CALGARY LOSES HEARTBREAKER TO HAWKS

The Calgary Vipers fell to a game and a half back of the wildcard Friday night as they saw the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks come from behind to take a 7-6 win.  The Gary-SouthShore RailCats were able to pick up a 6-3 win in Kansas City to get a little breathing room as they currently hold the Northern League’s wildcard. 

It was Calgary who got on the board first, with a pair of RBI singles from Adam Shorsher and J.D. Foust good for their 40th and 41st of the year, respectively.  Foust’s base hit scored Carlos Duncan easily from third but a close play at the plate went against the Vipers as Adam Shorsher was called out as the trailing runner.  Shorsher, who looked to beat out the throw, was not happy about the call and was subsequently ejected from the contest.  

Calgary starter Doug Johnson breezed through the RedHawks lineup until they finally got to him in the 6th as Brian Ward and Joe Mathis each crossed to tie the affair at 2.  The tie game didn’t last for long however, as Calgary got back on top in their half of the 6th.  A 2 RBI triple from Pedro Santana scored 2 Vipers runs while a Sam Rosario cashed in 1 more to put the Vipers up 5-2.  Calgary and Fargo-Moorhead exchanged runs in the 7th including a Jason Colson RBI double, his 54th of the year. 

With the score 6-3, the RedHawks made their statement in the 8th getting four runs off of relievers Matt Miller and Cody Cillo.  A 2 RBI double from Brent Krause, his 34th and 35th of the season, tied the game while another RBI double, this time from Brian Ward, put Fargo-Moorhead up for 2.  Doug Young and Brian Adams made sure no more Calgary runs scored as the RedHawks improved to an unbelievable 27-5 in the second half of the season.

The loss in the game goes to Cillo out of the pen for Calgary as he sees his record drop to 3-2.  In just a third of an inning, the right hander was on the hook for a pair of earned runs on 2 hits while he walked a batter.  Vipers starter Doug Johnson gets the no decision, as he went 6 and two thirds giving up just 3 hits for 3 runs.  The win is given to reliever Mike Peschel who now is 5-5.  A one batter appearance for Brian Adams gives him his 7th save this season.

Calgary and Fargo-Moorhead get right back at it on Saturday night (7:05 pm, Foothills Stadium) when the Vipers will start Kevin Lee (1-6, 6.43 ERA) on the mound.  Countering for the RedHawks is Taft Cable (8-1, 2.29 ERA).