout the year as well.
The Pack was poised to win the Pow Wow Days Invitational tournament in Lac La Biche before being rained out and splitting the pot with Edmonton, outfielder Blake Carruthers proved he was indeed not human (jury still out on robot vs. alien), the Pack offense rolled yet again with a team batting average of .319 and broke their franchise record from last year for runs in a season with 196 in a 22-game schedule. The team carried an OPS of .893 and an OBP of .419. Some believe this could be the greatest single offensive season the Wolfpack will ever put together.
The 2017 season was not void of low points and areas for improvement for the Wolfpack however, as they were in the bottom third of the league in fielding percentage at .922 committing 47 errors in 21 games (Pack-Canadians game not counted). Shortstop Carlos Charmell was lost late in the regular season to a hamstring injury which severely handicapped the Wolfpack heading into the playoffs, and pitching ace Curtis Smith uncharecteristaclly struggled to convert wins despite being provided plenty of run support. He contributed a career-low 25.2 IP due to a biceps injury he suffered early in the season.
Plans are already in motion for the team's year-end party and awards ceremony, and voting for team awards will close at the conclusion of the championship series this Saturday, August 19th. The players will now break for a while and tend to their jobs and girlfriends, both of which clearly suffer while we are out playing in the dirt all summer, before getting back to work and turning our sights to the 2018 season and the chase for #3!
Sunday, June 4
Wolfpack Bats Overcome Two 7-Run Deficits To Steal Game 2 And Complete Sweep
The Wolfpack had a lot of work to do to overcome two seperate 7-run leads that the White Sox we able to jump out to in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
The Wolfpack found themselves in two early holes as Christian Lapointe laboured heavily through the 3rd and 4th innings of his start. He would end up pitching only 3.1 IP before giving way to Shaun Connor with a runner on third and one out in the 4th. Lapointe gave up seven hits, walked five, and struck out four while allowing ten runs to cross. Connor struggled with his control briefly while trying to get the last two outs in the 4th inning, and after it was all said and done, the Pack was down 12-5 heading into the bottom of the 4th... cue the comeback.
In the bottom of the 4th, rookie sensation Michael Goldade would start what ended up being a 6-run two-out rally by drawing a walk from starting pitcher Matt Strukoff. Fraser Armstrong would follow that up by hitting his team leading third home run of the season. Curtis Smith kept the inning alive with a single up the middle, followed by another single up the middle by Austin Baran, then Alberto Trejo stepped up and gashed the White Sox for another two runs by knocking in Smith and Baran with a triple into the gap. Tanner Pate ripped a single through the hole on the right side to score Trejo, and Shaun Connor drew another walk to shift Pate up to second base before Phil "The Voice" Gray clutched up with a line drive through the middle to score Pate. Andrew Lee flew out to center field to record the third out of the inning, but the damage had been done, the Pack was only down 12-11 at this point and they were hungry for more.
Michael Goldade (1-0) came in from the outfield to spin a scorelss inning of relief and gave the Pack a chance to tie the game up in the 5th, which they did after Goldade was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by Smith, and eventually scored while the White Sox attempted to throw Smith out stealing second. Goldade would throw another inning of shutout relief to get the Pack back on offense in the 6th when Carlos Charmell came up huge with a pinch-hit triple that scored Pate and Connor to put the Pack up 14-12. Goldade would pitch into a jam in the top of the seventh as the first three batters reached base to load the bases with nobody out... enter sandman.
Dirk Dembroski (2-0) entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out and proceded to retire the next three batters on balls in play in the infield to record his first save of the season and lock up another win for the Wolfpack, the final was 14-13.
This marks the 8th consecutive win for the Wolfpack, and tenth consecutive game without suffering a loss. They will get a well deserved break after winning four games in four days as they prepare to face-off with the Diamondbacks on Friday June 9th, this will be the make-up game from their doubleheader earlier in the season that was postponed due to darkness after Game 1 went to extras. The Pack then faces another tough opponent as they play a Sunday doubleheader against the first place Longhorns in their first meeting of the season.
Sunday, June 4
Connor And Young Homer As Wolfpack Rolls The White Sox 20-5
The bats came ready to play in Game 1 of the weekend doubleheader with the White Sox Sunday afternoon. Every member of the Pack's lineup recorded at least one hit, and Shaun Connor and Curtis Smith both ended the game one hit shy of the cycle (a triple and home run respectively). The rest of the lineup exploded for twenty-two hits, five of which went for extra bases. The Wolfpack showed great discipline at the plate, waiting for good pitches to hit in each of their at-bats against a low-velocity pitcher, which in the past has proven to be a tough task given the agressiveness of the Pack's offense. Jon Young hit his first career FMBA home run and tied Connor for the team lead with four RBI's in the contest, the Wolfpack hitters were struckout once in the game.
Brent Suecroft (2-0) put forth yet another quality start. After struggling through a long first inning where the White Sox did most of their damage, The Dragon would settle in to only allow one more run through four more innings of work, he struck out four and walked two. Phil Gray entered in a mop-up role and threw one shutout inning of relief before the mercy rule was enforced and the game ended after six innings.
The Wolfpack improve to 7-1-2 with the win and are set to complete their doubleheader starting at 6PM tonight as they go for the season sweep of the White Sox.
Friday, June 2
Robertson's Relief Gives Wolfpack Time To Mount Huge Comeback In Win Over Dukes
The Wolfpack nabbed yet another come-from-behind victory against the Dukes Friday night after their bush-league chicken poop attempt to avoid completing what should have been a suspended game (by rule) from earlier in the season.
That's ok, their a bunch of batches who don't know how to hold a lead late in the game anyway... they can have their half a game, they will need it more than the Wolfpack when all is said and done.
The Pack got off to a rough start as Tanner Pate was touched up for eight hits over the first three innings and left the game down 8-3 (although only 4 of the 8 runs were earned). He struck out seven and walked two in his three innings of work... cue the comeback. Neil Robertson came in for his second consecutive day of relief pitching and proceded to toss three innings of shutout baseball to keep the Pack in the game long enough to mount their signature comeback.
