Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hess Outpitches Lima in NDCS Game 2

Forget "Lima Time" -- it was "Zack Time". For the second consecutive night, an Ex-Seal led the Calgary Vipers past the Edmonton Capitals in a North Division Championship Series game. The Vipers now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series after defeating the Capitals 7-3 on Wednesday night in Edmonton. Isaac Hess rebounded from a string of poor starts and only allowed five hits and one earned run in six innings pitched to pickup the win for the Vipers. He walked three and struck out seven Capitals.

Ex-major-leaguer Jose Lima did not fare as well as Hess. Lima gave up 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. It was also the second consecutive night in which the hard-hitting Vipers defeated an ex-big-league starter for the Capitals (World Series Champion Lou Pote took the loss in game 1).

Sergio Pedroza went 1-for-4 on the night and knocked in a run, giving him a total of 6 RBIs in this short series. Wilver Perez went 1-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base.

The series now shifts to Calgary for game three on Friday night. If necessary, games four (Saturday) and game five (Sunday) will also be played in the Snake Pit. It's highly unlikely that the Capitals will be able to sweep the powerful Vipers in Calgary. Last season, the Vipers swept the Capitals three straight in the NDCS.