VIPERS SLIP IN WILDCARD RACE

A three game winning streak was snapped for the Calgary Vipers on Friday night as they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, in the process also falling 2 and a half games back of the Northern League’s wildcard spot. 

The Vipers got off to a good start against Brandon Culp, the league’s best pitcher, as Carlos Duncan hit a 2 run bomb in the top of the 1st inning to put Calgary in the lead.  For Duncan, it was his team leading 19th homerun of the year to go along with his 75th RBI, also tops on the Vipers.  Duncan is now 1 round trip away from being the Northern League’s first 20-20 player this year, with those totals in both homeruns and stolen bases. 

In the 8th, Duncan swiped second for his league leading 51st of the year and is now just 4 off of a league record.  With the score, the RedHawks got on the board in the 3rd while Calgary was dealt a bad card.  The RedHawks would score on an RBI single from Bryon Jeffcoat to cut the lead in half while Evan Greusel twisted his ankle on the same play.  The Vipers ace left the game for X-rays which were negative, but it is unknown whether he will be able to pitch again this year. 

With Jeff Brewer in to pitch, Fargo-Moorhead would take the lead in the 5th started by a 2 run homerun from Brent Krause.  With the score 3-2, the RedHawks scored an other run, this one unearned, in the 5th to take a 5-2 lead heading to the 6th.  Fargo-Moorhead scored once more in that inning thanks to Clyde Williams, who hit his team leading 23rd bomb of the year for the games eighth run.

Brewer is hit with the loss as he gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, in his 4 and a third on the mound.  His record now drops to 4-5 on the year.  Brandon Culp continues his banner year as he sets a RedHawks record with his 13th win of the year.  His record right now sits perfect at 13-0.

On Saturday night, the Vipers will continue their press for the wildcard spot as they play game 2 of a 3 game set with Fargo-Moorhead.  In the middle frame, the Vipers will send Quintin Oldenburg (10-4) to the mound while the RedHawks counter with lefty Joe Sergent (12-2).