SNAKES STILL ALIVE!

Calgary’s push to the playoffs continued on Friday night as they got a little help from the Sioux City Explorers to move a game and a half back of the final wildcard spot in the Northern League.  Calgary needed to win their game before everything else, and they did just that, spanking the Kansas City T-Bones by a score of 9-2.  While the Gary SouthShore RailCats were able to clinch their playoff spot, taking a 4-2 win from Joliet, the Lincoln Saltdogs lost their eighth straight game against Sioux City to keep the Vipers alive.

At Foothills on Friday, the Vipers kept with their trend of scoring first and scoring early going, as Drew Miller drove home Juan Thomas in the 2nd to put the home side up 1-0.  For Miller, it was his 33rd RBI this season bring Thomas home after he lead off the inning with a double.  An inning later, a trio of Kansas City defensive errors allowed Sam Rosario to score after he had originally laid down a bunt single.  With Calgary leading 2-0 in the 4th, RBI singles from Neesan Zieour and Pedro Santana each gave Calgary a 4 run lead. 

The T-Bones were able to cut the lead in half in their half of the 6th, but Calgary got right back on the offensive in the bottom half.  An RBI sac fly from Sam Rosario, his 29th RBI of the year, got things going before Carlos Duncan brought home his team leading 78th RBI of the year to put Calgary up 5-2.  With Duncan on third, after he had advanced on an error and stolen his league leading and league record 57th stolen base, Thomas would come to the plate.  The big DH smacked another homerun with the Vipers, his 4th in 11 games, to bust the game wide open.  For the Large Human, it would put him just 4 homeruns from a minor league milestone of 300 and would also put him within 45 of setting a minor league record in the RBI category.  Another RBI from Zieour, this time a double good for his 22nd of the year, gave Calgary a 9-2 lead in the 7th.

The win goes to Vipers starter Dan Reichert who went 7 full innings on the mound scattering 9 hits while giving up just 2 runs.  His record improves to 3-2 in his 6th start with the Calgary Vipers.  David Viane gets saddled with the loss for Kansas City after giving up 8 runs on 11 hits in his 5 and two thirds on the mound.  The right hander now sees his season record drop to 8-7.

Calgary will play another must win game on Saturday night when they take on Kansas City for the second of a 3 game set (7:05 pm, Foothills Stadium).  The Vipers will start right hander Doug Johnson while the T-Bones counter with Jonathan Krysa. Calgary is needing to win their final 2 games of the year while at the same time, they need Lincoln to lose their remaining 2 games against Sioux City.