The Pack scored two runs in the 5th after lead off walks by Carlos Charmell and Fraser Armstrong moved over to second and third on a wild pitch by rookie Duncan Elgert. Those two runs would come in to score on an RBI groundout by Michael Goldade and a Sac Fly by Shaun Connor making it an 8-5 ball game.
It all came together when the door was left open in the top of the 7th thanks to a big error in right field that allowed Goldade to score (after a leadoff walk and a steal) and Connor to advance to second, the Wolfpack capitalized quickly. Phil Gray came in to run for Connor and Alberto Trejo smacked an infield single deep into the hole at shortstop which would advance Gray to 3rd. Steve Sellinger followed that up with an RBI fielder's choice that Trejo was able to beat out at second base, which brought up Curtis Smith with runners on first and second down 8-7. Smith was first-pitch swinging and smoked a single up the middle just under the glove of the pitcher Elgert, scoring Trejo for the Pack's tying run, their third of the inning, and completing the comeback.
Andrew Lee would follow Smith up with his first career FMBA hit, a line drive single to left field that scored Sellinger from second base to take the lead 9-8, and after Lee and Smith both moved to second and third base respectively on the throw from the left fielder, Smith was able to scoot home on a passed ball to notch the Pack's tenth and final run.
Austin Baran was handed the ball in the bottom of the seventh to close it out and he pitched a perfect seventh getting the first two batters to ground out then striking out the last batter to put an exclamation mark on the comeback and earn his first save of the season.
The Pack are in action again Sunday for their 3rd and 4th games in a four day span, the depth of the roster is certainly going to be tested this weekend as a lot of arms have been used over the past few games to keep the undefeated streak alive (the Wolfpack haven't lost since Opening Day). The doubleheader against the White Sox will start at 3PM Sunday afternoon.
Did I mention the Dukes are bush league batches?
Thursday, June 1
Connor's Irish Mojo Lifts Wolfpack Over Guns
The Wolfpack improved to 5-1-1 on the season with a 7-4 win over the Guns tonight. The went down early to the tune of a 2-0 lead, but Shaun Connor tied the game with one swing in the 4th inning with a runner on with his first home run of the season. Connor would end up knocking in another RBI in the 5-run 5th inning to lead the team with 3 runs batted in. Blake Carruthers pitched in with yet another triple and two runs scored, bumping his slash line up to a gaudy .562/.611/1.250.
Dirk Dembroski (2-0) drew the start for the Pack and continued his strong rookie season as he earned his second win of the year. Dembroski threw 5.0 quality innings allowing only one earned run on five hits, two walks, and a strikeout. Neil Robertson walked straight to the mound from his car after arriving late to the game and proceeded to close out the final two innings for his first save of the season. He entered into a 6th inning jam with two runners on and was able to minimize the damge while inducing a double play to swing the momentum back to the Pack late in the game.
This was another strong team win for the Wolfpack, contributions have been coming from everyone on the roster so far this year, and the environment in the clubhouse seems to be trending way up as the new faces are settling in and a few hard fought wins have really brought the team together.
The Pack is back in action tomorrow night as they take on the Dukes after the finalization of the suspended game from earlier in the season, they will be going into Friday night with a record of 5-1-1 and a 2.5 game lead on the Diamondbacks for second place. They have an opportunity to come out of Friday 7-1-1 which would propel them to a half game over the Longhorns and sole possession of first place. The action starts at 6:30PM tomorrow night.
Sunday, May 28
Quality At-Bats And Strong Pitching Combine For 7-0 Wolfpack Win
The Calgary Wolfpack took the second game of their weekend doubleheader the Canadians Sunday afternoon. This clinches the season series for the Wolfpack as they will attempt to go for a season sweep of the Canadians July 5th in their 3rd last game of the regular season.
The Pack showed great discipline at the plate in this one, drawing seven total walks and threatening to score almost every inning. The scoring started early as the Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and the middle of the order delivered all afternoon as Jon Young, Fraser Armstrong, and Blake Carruthers each had multiple hits and combined to drive in five of the team's seven runs.
Phil Gray (1-0) provided a quality start for the Pack and never looked back after he was spotted a four-run lead in the first inning. Gray threw 4.2 innings and only allowed two hits while walking four and striking out four to earn his first career win on the mound for the Wolfpack. Christian Lapointe came in to shut the door on this game as he fired 2.1 innings of shutout relief and struck out five of the nine batters he faced, this marked Lapointe's first save of the season.
The Pack improved to 4-1-1 with the victory, and they will look to continue their streak Thursday, June 1st as they take on the Guns at 6:30PM.
Sunday, May 28
The Dragon's Strong Pitching Carries Wolfpack To Win Despite 4 Errors
The Wolfpack won a close game Sunday morning in the first game of their doubleheader against the Canadians. Brent 'The Dragon' Suecroft led the way with a complete game win on the mound and showed strong command the entire game. It took Suecroft 110 pitches to get through seven innings, and he only allowed two earned runs while striking out six. The Dragon had the Canadians hitters guessing all morning long as they struggled to make any sort of solid contact against him, but they were still able to pile up nine duck farts and lazy groundballs into the hole for hits in the game. Suecroft was able to minimize the damage and stranded seven runners over the course of the game, which was key in counteracting the four errors that the Wolfpack defense committed behind him.
Fraser Armstrong recorded yet another multiple hit game and led the team with a couple of singles in the contest, he now leads the Wolfpack in plate appearances with twenty, and is slashing a cool .429/.600/.714 (not a typo, he gets on base 60% of the time). It was a decent day all around for the Wolfpack offense as 7 out of 9 batters recorded a hit this morning.
Game 2 of the Canadians doubleheader is on tap at 12:00 PM today.
Tuesday, May 16
Carruthers And Company Explode For 15 Runs In Victory Over Dukes
Blake Carruthers had a career night as he crushed two grand slams in the Tuesday night showdown with the Dukes. Blake sent shots out to left and right-center field with the bases loaded to carry the Pack's offense to a 15-4 victory and tie him for the team lead in home runs with Fraser Armstrong.
