After three innings, Calgary lead 3-0
After four innings, Tucson lead 4-3
After five innings, Calgary was back on top 6-4
After seven innings, Calgary stretched the lead to 9-6
After eight innings, Tucson got within one run, with Calgary leading 9-8…
…and you can stop holding your breath, because thanks to a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth from Mac Suzuki thank concluded with back-to-back strikeouts, Calgary won game one of the GBL Finals 9-8. Yes, the Vipers scored 9 on 9/9/09.
Vipers’ starter Isaac “Hayes” Hess went 5.2 innings deep in out-dueling his counterpart, veteran left-handed pitcher Jason Jacome. Hess got credit for the win. Evan Greusel came on in relief again, getting a key out in the fifth (Lino Garcia, who seems to score whenever he gets on base), and Mac Suzuki closed out the last two innings in bend-but-don’t-break style.
With the wood, Rick “Big Hit” Gurano, “The Bat From The Hat” Drew Miller, and Wilver “Tony” Perez each had three hits. Guarno also drove in 3 and hit is fifth double in five playoff games. Guarno’s double came in the seventh inning with two on and two outs, and would drive in the eventual winning run. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about Rick Guarno – though you all know I’ve tried.
The Vipers will try to take a 2-0 series lead tonight in Tucson at 8:00 PM Calgary time. Joe “The Cobra Clutch” Sergent takes the mound for the Vipers. The Vipers are 2-0 in the playoffs during his starts.