Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wilver swipes 52 and 53 as Seals club Roadrunners

In a game more like what we expected to see before the series began, the Seals were able to string enough hits together at key times to post 10 runs against the upstart St. George Roadrunners. Helped by some suspect defense on the part of Roadrunner shortstop Jason Cramer, the Seals scored a hit-trick of 3-run innings to erase an early 4-0 deficit and tie the series at one game apiece.

The biggest event of the game however occurred in the sixth inning when the crowd was brought to their feet by Wilver Perez stealing his 52nd base of the season, setting a new GBL record. Wilver acknowledged the crowd with a Sammy Sosa-like slap of the chest while Seals staff removed the base from the field to commemorate the achievement. Terrance McClain then promptly produced a clutch two-out double to drive him home, giving the Seals a two run lead. Perez also stole a base in the bottom of the eighth inning as well, giving him 53 on the year.

Seals starter Jeff Duda had a terrible start, giving up all five St. George runs in the first 2.1 innings before being pulled. From there Victoria got stellar relief pitching from Bodishbaugh, Bevis, Koons, and Villafuerte. Bodi was especially impressive, striking out 4 in 2.1 innings to register the win.

This was a much needed win for the Seals, keeping pace with Calgary who beat Tucson 3-2. The Seals remain five games back of the Vipers, who haven't lost a game in over a week.

Injuries are taking a toll on the Seals this week:

  • Josh Arhart missed his fourth consecutive game and word in the clubhouse is that he's out until at least until Monday.
  • Brian Rios left the game after being thrown out at first base in the third inning.
  • Newcomer Henry Calderon came up lame scoring from first on a T-Mac double in the fifth. Calderon remained in the game, but was noticeably tender running to first in his next at-bat.