For the second consecutive game, the Wolfpack got offensive contributions from everyone in the lineup as five of nine starters recorded hits in the game, and every batter who didn't record a hit got on base at least once via the walk. Carlos Charmell and Austin Baran both had multiple hit games, and Baran smacked his first career FMBA home run to walk-off the Dukes and invoke the mercy rule.
In other highlights, Michael Goldade continued to be a nightmare on the basepaths for opposing teams as the rookie swiped four bases in this game to bring his season total to seven (through four games). Fraser Armstrong mailed it in after seeing how locked in Carruthers was in the cage before the game, and decided to go 0-1 with a walk and two bean balls instead of having to compete with Blake all night. He will look to come back in next Wednesday's game when he's pretty sure Carruthers won't be there to steal his thunder.
Dirk Dembroski spun a complete-game gem on the hill for the Wolfpack as he managed to induce groundballs from 13 of the 23 batters that he faced. He struck out five, walked two, and allowed only 3 earned runs for his first career W as a member of the Pack. Efficiency was the theme in Dembroski's performance tonight as he threw 50 of 75 pitches for strikes, and threw a first pitch strike to 70% of the batters he faced.
The Wolfpack will have a small break over the long weekend before gearing up to take on the Dukes again on Wednesday May 24th for the resumption of their suspended game and the finale of their season series.
Sunday, May 14
Goldade's Walkoff Gives Wolfpack Victory Over Diamondbacks
The Wolfpack defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8 on Sunday thanks to a walk-off single by Michael Goldade. The game was tied at eight in the bottom of the tenth when the Wolfpack when Goldade singled off of Tyler Lowey, driving in Curtis Smith for the winning run.
Goldade had a massive day at the plate in this marathon contest as he went 4-5 with a double and four RBI's to help lead Wolfpack to victory. He also terrorized the Diamondbacks on the basepaths finishing the game with three stolen bases as well (the Pack stole seven collevtively).
Carlos Charmell kept pace with Goldade on offense, as he recorded four hits in the game too, including a triple to deep left-center. Carlos would go on to score three of the Pack's nine runs and make up a good chunk of Goldade's RBI's.
Tanner Pate made his first career start for the Wolfpack and left the game in line for the win with a 6-3 lead in the fifth inning. He gave up two earned runs while striking out four. He also went 1-3 with a double and an RBI to contribute offensively during his outing.
Fraser Armstrong earned the win for Wolfpack. He threw two no-hit, shutout innings of relief, and struck out four to keep the Pack in the game long enough for them to do the damage they needed in the tenth.
Tyler Lowey took the loss for Diamondbacks. He pitched one-third of an inning, allowing one run, one hit, striking out one, and walking one.
This marks the first victory of the season for the Wolfpack, and with only twelve healthy bodies in the dugout, the entire squad had to contribute to scratch the extra-inning victory together. The second game of tonight's doubleheader was cancelled due to rain, darkness, and the length of the first game. It will be made up on Friday, June 2nd at 6:30pm.
The Pack will face the Dukes on Tuesday May 16th for their next contest.
Monday, May 8
Wolfpack And Cardinals Play To A Draw, Injuries Thin The Roster
The Wolfpack and the Cardinals played to a 6-6 tie on Monday night to wrap up their season series. Unfortunately, the game was called after the completion of the seventh inning due to darkness, and the timing couldn't have been better for the Cardinals as the Wolfpack's bats had finally woken up and brought them back from a five run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to capture all the momentum in this contest.
Steve Sellinger and Jon Young both collected their first career hits for the Wolfpack during the game, and six other members of the Pack collected hits to add to the team total as well.
The Cardinals collected seven hits on the evening. Chris Falls and Shane Black each led the Cardinals with multiple hits.
The disabled list added a couple bodies tonight as Jon Young suffered a setback in his recovery from a preseason ankle sprain, and Curtis Smith went down with a bicep injury in his throwing arm. The ranks will be thin for the Wolfpack in the coming days, and they will need key contributions from their remaining players to avoid an early season slide.
The Wolfpack are scheduled to take on the Dukes in their next game on Friday night, Brent The Dragon Suecroft is scheduled to start that contest.
Friday, May 5
Cardinals Grab Lead In Fifth Inning For Victory Over Wolfpack
The Wolfpack lost a tough one as they started their season on FMBA Opening Day this year at the FMBA Field against the Cardinals.
After failing to produce a baserunner through the first four innings, the Cardinals took the lead in the fifth and defeated the Wolfpack 4-2 on Friday night. The game was tied at two with the Cardinals batting in the bottom of the fifth when Guy Prince singled off of Curtis Smith, driving in the go-ahead run.
Kaleb Pratt earned the win for Cardinals on the mound. He pitched two innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, and walked none. Curtis Smith took the loss for Wolfpack. He threw six innings, surrendering four runs on six hits and struck out ten, while walking one.
The Wolfpack collected six hits offensively, Fraser Armstrong and Alberto Trejo (each were Silver Slugger candidates from last season) got off to hot starts and collected multiple hits for the Wolfpack in the loss.
Next up is the Monday night series finale against the Cardinals at 6:30PM, Dirk Dembroski is listed as the probable starter.
Wolfpack Drop Game 1 of Quarterfinal As Errors Prove To Be Wolfs-bane Yet Again
Eight hits weren't enough for the Calgary Wolfpack as they lost a 14-8 shootout in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals to the Longhorns on Saturday at FMBA Field.
Derek Goett helped pace the offense with his patience at the plate, reaching base three times by drawing two walks and adding one hit with a double in the seventh inning. He would lead the team by scoring two runs in this game, while Shaun Connor led the team in RBI with two.
Sean Maguire (3-1) pitched well enough to keep the Wolfpack in the game, but costly errors ended up sealing the Pack's fate in this one yet again. Of the ten runs that came across to score against Maguire, only four were earned.
