SNAKES TRIUMPH IN 15 INNING MARATHON

In the longest game in team history, the Calgary Vipers prevailed 2-1 over the Sioux Falls Canaries in 15 innings Tuesday night to move 2 and a half games back of the Northern League’s wildcard spot.  The games was scoreless for 14 of the 15 innings with Calgary finally breaking things open in the top half of the 15th

In a game dominated by pitching, the scoreboard finally got some action when Carlos Duncan drove Pedro Santana home from 2nd base in the 15th inning good for his team leading 69th RBI of the year. 

A stolen base and a wild pitch later, Juan Thomas brought Duncan home with a sac fly to put the home side up 2-0 before the Canaries would make things interesting in their half of the inning before finally bowing out.  Not only did Duncan increases his team leading RBI total, he also moved 7 stolen bases from tying the league record of 55 when he swiped 2nd in the final inning.  He now has a league leading 48 on the year.

Pitching really was the story on Tuesday night as both teams got solid performances from the starters and the bullpen.  Calgary starter Dan Reichert was outstanding in 8 innings of work giving up just 5 hits while Sean Donlin was no slouch himself going 6 and a third giving up just 3 hits while striking out 6 in his first start of the year.  Calgary’s pen was downright dominant starting with Ben King who worked 2 perfect innings in the 9th and 10th.  Cody Cillo was solid in his 3 innings digging down on a few occasions when the Canaries were threatening.  The win goes to J.P. Fauske who gave up an unearned run in his 2 innings of work to improve his season record to 2-3.  For Sioux Falls, reliever Julio Medina gave up the 2 Vipers runs in the 15th dropping his record to 5-9 this season.

Calgary and Sioux Falls get right back at it on Wednesday night (6:05 pm MST, The Birdcage) when the Vipers will start Doug Johnson on the mound.  Countering for the Canaries is left hander Tony Cogan.