DUNCAN STEALS SPOT IN RECORD BOOK
The Vipers got
the best of both worlds Thursday night against the Winnipeg
Goldeyes as they took a 4-2 decision
from the Winnipeg Goldeyes. At the same
time, Carlos Duncan set a Northern League record with his 56th
stolen base which breaks the previous record of 55 set in 1997.
The game was
halted for a few minutes as Duncan was recognized by the fans and
his teammates and was presented the base he swiped. Duncan went
from second to third in the 7th inning and also scored a
run on a throwing error on the same play, giving the Vipers a little
insurance at the time. Carlos also has a large lead, leading
Winnipeg’s Ralph Santana by 16 in the 2005 stolen base category.
Calgary got on
the board early as usual, and it was the biggest bat doing the
damage. With Pedro Santana and Duncan on base, Juan Thomas would
double home a pair of runs to put the Vipers up 2-0. Thomas would
also triple in the game an finish 2-4
while increasing his RBI total to 73 this year. The
Goldeyes would cut the lead in half in
the top half of the 2nd as Al
Corbiel would drive home his 23rd RBI of the
year. An RBI sacrifice fly from Santana in the 4th would
score Adam Shorsher and put the home
side up 3-1 before Duncan got in the record books in the 7th.
He initially doubled in that inning before swiping 3rd
and scoring to make it 4-1. A Winnipeg run in the 8th
was driven home Harry Berrios, who
increased his team leading total to 71 this year.
The win goes to
Quintin Oldenburg who becomes the first
11 game winner on the Vipers staff this
year. He went 6 and a third on the mound giving up just 1 run while
scattering 3 Winnipeg hits to improve his record to 11-5 this year.
Roger Luque gets the loss for Winnipeg
going 6 innings on the mound giving up 3 runs on 7 hits for the
Goldeyes. His record now drops to 6-8
this season. J.P. Fauske gets the save
for Calgary, his team leading 9th this year as he set
down 4 batters in 5 tries including a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th.
Calgary is still
in playoff contention, albeit if their hopes are slim. With 3 games
remaining in the Northern League season, there are currently 2
wildcard spots held down by Lincoln and Gary who have identical
51-42 records. The Vipers, with an overall record of 48-44, are 2
and a half games out and are needing to
win their remaining 3 games to get in. At the same time, either
Lincoln or the Raildats must lose their
remaining 3 games. Gary will finish their season against the Joliet
JackHammers while the
Saltdogs round out the year against
Sioux City. The Vipers finish off against Kansas City when they
take on the T-Bones starting on Friday night (7:05 pm, Foothills
Stadium). Calgary starts Dan Reichert (2-2, 6.04 ERA) on the mound
while Kansas City will counter with David Viane.