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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Armada 5 Vipers 4

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for the Armada, they won again in walk off fashion in the ninth inning! A new hero brought in the winning run for the Fleet. We also saw an ejection of a Viper player and manager in the last inning arguing balls and strikes. Long Beach sweeps the Vipers 5-4 evening their overall and second half record.

Armada starter Andrew Layfield had another solid start for the Fleet going 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 10 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2. Justin Segal flew into the eighth giving up no runs on 2 hits. Nick Cavanagh (3-1) got his third win pitching a scoreless ninth giving up 1 hit and striking out 1. Vipers starter Joe Sergent pitched 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. He left early after a ball went off his groin region. PJ Bevis (1-4) got the loss going 1 2/3 innings giving up 2 unearned runs on 6 hits.

Calgary started off their scoring with a solo HR from RF Darryl Brinkley to center field. Brinkley finished 2 for 5. Calgary would add to their lead with two base hit RBI's from SS Nelson Castro and CF Colin Moro in the second putting Calgary up 3-0. The Vipers would add one more in the fourth thanks to Castro's RBI double. Castro finished 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored.

The Armada bats would answer back in the second with a RBI double from 1B Brett Flowers and RBI from 2B Michael Glomb to cut the Viper lead 3-2. LF Dan Trumble drove in a run in the fourth with Calgary still up 4-3. Trumble would later tie the game at 4 with his base hit in the eighth driving in C Octavio Martinez. Trumble finished 3 for 4 on the Dan Trumble baseball card giveaway at Blair Field.

All the excitement took place in the ninth. Game tied at 4, top 9, Calgary has Moro on first and one out. Brinkley up to bat with a full count and Cavanagh pitching. Moro runs for second, a breaking ball on the inside corner called strike three and Martinez promptly guns down Moro at second to end the inning. Brinkley arguing the strike call is thrown out of the game. Calgary manager Mike Busch comes out to argue in his players defense and is also thrown out of the game. Busch would continue to stay and make contact with the umpire that might warrant a suspension.

Bottom nine, runners on the corners, two outs and 3B Ryan Lehr (pictured left) steps up to the plate. On a 1-1 pitch from Bevis, Lehr lines one into right center scoring CF Steve Moss from third to give the Armada another walk off win, third in a row to sweep the Vipers. I have never at any level, heard of or seen three walk off victories in a row by one team. EVER! What a game.

Probable starters tomorrow for Edmonton TBA and for Long Beach Rik Currier (6-5). Game time is 7:05pm.

Photo by: Mark Mauno


joe caca said...

What a game, what a series, what a team!!!!!!!

As i blogged last month, I could not wait for Calgary to come back to Blair Field. Some of the most exciting baseball I've seen in quite awile. For the diehard baseball fans like I, it does not get any better than the last 3 nights. 3 walkoffs? Are you kidding me? Great stuff.
Like I blogged yesterday. The boys are playing great defence behind some good pitching, and being patient at the plate late in the game. The umpiring sucked again last night. First of all, what was with the warning to both benches in the 1st inning? Unless i missed something, there were no pitches thrown close to the batters on both sides to warrent a warning. I was sitting along the rail down the 1st base line and I could hear the Calgary mgr ask the umpire why the warning. The umpire said and I quote, "Because of all the hitting of batters in the prior 2 games in this series, I just want get this issue out of the way" What a crock of horse manure. If he just wanted to get that out in the open, he should have done that before the game. Some really bad calls last night. From my vantage point home plate umpire made 2 back to back bad calls on D Brinkly in the 9th inning making the strike out/throw out double play to end the inning.
The second to the last pitch was a strike and was called a ball. The last pitch was a high ball and he called it a strike. Knowing D Brinkly personaly, he will not argue a called strike unless he feels it was wrong. I must say that I he was correct in arguing that last pitch. Did you notice that Brinkly started heading away towards the dugout after the second to last pitch? Anyway, that's baseball and that is why they have 27 outs per 9 innings. Enough said on that.
See what the boys have in there bag of tricks against the Edmonton "pussy cats?

See you at the park.

Wes the Sports Guy said...

nice "horse manure" and "pussy cats" drop. yes the umpiring was horrible. apparently Martinez and Carlos Duncan of Calgary were talking some smack when Duncan was walked in the first inning and that's why the ump warned both benches. still no excuse though, but that was what we could figure out. didn't see Brinkley start to walk towards the dugout after the 2-2 pitch. wouldn't surprise me since that was a strike. best baseball i've seen in a while. and i frequently attend Angel games to. good to see them playing such great ball.