Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Silver Lining in a 6-13 Record

The Seals dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Orange County Flyers last night to fall to 6-13 on the season.

They lost the first game 3-1 and registered only one hit against Flyers starter Brian Lawrence. Lawrence played in the big leagues as recently as 2007 and was a 15-game winner in 2004 for the San Diego Padres.

Victoria only picked up four hits in the nightcap, losing 2-1. The Seals had the tieing run at third base with two outs in the eighth inning, but Carlos Duncan flied out to right field to end the inning. The loss wasted a dominant pitching performance by Austin "Powers" Bibens-Dirkx, who gave up two earned runs and four hits in six innings of work. He also walked one and struck out a franchise-record ten batters.

The Seals return home Friday night to face the powerful Calgary Vipers in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Although things look bleak right now, there are a couple of reasons for optimism. First, the Golden Baseball League plays with a split schedule, so all teams will have a 0-0 record in a few weeks. Second, Isaac Hess will likely be on the mound on Friday night at Royal Athletic Park. If you haven't seen Hess pitch before, come on out to the ballpark, because fans are always in for a treat when he's on the hill. The sun will be shining, the beer will be cold and peanuts might even be for sale. Besides, we all know the Red Wings will win game 7, so don't waste your time with the last game of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pay a visit to the 'ol ballyard instead.