VIPERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT

While the Calgary Vipers won’t be going to the Northern League’s postseason dance, they did manage to win their 5th straight game at home on Saturday night taking a 2-0 thriller over the Kansas City T-Bones.  Calgary was eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the day when the Lincoln Saltdogs trounced all over the Sioux City Explorers, taking a 10-0 decision. The Vipers win is their 50th of the season and guarantees that they will stay above the .500 mark in both halves of the season.

This was a pitching duel from the very beginning with both starters imposing their will on batters.  It wasn’t until the 8th inning when the Vipers finally got on the board off of Kansas City starter Jonathan Krysa.  After Drew Miller lead off the inning with a double, Neesan Zieour would advance him to third with a single of his own. 

The next batter, Pedro Santana, laid down a bunt and worked a successful suicide squeeze to score the games first run.  On the same play, the ball got by T-Bones first baseman Ray Brown to bring Zieour all the way in from 1st base.  That’s all the offence Calgary would need as they would shut things down in the top half of the 9th.

Calgary starter Doug Johnson gets the win after an outstanding outing.  The right hander went 8 innings on the mound giving up just 2 hits while striking out 7 T-Bones sluggers.  His season record will finish at 8-4, very respectable in his first Northern League season.  Jonathan Krysa was striking out Vipers batters left and right, but he gets tagged with loss dropping to 5-12 on the year.  The right hander did record 13 strikeouts, setting a Kansas City record with 129 on the season in the process.

Calgary has one more game this year and it happens on Sunday when they look for their 6th straight win (1:35 pm, Foothills Stadium).  They don’t have it easy as Greg Bicknell (16-5) starts on the mound for Kansas City.  Bicknell set a record this year with 16 wins in a season.  The Vipers will counter with Kevin Lee (2-7) in the season finale.