The offense did all it could to keep the Wolfpack alive, with all but two players in the starting lineup coming away with base hits in the contest, showing further proof that the Wolfpack offense we saw in May and June is finally coming to life again.
If the Wolfpack can manage the errors and improve their defensive consistency moving forward, they are primed for another deep playoff run this season.
Curtis Smith Has Career Day As His Perfect Game Propels Wolfpack Past Cardinals 8-0
Wednesday was a day Curtis Smith (6-1) will remember forever as he etched his name in FMBA history throwing a perfect game in the Wolfpack's 8-0 victory over the Calgary Cardinals. The Cardinals hitters were kept guessing the entire day as Smith struck out eleven on his way to the victory. Smith will end the regular season with a team leading six wins on the bump. He has thrown complete games in each of his seven starts during this year's campaign, tallying 49 innings pitched with 70 strikeouts and 15 walks (4.67 K/BB) which is good for an averge of 12.86 K/9. The perfect game lowers his team-leading ERA to 0.86, and he will look to keep the dominating performances going as the Wolfpack head into the playoffs.
Despite the lack of run support needed by Smith in this game, there was no shortage of offense for the Wolfpack. Their bats seem to be heating up at just the right time as they beat the Cardinals thanks to twelve hits, including five extra base hits.
Fraser Armstrong, Blake Carruthers and Pat Shippit helped lead the Wolfpack offense as they combined for seven hits, three RBIs, and ten total bases.
It seemed like everyone on the team was locked in for this one following the players-only meeting prior to the game, Neil Robertson came in off the bench late in the game and proceeded to smash an RBI triple into the gap in his only at-bat, while Jared Armstrong made a diving catch in centerfield that ultimately kept the perfect game intact after replacing Carruthers, who exited for precautionary reasons due to a lingering hamstring issue.
This was only the third time in the 22-game regular season that the Wolfpack played a clean game defensively, and the first time since June 12th that they were able to complete a game error free. Ironically enough, the closest they came to comitting an error was on the last play of the game when Smith needed to make a throw to first base on a weak comebacker to complete his perfect game, apart from that the defense was outstanding and even those who came into the game late were sharp.
Like we said in the previous article, if the Wolfpack has figured out their defense, and this game was a sign of things to come, then the rest of the league is in trouble.
The Wolfpack have a well-deserved break now as they await the conclusion of the rest of the league's schedule (weather permitting). The league hopes to announce the beginning of the 2016 playoffs for Monday, August 15th.
The Wolfpack finished their season at a mark of 15-7, which should be good for either second or third place, setting them up for a favorable first-round matchup in the playoffs.
The public voting for the Wolfpack's season award winners will stay open through their playoff run.
Wolfpack Errors Too Much To Overcome In Loss To Cardinals
The Wolfpack fell to the Calgary Cardinals 6-1 at FMBA Field Tuesday night despite another quality start from Axel Christoffersen. Axel Christoffersen (2-1) provided a quality start for the Wolfpack, but still took the loss in tonight's tilt. He lasted five innings, walked two, struck out five, and allowed only three earned runs.
The Wolfpack struggled to provide fundamental defense behind Axel, as they put together another four error game. In six out of the Pack's seven losses this year, they have committed more errors than the opposing team, thus exposing an area of improvement that should be easy to address, and make the team that much more formidable moving forward. If they can clean up their defense, the rest of the league should look out.
The offense didn't provide much in the way of run-support either, as they were only able to bring one run across the plate in the fourth on a wild pitch.
This game pushed the Wolfpack's losing streak to a season high three games. The team just hasn't been able to find its grove from earlier in the season when the were able to win ten straight. There have been rumblings of a players-only meeting to be held in the clubhouse before the start of tomorrow night's regular season finale against the Cardinals.
We caught up with veteran slugger Shaun Connor on his way off the field tonight and he told us "We just don't look like we're having fun right now, everyone is playing tight, we need to get back to the mindset we had in May/June." The Wolfpack get started at 6:30 tomorrow at FMBA Field to finish up their regular season and make a push for the best possible seed heading into the playoffs.
Late Game Comeback Stuns Wolfpack In Extra Inning Loss To Gunz
The Wolfpack lost 13-12 on Tuesday after a surprise rally turned a three-run seventh inning advantage into a Guns victory at FMBA Field.
Blake Carruthers racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Calgary Wolfpack, giving him a share of the team lead in that category with 15. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the fifth inning.
Fraser Armstrong (1-1) was the game's losing pitcher. He came in for extra-inning relief and lasted one-third of an inning before surrendering the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Armstrong walked two and gave up one hit.
Armstrong's offensive contributions earlier in the game are not to be overlooked, however, as he led the team in total bases with six on the heels of a three double performance. Armstrong pushed his team-leading batting average to .433 to go along with an equally absurd .525 on-base percentage! Neither of those are the result of a small sample size either, Armstrong also leads the Pack in plate appearances and official at-bats, he continues to make a strong push for the Silver Slugger Award as the season draws to a close.
The Wolfpack are in action again next Tuesday as they meet the Cardinals for the first of a mid-week doubleheader to wrap up their regular season. Game time is 6:30 at FMBA Field!
Early Lead Not Enough For Wolfpack, Fall 9-3 To Canadians
The Calgary Wolfpack built an early lead on Wednesday, but the Canadians roared back to steal a 9-3 victory at FMBA Field.
Jordon Drefko was the lone bright spot at the plate for the Wolfpack offense which struggled mightily against the Canadians soft throwing starter. Drefko went 2-2 and played a part in two out of the Pack's three runs, driving in one and scoring one. He singled in the second inning and doubled in the fourth inning.
Christian Lapointe (1-2) had an excellent start through three innings, but lost his command in the fourth and gave up four runs which would prove to be the only runs the Canadians would need to take this one. He allowed six runs in four innings, walked four and struck out five while taking the loss.
The Wolfpack defense didn't offer Lapointe much help as they committed four errors tonight, dropping the team fielding percentage to .915 this season.
