Thursday, August 20, 2009

Seals Poised for Sweep of Orange County

The Victoria Seals won their second consecutive game against the Orange County Flyers on Wednesday night, with a walk-off 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth. The win is the team's second consecutive victory against the Flyers after they thumped OC by an 8-0 score on Tuesday night. The Seals will attempt to sweep the series on Thursday at RAP, which would be sweet considering the Flyers have three ex-major-leaguers in their starting lineup (Robert Fick, Damian Jackson and Scott Spiezio). Victoria then wraps up the season on the weekend with a three-game set against Sergio Pedroza, Isaac Hess and the rest of the Calgary Vipers.

Seal Blubber Bits
  • The Seals are neck-and-neck with the Chico Outlaws for second in league attendance. Going into Wednesday's action, Victoria was averaging 2,243 fans per game as compared to Chico's 2,203.
  • Isaac Hess took a no-decision in his debut with the Calgary Vipers on Wednesday night. He gave up 6 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched as his struggles continue since being signed and unsigned by the Boston Red Sox at the All Star break. There is a chance that Hess could pitch on Sunday at RAP against the Seals.
  • Sergio Pedroza has gone 3-for-6 with 3 RBIs in his first two games with the Vipers. There will be no joy in watching him pound the Seals pitching staff on the weekend.
  • Ex-Seal Austin Bibens-Dirkx continues to roll for the Peoria Chiefs. On Monday night he raised his record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.93 since he was signed by the Cubs. Bibens-Dirkx gave up no earned runs and only 3 hits in his 6 innings of work. The Midwest League is now hitting a paltry .212 against him. When he was with the Seals, the GBL hit .260 against him. Peoria has a 3 1/2 game lead in the second-half standings so Bibens-Dirkx will likely see some action in the playoffs.
  • Josh Arhart now has the highest batting average on the Seals, with a .329 mark. Arhart batted .325 for Orange County last season.