This series was to provide Victoria fans with their first chance to come out and see ex-manager Darrel Evans since he was relieved of his duties as manager of the Seals. However, the league terminated the contracts of Evans and his coaching staff on August 3rd after taking control of the team. Also let go was assistant coach Dan DiPace and pitching coach Travis Wade.
Fans will still have a chance to see Wilver Perez set the GBL record for stolen bases in a season. He tied the record on Sunday with his 51st steal and he is very likely to break the record against the Roadrunners on Wednesday night.
Victoria 12-11 (2nd place), 34-34 .500 (overall), .280 team BA (8th), 4.88 team ERA (6th)
The Roadrunners also sent pitcher Raymar Diaz (3.49 ERA) and outfielder Victor Butler (.353 average) to a Northern League team. Starting pitcher Reed Dickert (6th in the GBL in strikeouts) was sent to the Chico Outlaws, while relievers Monte Mansfield (3.21 ERA) and Robert Naegele (3.31 ERA) were moved to the Calgary Vipers.
Third baseman Henry Calderon (.308) and catcher Scott Clement (.301) are the only two remaining batters with averages over the .300 mark (unless they too were sold off and we just haven't heard). Reliever Jose Obispo is the sole pitcher left on the staff with a decent ERA (3.38). Expect to see a number of freshly-recruited players wearing the St. George jersey. Heck, we might even see Chris Van Rossum or Phil Ortez in a Roadrunners uniform.
Victoria – Who’s Hot / Who’s Not
The Seals have only scored 13 runs in their last five games, but Terrence McClain and Colin Moro have been more than pulling their own weight offensively. T-Mac has hits in 18 of his last 21 games and has a .378 average with 7 homers and 23 RBIs in that span. C-Mo is currently on a five-game hitting streak and he's hitting .348 over the last week. Aaron Easton hasn't allowed an earned run in his last seven games, but the hottest pitcher right now is probably Jeff Duda. Duda has a 2.64 ERA in his last 13 appearances (30 2/3 innings pitched). Jino Gonzalez has also been very good of late, but he is unlikely to take to the mound in the series.
Two of the Seals starters have really fallen on hard times of late. Andrew Arreola has a 10.13 ERA in his last four starts, while Anthony Pluta has a 7.58 ERA in his last five games. Mike Koons has struggled mightily since his acquisition from Orange County and he has been tagged for a 15.45 ERA in three relief appearances. On the hitting side, Jerry Madueno is hitting a paltry .160 in his first seven games with the Seals and Matt Edgecombe is only hitting .217 in his last ten games.