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
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.