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“The Streak” Game 17 – July 12, 1987

Salt Lake 4, Medicine Hat 3 (10)

Mike Malinak has delivered several key hits during the Trappers winning streak, but none loomed larger than his RBI single to left center in the bottom of the 10th inning at Derks Field Sunday afternoon.

The Trappers had chances to break a 3-3 tie in both the eighth and ninth innings.  They had first and third with no out in the eighth, but failed to score.  In the ninth, Salt Lake had runners at the corners again with one out and missed an opportunity when Dave Ward, attempting a squeeze bunt, popped into a double play.

The Trappers were lucky in the tenth. Medicine Hat left fielder Willy Fillard ripped what seemed to be a double down the left field line.  The Trappers appealed that Fillard failed to touch first base.  Umpire Ron Roehm agreed and called Fillard out.

Anthony Blackmon opened the bottom of the tenth by swinging and missing the third strike.  The ball was in the dirt and skipped by the Medicine Hat catcher allowing Blackmon to reach first on the wild pitch.  Neil Reynolds sacrificed Blackmon to second, and Blackmon advanced to third on another wild pitch.  Jon Leake was walked intentionally before Malinak ripped a high pitch into the gap scoring Blackmon from third.

The Trappers received another strong pitching effort from starter Mike Humphrey.  He pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.  He struck out 10.

Box score

Source: Salt Lake Tribune July 13, 1987

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