RedHawks take down Vipers, 7-1

August 23, 2006 - Northern League (NL) - Calgary Vipers News Release

The Calgary Vipers three game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday night in Fargo-Moorhead as RedHawks' starter Brandon Goltz fanned seven Viper batters in seven innings to earn his eighth win of the year.

Calgary's pitching staff was impressive as well as a combination of four different pitchers allowed just five hits in the game while striking out six RedHawks hitters. The Vipers allowed four runs in the bottom of the eighth though, as the RedHawks blew open a tight 3-1 game to claim a 7-1 victory.

Scott Sarver (2-4) was saddled with the loss for Calgary although he pitched an effective six innings in the start, allowing just one earned run and three hits.

Control problems hurt Sarver in the bottom of the second as the RedHawks took an early 1-0 lead in the game. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Craig Ringe who lined out to center field, scoring Richard Austin from third with the first run of the game.

Ringe was involved in the scoring again in the bottom of the fifth inning when he reached base on an error by Nelson Castro before Joe Mathis put the RedHawks up by three with a two run blast off Sarver that cleared the right field wall.

The Vipers finally cut into the lead in the top of the eighth inning when they struck for a run to make it 3-1. Drew Miller started things off with a single to left field before Brandon Rogers walked to put runners on first and second and Jeff Butts delivered an RBI single that scored Miller to put Calgary on the board.

Calgary continued to threaten in the top of the eighth. After a pair of strikeouts by Darryl Brinkley and Nelson Castro, Aaron McEachran drew a walk to load the bases with two outs.

Sharnol Adriana then had a chance to narrow the gap even more but RedHawks reliever Brian Hewitt got him to pop out to first base to end the threat.

Fargo-Moorhead then put four runs up in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach. Mathis scored to make it 4-1 when Geoff Freeborn hit Richard Austin with the bases loaded and Allen Mottram followed with a three-run triple to center that got past Butts in the outfield.

Brandon Culp picked up one strikeout in the top of the ninth as he kept the Vipers from developing a comeback.

Calgary (16-19) will look to put the loss behind them and get back in the win column on Wednesday night when they face the RedHawks (25-11) for Game Two of their three-game series. Tom Lyons (0-6) is expected to get the start for the Vipers against Fargo's Todd George (8-3).

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