Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Javier Garcia is Human

With Mike Reeves struggling and the potential go-ahead run on third with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday, Darrell Evans brought closer Javier Garcia into the game in a non-save situation. Garcia struck out Nelson Castro to end the inning, but all did not go well in the bottom of the ninth.

Garcia walked the leadoff hitter, Jorge Mejia, and then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the fleet-footed Viper to advance to third. With nobody out, Evans had no choice but to move the infield in. Unfortunately, cleanup hitter Mark Okano singled to give Calgary a 4-3 walk-off victory. Garcia's record dropped to 0-1. He is still a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities and is tied for the league lead in saves with Ben Shockey of the Chico Outlaws.

After Victoria fell behind 3-0, Carlos Duncan hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning, his third homer in the last five games. Brett Flowers tied it later in the inning with a sacrifice fly. Trevor Davidson also chipped in with his first two hits in professional baseball and played center field for the second consecutive game.