SNAKES SWEEP SIOUX FALLS
Vipers were able to move a game and a half back of the Northern
League’s wildcard spot as they took a 4-2 decision from the Sioux
Falls Canaries. Calgary, who was perfect against the Canaries in
the second half, moves a game above .500 with the win. A Gary
SouthShore RailCats loss in Sioux City has the wildcard race as
tight as ever with just 9 games remaining this season.
game, the Vipers weren’t able to crack the scoreboard until the 4th
inning, and they did it with just one swing of the bat. Juan
Thomas, who had singled in his previous at bat, smacked a solo
homerun to the short porch in right field to put Calgary up 1-0.
For Thomas, it was his second homerun in just 4 games as a member of
the Vipers and his 16th homerun of the season overall.
It was also his 294th career long ball putting him just 6
off of 300, which would put him in very exclusive company. Calgary
scored again an inning later as J.D. Foust drove home Pedro Santana
with a deep double to left. For Foust, it was his 43rd
RBI of the year, which puts him in 4th on the Vipers.
didn’t stay down for long as they were able to score an unearned run
in their half of the 5th helped by a trio of Calgary
fielding errors. Anthony Monegan ended up scoring in that inning to
put the home side down by just 1. 1 inning later, an RBI sac fly
from Alex Llanos drove home Marcus Nettles to tie the game at 2.
But the Vipers, needing a win to gain on the Railcats, got back on
top in the 8th inning when J.D. Foust scored on a long
RBI triple from Carlos Duncan. The 3 base hit, Duncan’s 7th
of the year, was his team leading 73rd RBI of the year
and put Calgary up by 1. Duncan would later score the games 6th
run on a wild pitch from Sioux Falls starter Matt Koziari.
Koziari takes the
loss for the Canaries and drops to 0-2 on the year. He hadn’t
appeared in a game since early June. The win goes to J.P. Fauske,
who near perfect in 3 innings on the mound for the Vipers. Fauske
let just one base runner on, thanks to Calgary’s 4th
error of the night, while striking out 3 in the process. The hard
throwing right hander now evens his season record at 3-3. Calgary
starter Kevin Lee pitched 2 hit ball for 6 innings and will stay at
1-7 on the year.
Juan Thomas had
yet another outstanding game for the Vipers finishing 3-3 with the
homerun and a double. He now has 63 RBI this year, good for second
on the Vipers and is now 51 away from a minor league record. J.D.
Foust was 2-3 with the double and single in the 1st
inning. The right fielder also scored the games winning run in the
continue their wildcard push on Friday, but they don’t have it
easy. The Vipers will travel to Fargo, North Dakota to take on the
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for a 3 game series. In the opener, Calgary
will start Evan Greusel (9-5) looking to become the teams second 10
game winner this year. Countering for the RedHawks is the
undefeated Brandon Culp (12-0) who beat Calgary in his last start.