The Wolfpack are back in action next Tuesday as they take on the Gunz in the finale of the season series. The Wolfpack have taken the first two games from the Gunz this year.
Axel Christoffersen And Wolfpack Show A Lot Of Heart In Walkoff Win
The Calgary Wolfpack showed that they know how to find a way to win in the face of adversity tonight at FMBA Field.
With the score tied at nine in the bottom of the seventh, and after trailing the Calgary Cardinals for the entire game, the Wolfpack's Alberto Trejo came to the plate and singled, scoring Jordon Drefko for the walkoff win.
Trejo had a great night, racking up two RBIs on two hits for the Calgary Wolfpack, but there were others who lent helping hands in the team victory as well.
Shaun Connor hit his second home run of the season, tying him for the team lead with Derek Goett, and drove in 3 RBI's to lead the team in that category tonight.
Jordan Drefko had a career night as well, both he and Fraser Armstrong collected three base hits each. Drefko raises his batting average to .355 with his performance, and has played a crucial role in turning the lineup over out of the ninth spot with timely base hits on a regular basis.
FMBA Fantasy Update: In his last eight at-bats, Armstrong has gone 8-8 with 6 RBI's and 5 runs scored while collecting 14 total bases.
The story of the night though had to be Axel Christoffersen's (2-0) return from the DL. After a rough start the Wolfpack found themselves down 7-0 after two innings... enter Axe Man. Christoffersen came in fresh off of a seperated shoulder and held the Cardinals to only two more runs for the remainder of the game, which allowed the Wolfpack's offense to get rolling and make a shot at a comeback. Christoffersen gave up five hits, only walked one batter, and struck out five while keeping the Pack in it long enough to put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh and walk-off with the win.
The Wolfpack will get some well-deserved rest days before suiting up again on Saturday morning to take on the Cardinals again in a weekend doubleheader, after the way their opener went with the Cardinals, it is sure to be an intense game.
In other news, rumors have surfaced about a potential recall of Tony Onesty from AAA-Houston if Curtis Smith's performance continues to decline. There were seperate rumors going around about a hand-shake deal made between the Cardinals and Smith before Monday's game, but they turned out to be unfounded.
Despite Smith's best efforts, the Wolfpack won anyway so it turns out he can't even shave points properly...................let alone hit a baseball.
Red Hot Fraser Armstrong Powers Wolfpack Past Longhorns For Doubleheader Split
The loss early in the morning certainly woke up the Wolfpack bats as an incendiary Fraser Armstrong hit for his first FMBA cycle to carry the Calgary Wolfpack to a 15-4 dismantling of the Calgary Longhorns at FMBA Field Saturday afternoon.
Armstrong had what is sure to be one of the most memorable days in his career as he went 5-5 in the game. He tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fourth inning, homered in the fifth inning, and singled in the first and seventh innings.
Eight runs in the opening three innings allowed the Wolfpack to easily put away the Longhorns. A two-run double and RBI single by Shaun Connor, a sacrifice fly by Blake Carruthers, the RBI triple by Armstrong, and a two-run single by Alberto Trejo during the second inning helped the Calgary Wolfpack put some runs on the board early.
Brent Suecroft (2-0) got it done on the mound on the way to his second win. He pitches a complete game, allowing only four runs. Suecroft struck out two, walked five and gave up five hits.
Armstrong's day at the plate inflated his batting average to .404, which now puts him in the elite company of Blake Carruthers and Alberto Trejo, the only everyday starters for the Wolfpack who are hitting over .400.
Even though it wasn't needed as much, even the defense was a little sharper after the stinker the team laid in Game 1, the errors were cut in half as the Wolfpack only committed three in the finale of the season series with the Longhorns.
The Wolfpack turn it around for another game on short rest on Monday night against a surging Calgary Cardinals team. This will be their first game against a top-4 FMBA team since May 24th.
In unrelated news, the defensive stats from this game are FUBAR thanks to Carlos being left to keep score unsupervised in the dugout. Apparently he thinks that Pat Shippit recorded 21 putouts and comitted 2 errors while doing so.... He also gave Jordan Drefko an error just for good measure.
Sloppy Defense And Late Longhorn's Rally Result In 5-3 Loss For Wolfpack
The Calgary Longhorns took the lead in the seventh inning, and the Calgary Wolfpack were unable to muster a comeback in the home half, losing 5-3 on Saturday morning at FMBA Field.
Derek Goett paced the Calgary Wolfpack at the plate. He went 1-3 with a huge solo shot in the fourth inning that gave the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead.
Curtis Smith (5-1) took the loss for the Wolfpack. He pitched a complete game, walked three, struck out ten, and allowed two earned runs. The top of the first saw Calgary Longhorns take an early lead, but it was short lived as the Wolfpack quickly got the run back to tie it 1-1 on an RBI single by Alberto Trejo.
The Calgary Wolfpack pushed across one run in both the fourth inning and the sixth to take a 3-2 lead before everything fell apart in the top of the seventh. Three defensive errors by the Pack led to three runs for the Longhorns, and that is all they would need to wrap this one up.
It was a second consecutive heart breaker for the Wolfpack who came to the park expecting to take care of business, but instead committed a season high 6 errors. The loss drops them to 12-4 heading into Game 2 of the doubleheader today.
The Calgary Wolfpack Lose 9-4 To Calgary Canadians
Alberto Trejo did all he could to give the Calgary Wolfpack a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past the Calgary Canadians, as the Wolfpack lost 9-4 at FMBA Field on Wednesday.
Trejo led the Wolfpack's offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game. He scored one run and had one RBI in the contest, which would end up being half of the Pack's run production in this one.
Neil Robertson (0-1) was given his first look as a starting pitcher in this game after dominating the first half of the season out of the bullpen. Robertson struggled with his command early and couldn't recover as he exited in the fourth inning after giving up seven runs. Robertson walked five and struck out three.
