The Seals managed only 8 hits for the second game in a row off Toros starter and 11-year MLB veteran Albie Lopez, who registered his second win. Seals starter Jino Gonzalez took the loss for Victoria, surrendering all 5 earned runs over 5.2 innings. A bright spot on the night was the Seals bullpen who worked 2.1 shutout innings giving up only a single hit.
VSBB player of the month Terry McClain continued his torrid hitting pace, going 3 for 4 with 1 steal. Sean Smith also swiped a bag for the Seals, raising their league-high steals count to 28.
The Seals hope to avoid the sweep Thursday in the final of this three game set. Being a US ballpark, it's Thirsty Thursday at Hi Corbett field, with $1 beers, soft drinks, and hot dogs for the first 2 hours after the first pitch. Dare to dream Victoria, dare to dream...
Toros Bull Bits
- A bit more on Albie Lopez... He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft and anchored the Rays staff for several years. After being Tampa's opening day starter in 2001, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he won a World Series that same year. His 11 year career saw him also pitch for Cleveland, Atlanta, and Kansas City.
- The Toros play at Hi Corbett field in Central Tucson. Hi Corbett, named after a Tuscon baseball pioneer has been around since 1927, making in one of the oldest minor league ballparks still standing. The Toros share the field with the Colorado Rockies, who have used the field each year for spring training since they were formed in 1993. Prior to that, the field was the spring home of the Cleveland Indians, who started using it in 1945.
- Gus is all excited about having the Toros visit Victoria in August. The Toros are managed by Tim Johnson, whom many of you may remember as coach of the Toronto Blue Jays in the late 90s. Tim also coached the Boston Red Sox in '95-'96, and prior to that, none other than the Montreal Expos in '93-'94.