Saturday, June 13, 2009

Seals Bats Come Alive

Carlos Duncan provided exactly what the Seals have been missing this year: power in the middle of the lineup. Duncan hit a pair of homers and had 3 RBI on Friday night to lead Victoria to a 5-3 upset of the Calgary Vipers. Duncan hit third last night, but in this scribe's opinion he'd be of more use hitting cleanup with walk-machine Sergio Pedroza batting third.

The Seals pulled off a couple of key double plays in the game. The big one was in the 8th inning with Victoria leading 4-2 and runners on first and third and nobody out. A 6-4-3 double play allowed Mike Reeves to escape the inning with Isaac Hess' lead still intact. Jamar Hill added an insurance run with a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th. Javier Garcia continued his dominance on the mound, picking up his fifth save in five attempts with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Isaac Hess (now 3-0 on the season) was brilliant as usual. He silenced the red-hot Vipers' bats and only gave up three hits in seven innings. His ERA is down to a spectacular 1.97.

Seal Blubber Bits:
  • It was Las Vegas night at RAP and there were many Elvis sitings. Ya gotta love minor-league baseball promotions.
  • The mood in the dugout changed immensely after Duncan's second homer put the Seals up 4-2. There were a lot more smiles and laughs on the bench from that point on; this team had been squeezing the sticks a little tightly in recent games and the relief was evident. Players spent the remainder of the game on the top of the dugout steps.
  • The City of Victoria, which is responsible for the concessions, still doesn't sell peanuts at RAP. Oh, but you can buy Kashi Bars. While Kashi Bars might go well at a soccer game, the baseball experience just isn't the same without peanuts. Come on guys!
  • Eduardo Baeza is the likely starter for Victoria tonight. He's 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA.
  • Bret LeVier's struggles continued at the plate last night. An 0-3 dropped his average to .143.