Monday, July 6, 2009

Seals Thumped 17-9; Baeza Lit Up Again

Victoria was hammered 17-9 on Sunday by the Edmonton Capitals at Royal Athletic Park. Both shoddy pitching and erratic defense were the culprit, as the Seals made three errors that resulted in six unearned runs. The Victoria starter, Eduardo Baeza, was lit up in a major way in his third consecutive outing. Over his last three starts, Baeza has given up 23 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings. His record is now 1-7 with a 9.20 ERA. You have to wonder how much longer manager Darrell Evans will keep trotting Baeza out there.

Both Wilver Perez and Brian Rios had 4 RBIs in the game. Perez hit a pair of homers and Rios also clubbed a round-tripper. Matt Kavanaugh had a rough go of it behind the plate as the Capitals ran on him at will and stole a whopping 8 bases in 8 attempts. Kavanaugh also had a passed ball that led to an unearned run in the second inning.

Carlos Duncan struggled once again at third base as he committed a pair of errors. Brian Rios, whose groin injury must not be fully healed, was the DH on Sunday. Hopefully Rios will be healthy enough to play third base in the near future.

After a tough Sunday at the ballyard, the Seals can take solace in the fact that they will be tied for first place on Tuesday morning. The first half of the season ends on Monday, so all teams will have their records reset at 0-0. After closing out the first half on Monday against the Capitals, the Seals will open the second half with a three-game set against the Yuma Scorpions at RAP.