This was a tough loss for the Wolfpack. For a second consecutive season they underestimated a Canadians roster that seems to have improved every year since joinging the FMBA. Errors and mental mistakes seemed to be the theme tonight, and held them back from making a full comeback in the mid-week contest, and dropped the Wolfpack to 12-3.
Next action will be Saturday June 28th at 3PM & 6PM against the 7-6 Calgary Longhorns!
Wolfpack Offense Comes Back To Life In Game 2, Pack Beat Twins 6-2
The Calgary Wolfpack beat the Calgary Twins 6-2 to wrap up the doubleheader and season series on Sunday at FMBA Field.
Curtis Smith (5-0) picked up the win on the mounds for the Calgary Wolfpack. Smith pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks while striking out four. The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the second inning, but a five run third inning for the Wolfpack was all Smith needed to settle in and shut the door on the Twins.
The offense finally found their stride after struggling in Game 1 of the weekend series. Four players combined for 8 of the Pack's 10 hits. Fraser Armstrong, Tony Onesty, Jordan Drefko, and Smith all had multi-hit games, and Armstrong swiped his team leading eighth bag.
The win was bittersweet as a couple members of the Pack had to exit the nightcap game early. Jordan Drefko, in the midst of a career day at the plate, lost a contact lens during a slide and wasn't able to finish out the game. And Blake Carruthers, breakout rookie centerfielder, was hit by a pitch in the wrist and forced to leave to game as well.
Tony Onesty was able to make it up from AAA Houston for the weekend, but will be headed back to the Pack's farm team for the time being, sources close to the situation say he just has a few more mental issues to figure out, but he should be making another appearance within a month or so.
Wolfpack Can't Stop The Twins's Sixth Inning Rally In 6-5 Loss
A tight game was decided in the sixth inning as the Calgary Wolfpack fell to the Calgary Twins 6-5 on Sunday at FMBA Field.
Alberto Trejo was scorching hot at the plate for the Wolfpack. Trejo went 3-4 and scored one run in Sunday's first game, bumping his batting average to a ridiculous .406! He now trails early-season MVP candidate Blake Carruthers in that category by only 3 points.
The Wolfpack fell behind early 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game in the third on an RBI single by Curtis Smith that scored Carruthers. The Twins battled back and put up two runs of their own in the fifth inning to keep the game within reach.
Starting pitcher Sean Maguire (3-0) left the game in line for the win after the fifth inning with the Pack up 5-4. Everything fell apart for the Wolfpack in the sixth.
Derek Goett (0-1) made his first appearance on the mound this season coming in to relieve Maguire and close out the game, but the Twins had other ideas. Goett promptly struck out the first batter he faced, but after a double down the third base line, a wild pitch and a walk would put runners on first and third. A second wild pitch would score the tying run for the Twins, followed by a single up the middle scoring the go-ahead and final run of the ball game.
The Wolfpack would manage to get the tying run to third base in the final inning but he wound up stranded as the Twins were able to close the game out and snap the Wolfpack's ten game winning streak.
Sitting at 11-2 now, the Wolfpack are preparing to start game two of the doubleheader in just a few minutes.
The Calgary Wolfpack Jump On The Calgary Diamondbacks Early And Coast To 10-1 Win
The Calgary Wolfpack continued to pile up the runs on Wednesday, scoring seven runs in the first inning and three runs in the seventh inning, en route to an easy 10-1 win over the Calgary Diamondbacks at FMBA Field.
The Wolfpack opened the game with seven quick runs in the top of the first with the help of a two-run double by Curtis Smith, an RBI single by Alberto Trejo, an RBI single by Trevor Czernick, and a two-run single by Fraser Armstrong.
Armstrong and Smith both racked up two RBIs each for the Wolfpack, while Alberto Charmell found himself in scoring position often and ended up leading the team with two runs scored.
Brent Suecroft (1-0) got it done on the mound on his way to his first win of the season. The Wolfpack veteran allowed one run over five innings in his first start for 2016. He struck out two, walked two and surrendered three hits.
The win pushes the Pack to 11-1 as they head into their weekend doubleheader against the Calgary Twins at the FMBA Field.
Wolfpack Take Out The Calgary White Sox With Help From Derek Goett, Final Score 7-2
Derek Goett went 1-3, helping the Calgary Wolfpack to a 7-2 victory over the Calgary White Sox on Sunday at FMBA Field.
Goett doubled in the seventh inning, plating Armstrong and Carruthers and extending the Wolfpack lead to 7-0. It also tied him with Jared Armstrong for the game high in RBI with two. Goett was also able to cross the plate himself twice in this game as well, making him a concensus pick for the biggest contributor offensively in the doubleheader finale.
Christian Lapointe (1-1) pitched lights out for the Calgary Wolfpack. Lapointe gave up just three hits, allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out three during his six innings of work. After making some mechanical adjustments prior to this week's start, Lapointe has altered his approach on the mound and all signs point to a positive future as he was able to slash his ERA from 15.35 to 7.64 with 6 strong innings today.
The Pack stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, and Shaun Connor was able to make a solid relief appearance throwing one shut-out inning with two striekouts to cap the day off.
With the sweep Sunday, the Wolfpack improve to 10-1 on the season and continue to put pressure on the rest of the league to catch up to them before playoffs begin. Their numbers continue to improve on both sides of the baseball as their team average has now bumped to .309 and their team ERA has dropped to 2.33.
The Wolfpack are in action again Wendesday, June 8th at 6:30PM taking on the Diamondbacks.
The Wolfpack Get 14 Strikeouts From Smith, Win 10-1 Over White Sox
Sunday was a great day for Wolfpack starter Curtis Smith, as he struck out 14 batters to carry the Calgary Wolfpack to a 10-1 victory over the Calgary White Sox at FMBA Field on Sunday morning to kick off their doubleheader.
The Pack exploded for five runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and blow the game wide open. Almost everyone contributed offensively as seven of the Wolfpack hitters combined for 10 hits, seven RBIs and nine runs scored in the contest.
