VIPERS TAKE SECOND STRAIGHT TO REMAIN IN HUNT

Lots of offence early propelled the Calgary Vipers to an 8-5 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Wednesday night.  Calgary has now won 2 straight games and keep pace in the wildcard race with Gary who also won on Wednesday night in Sioux City. 

Calgary got on the board early, as they so often do, doing some good work with 2 outs.  An RBI single from Juan Thomas, who would have an outstanding game, brought Carlos Duncan in to score for the games first run.  After J.D. Foust walked, Jason Colson drove him home along with Foust with a 2 RBI double, upping his total this year to 57 good for third on the Vipers. 

Calgary continued the onslaught in the 2nd inning when Drew Miller scored on an error to make it 4-0.  With Sam Rosario and Neesan Zieour on base, Duncan came to the plate for the 2nd time and the score grew by 3 with one swing of the bat.  Duncan’s 18th homerun of the year went to right field and gave the Vipers a 7-0 lead.  The 3 run shot raised his team leading total to 72 on the year. 

Sioux Falls was able to score 3 times in their half of the 3rd as the offence quieted down a little bit from the visitors.  But Pedro Santana gave Calgary a little insurance as he lead off the 5th inning with a solo homerun to left field.  The bomb, giving Calgary an 8-3 lead, was his 4th of the season and also his 35th RBI.  Sioux Falls got runs in their half of the 5th and another in the 8th to get to the final.

Doug Johnson gets the win improving to 7-4 on the year for Calgary.  The right hander gave up 10 hits for 5 runs on the mound in 7 and two thirds innings of work.  Johnson also struck out 7 Canaries on Wednesday night.  Southpaw Tony Cogan gets the loss for Sioux Falls as he was on the hook for a whopping 16 hits and 8 runs.  He now drops to 4-6 this year.  Brad Rogers gets the save for Calgary, his first this season, as he faced 1 batter in the 8th and 4 more in the 9th

It was another great night for Calgary designated hitter Juan Thomas who finished 4-5.  His RBI single in the 1st was his 62nd of the year, which puts him 10 back of Carlos Duncan for the team lead.  Thomas was playing in his 3rd game as a member of the Vipers.

On Thursday, the Canaries and Vipers will play against each other for the final time this year.  In the 3rd game of the set, Calgary will start Kevin Lee on the mound while it yet to be announced who will start for Sioux Falls.