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.