Thursday, May 13, 2010

Seals lose 10-5 to Vipers in exhibition game

The Victoria Seals dropped a 10-5 decision to the Calgary Vipers in Kamloops on Wednesday night.  Shane Cronin hit a solo homer for the Seals, while Matt Kavanaugh hit a three-run shot. 

Zach Cline, Eduardo Baeza, Javier Garcia, Andrew Arreola and Brandon Villafuerte all pitched for Victoria. The final three pitchers of the evening (Garcia, Arreola and Villafuerte) all breezed through their inning of work. It's pretty clear that the strength of the Seals is their bullpen, so I wouldn't be too surprised to see some late-inning comeback victories at Royal Athletic Park this season.

The second and final exhibition game between these two teams goes at 7 PM tonight.  You can listen to the game at

Seal Blubber Bits
  • Victorian Charlie Strandlund had a sub-par game on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, he appears to be a bit of a longshot to make the team.
  • Eric Pringle started at shortstop and he had a pretty good game. He got on base in the first inning, but was thrown out at third while aggressively running the bases. He also started a 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the third inning.
  • The crowd at Norbrock Stadium in Kamloops was reported to be "near capacity". Good news for the city of Kamloops -- they just might receive a GBL expansion team in 2011 if suitable owners can be found.