Game 1 of the doubleheader was as much of a team effort offensively as the Wolfpack could have hoped for. Smith, Charmell, and Drefko all provided multi-hit games, while every single starter provided at least one RBI.... Except for Blake Carruthers, he was too busy getting beaned to have any pitches to hit.
Smith (4-0) struggled with the strike zone early on in the game, giving up two hits, one run, and 3 walks in the first 3 innings, but settled in nicely after throwing a temper tantrum after his pop out to the shortstop. Once he decided to throw hard and quite being a baby, he went on to set down 14 White Sox batters on strikes which gave the Wolfpack offense all the time they needed to build him a comfortable lead.
He improves to 4-0 on the season and is hoping the blood transfusion scheduled for Monday afternoon will prepare him to start again Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
The Wolfpack improved to 9-1 with the win and are taking on the White Sox in game two of the doubleheader beginning at 11:30 AM!
Walks And Errors Dominate In Wolfpack's 9-2 Win Over Twins
The Calgary Wolfpack beat the Calgary Twins on Wednesday 9-2 at FMBA Field to improve to 8-1 and further tighten their grip on first place in the FMBA, they are now 1.5 games ahead of the second place Giants.
The Wolfpack scored four runs in the fifth on a bases loaded walk to Jordon Drefko, a passed ball, and a two-run single by Christian Lapointe. That big inning would prove to be all the Wolfpack needed to stay ahead in this one as the Twins were given their share of free bases but were unable to come up with any timely hits to cash in.
Sean Maguire (3-0) and Neil Robertson made sure that the Wolfpack didn't need much offense to secure a win, despite the 9 runs they produced. Maguire put together yet another quality start for the Wolfpack and improves to 3-0 after logging the victory on the mound, he allowed 2 unearned runs, walked five, gave up three hits, and struck out four through four innings of work.
Robertson turned it up a notch on the Twins during his three innings of relief to record his league leading second save. He held the Twins hitless over three innings, allowed no runs, walked none and struck out two. Also important to note, both Wolfpack pitchers and the catcher Pat Shippit brought an aggregate 113 years of experience into this ball game, another reason why the deck was stacked against the twins early.
Shippit, the unlikeliest of heroes, recorded the only multi-hit game for the Wolfpack going 2 for 4 at the dish with a double to pace the offense. It was a slow day for the Wolfpack in terms of base hits as they were walked 7 times and had a hard time getting any good pitches to hit. Christian Lapointe recorded 2 of the Pack's 5 RBIs with his clutch single in the fifth, that marks Lapointe's highest single game run production of his young career.
As we approach the midway point of the season, the Wolfpack have put themselves in an excellent position heading into the second half. They are hitting .307 as a team with a whopping .795 OPS and the pitching staff is getting it done as well, boasting a 2.64 ERA and just shy of a 2:1 K/BB ratio.
Up next for the Pack are the White Sox who are in a three-way tie for last place. The doubleheader kicks off Sunday, June 5th, first pitch is at 9:00 AM.
Wolfpack Edge Dukes in 13-12 Shootout For Game 2 Victory
The Calgary Wolfpack and the Calgary Dukes lit up the scoreboard on Sunday as they combined for 25 runs. In the end, the Wolfpack won the offensive battle 13-12 in seven innings.
The teams totaled 30 hits, including seven extra base hits in the game. The game had been back-and-forth heading into the final inning, with 13 lead changes over 7 innings of play.
The Pack pulled out the win thanks to a strong relief performance in the seventh inning by Sean Maguire (2-0). A sacrifice fly by Curtis Smith scored Derek Goett for the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Tony Onesty racked up a team leading four RBIs on three hits in a rare appearance for the Calgary Wolfpack. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the fifth and seventh innings.
Blake Carruthers, meanwhile, paced the offense and put the Wolfpack in a strong scoring position just about every time he stepped up to the plate. Carruthers put together his first career 4-hit game in the FMBA, and was able to cross the plate for 3 runs in the shootout victory. He continues to lead the team in extra-base hits, and seems to have found a comfortable home in the third slot of the lineup as he has put together a staggering .464 AVG through 31 plate appearances this season.
Maguire got the win on the hill for the Wolfpack. He pitched one shutout inning, struck out one, walked none and gave up one hit after coming into a 12-12 ball game. This marks Maguire's second victory on the season as he improves to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.33.
The weekend sweep of the Dukes propelled the Wolfpack even further into first place, as they are enjoying a 7-1 start through the first third of the regular season. Up next is a mid-week tilt with the last place Calgary Twins on June 1st, followed by a doubleheader with the Calgary White Sox on Sunday June 5th.
For up-to-date news, stats, and information, keep it locked on the official Calgary Wolfpack website!
Shaky Defense By Dukes Provides All the Wolfpack Needs To Take Game 1
Curtis Smith hopes every outing can go as well as Sunday's, as he threw a shutout to carry the Calgary Wolfpack to a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Dukes at FMBA Field for Game 1 of their doubleheader.
Smith kept the Dukes off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the mound while racking up 7 strikeouts and allowing only 2 hits.
The Wolfpack were led offensively in this contest by Fraser Armstrong. He went 2-4 and scored one of their three runs. He singled in the third and seventh innings.
Silva ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted all seven innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed three runs.
This was one of the Wolfpack's less productive offensive games, but timely hitting and some help from the Dukes' poor defense (they committed four errors) gave them all the runs they would need in this one.
Game 2 of this doubleheader will be starting up soon, stay tuned for up-to-date stats and game summaries following the end of the second game!
Wolfpack Out-Shoot Calgary Guns Tuesday Night
Axel Christoffersen collected three hits, sparking the Wolfpack offense on their way to an 11-6 victory over the Calgary Guns on Tuesday night. Christoffersen doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the first and sixth innings, putting him in position to score his team leading 3 runs for the game.
Fraser Armstrong recorded the win on the mound for the Pack. He allowed one run over 3 quality innings in his first start of the season. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered four hits.
The Calgary Wolfpack took the lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. After the Guns took an early 1-0 lead, the Wolfpack scored four runs on thanks to Blake Carruthers RBI double and a couple singles.
