Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Armada 7 Vipers 6
A back and forth game until heroics in the ninth put a stop to the Armada's five game losing streak. Long Beach took a bite out of the Vipers for a close 7-6 victory at Blair Field.
The Fleet struck first with a base hit RBI by 2B Michael Glomb in the third scoring C Octavio Martinez on a close play at the plate. Calgary would answer in the fourth to tie 1-1 with LF Jorge Tang's base hit scoring 2B Jorge Mejia. Long Beach struck back with two in the bottom of the fourth thanks to base hit RBI by 1B Brett Flowers (pictured left) and LF Dan Trumble. This still went back and forth going into the fifth.
Calgary C Patrick Arlis scored on a ground out in the fifth. Long Beach would answer with a RBI double from DH Norm Hutchins. Armada up 4-2 end of five. Calgary tied the game at 4 with a two run HR from SS Nelson Castro in the sixth. Long Beach replied with a two RBI double from Glomb in the bottom of the sixth. Top seven Long Beach up 6-4, Vipers RF Darryl Brinkley drove in a run and Tang drove in the tying run in the eighth.
Bottom nine, game tied at 6. CF Steve Moss reached on a one out base hit to left. In a great at bat 3B Ryan Lehr reached first on a two out walk continuing his on base streak to 20 games. Flowers followed with two on and two outs with a 1-1 count pitch dropped into right field allowing Moss to come around to score the winning run from second.
Moss finished 2 for 4 with three runs scored, Flowers 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored, Martinez 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Trumble 2 for 2 with a RBI and a run scored, Glomb 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. Starter Dusty Gober pitched a no decision going 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4. Garrett Murdy pitched 1 inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Nick Cavanagh (2-1) got the win going 2 innings giving up 1 unearned run on 1 hit and striking out 2.
Vipers starter Dane Renkert pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. PJ Bevis (1-3) got the loss pitching 1 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. Tang finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, Castro 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored, Brinkley 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored, Arlis 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored.
Probable starters tomorrow for Calgary Nathan Melek (5-4) and for Long Beach Nick Bierbrodt (3-5). Game time is 7:05pm.
Photo by: Mark Mauno