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.
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