One run in the top of the fourth helped the Guns close its deficit to 4-2, but that is as close as they would ever get in this contest. It didn't take long for the Wolfpack to answer as they scored two runs of their own in the fourth, scoring on an RBI double by Armstrong and a sacrifice fly by Carruthers.
This game was put out of reach by Derek Goett when he fired a two-run blast over the wall in the 6th inning, it was his first of the year and he's now tied for the team lead in that department.
The win pushes the surging Wolfpack to 5-1 and gives them the division lead heading into the weekend.
Stay tuned as the Wolfpack will be taking on the Calgary Dukes doubleheader action scheduled for Sunday at 9AM and 12PM.
Wolfpack Take Snakes To Woodshed To Wrap Up Doubleheader
The Wolfpack trounced the Diamondbacks in Game 2 of their doubleheader on Sunday 13-3.
The Pack scored five runs in the third on three consecutive wild pitches followed by an error and an RBI single by Jordan Drefko.
The Wolfpack's run that put the game out of reach was sparked by Fraser Armstrong and Blake Carruthers, who teamed up for five hits and two RBI's, and 6 runs in this game.
Carruthers stroked 2 doubles in a stellar game at the plate collecting 5 total bases and pacing the offense with power to both sides of the field. He currently leads the team in extra-base hits.
Axel Christoffersen got the win in his first career start for the Wolfpack. He allowed only 1 earned run over five innings. Christoffersen struck out two, walked three and gave up seven hits in a solid outing against one of the tougher lineups in the league.
Hostetler was the game's losing pitcher.He allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings, walked six and struck out two.
The Wolfpack have a short break but are back in action on May 24th taking on the Calgary Guns at 6:30PM at the FMBA Field.
Calgary Diamondbacks Outdone By Alberto Trejo And The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack beat the Calgary Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday at FMBA Field behind the perfomance of Alberto Trejo, who went 3 for 3 at the plate. Trejo doubled in the first, singled in the fourth, and doubled again in the sixth inning.
The bottom of the first saw the Wolfpack take an early lead, going up 2-0. Carlos Charmell doubled to start things off before Smith doubled, to bring him home. The Calgary Wolfpack added their second run when Smith scored on an RBI double by Trejo.
The Wolfpack stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fourth, scoring the game winning run on a single by Austin Baran.
Curtis Smith racked up 12 strikeouts in his second complete game win. He allowed two earned runs, two hits and two walks over seven innings. Both runs came in the third inning on a 2-run homerun.
Gayef took the loss for the Calgary Diamondbacks. He went six innings, walked one, struck out four, and allowed three runs.
Thursday, May 12
Longhorns Fall 10-3 At The Hands Of The Calgary Wolfpack
The Calgary Wolfpack beat the Calgary Longhorns 10-3 on Wendesday night at FMBA Field.
The Wolfpack scored five runs in the third in a rally that indluded a two-run single by Alberto Trejo, an RBI single by Pat Shippit, and an RBI single by Carlos Charmell. The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, with four lead changes up to that point, but the Wolfpack never looked back after their big third inning.
Shaun Connor set the tone for the offense by reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances, three of which were walks. He led the team by crossing the plate four times and had one RBI on a mammoth solo home run in the sixth inning.
Sean "Mags" Maguire got the win on the bump for the Wolfpack. He allowed three runs over five innings of work and struck out five. He also walked five and gave up five hits. Maguire improves to 1-0 on the season.
Neil Robertson made his first pitching appeareance on the season and made an early bid for the everyday closer role as he recorded the first save of the young season with two innings pitched and no runs allowed. He struck out one and allowed one hit.
The Wolfpack added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to put this one completely out of reach. Connor started the inning with a solo blast which was followed up by Trejo's single, plating Blake Carruthers.
Jared Albo ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision for the Longhorns as he was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in three innings.
The Wolfpack hit the field again on Sunday night as they take on the Calgary Diamondbacks for the first time this season!
Smith's Big Day Not Enough, As Calgary Wolfpack Lose 9-2 To Calgary Giants
Despite a big day at the dish from Curtis Smith, who finished 2 for 3, the Calgary Wolfpack lost the second game of their doubleheader 9-2 to the Calgary Giants at FMBA Field on Saturday afternoon.
Christian Lapointe was charged with the loss in his first career appearance for the Wolfpack. He allowed six earned runs in three innings, walked two and struck out two.
Axel Christoffersen made his first career Wolfpack appearance in relief and shut down the Calgary Giants while he was on the hill. The Giants managed just two hits off of Christoffersen, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out one during his four innings of work.
The Calgary Giants didn't relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the first inning when they scored on an RBI double by Watts and a fielder's choice. They built upon their lead with three runs in the second. Owens started the inning with a single.
After pushing across just one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Calgary Wolfpack faced just an 8-1 deficit. A sacrifice fly by Alberto Trejo gave the Calgary Wolfpack life but eventually Bannister got Rory Cairns to strike out to end the threat.
One Wolfpack run crossed the plate in the bottom half of the sixth, making the score 8-2. An RBI single by Smith almost sparked a Wolfpack rally but Bannister got Cairns to strike out to end the inning.
Bannister recorded the win for the Calgary Giants. He allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out 14, walked two and surrendered five hits.
The Calgary Wolfpack Get 12 Strikeouts From Smith in 4-0 Win Over The Calgary Giants
A superb effort by Curtis Smith carried the Calgary Wolfpack to a 4-0 win in seven innings over the Calgary Giants on Saturday at FMBA Field.
Smith worked out of five difficult moments for the Wolfpack. He pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs on two hits. He faced his toughest moment in the sixth inning with the bases loaded after some untimely walks.
The Wolfpack never trailed after scoring two runs in the fourth on doubles by Carlos Charmell, Fraser Armstrong, and Shaun Connor.
Sullivan was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out 11, and allowed four runs.
The Wolfpack added two more runs in the top of the seventh. An error scored Jordon Drefko to start the scoring in the inning.