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Caps Capture NAL’s North Division Pennant

The Caps celebrate Sunday's double-header sweep over the Calgary Vipers that clinched them the North Division pennant.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals win the pennant. The Caps needed a strong finish to close out the North American League’s inaugural regular season and ended up winning four of their last five games against their nemesis, the Calgary Vipers, including a sweep in Sunday’ season-ending double-header to clinch first place. Fan Appreciation Day presented by Canadian Tire turned out to be a perfect afternoon for the Caps and their fans with 6-4 and 8-5 pennant-clinching wins.

Edmonton’s 2011 record will go into the books at 56-32, giving them three more wins than Calgary and most importantly the highest winning percentage in the North at .636%. The 88th and deciding game came down to a tie game through six innings and a thrilling finish in front of another great crowd. Close to 15,000 fans attended the final series of the regular season as playoff excitement builds in Edmonton.

The Caps jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in game two with all five of those runs coming in the second inning. Brent Metheny started things off with a lead-off home run. Rex Rundgren cashed in J.D. Closser with an RBI single. Starting pitcher Rory Shortell helped his own cause with a base hit in the rally and scored later on a wild pitch. Matt Rogelstad’s double then cashed in a pair of runs to give Edmonton a comfortable lead.

Calgary chipped away, eventually tying the game at five in the top of the fifth, setting up the dramatic finish. The Caps closed the deal with a series of clutch hits and controversial plays. Rundgren led off the inning with a double, allowing Orv Franchuk to place North Division Championship Series Game 1 starter Lou Pote into the game in a pinch-hitting situation. Pote squared off to bunt, only to be struck by Vipers reliever Matt Hammonds. Later, the Caps hurler was thrown out sliding into home plate on yet another controversial call, only adding more fuel to the fire as the Battle of Alberta heats up just in time for the post-season. Caps catcher J.D. Closser delivered the final blow with a bases-loaded RBI single, scoring a pair of runs to gave Edmonton an 8-5 lead they would not relinquish.

The first half of the double-header was a tight affair with the teams matching each other in the early stages. Todd Linden was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Caps, including a critical RBI double that put the home team ahead 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Vipers committed two key errors in the sixth, which resulted in two unearned runs for Edmonton. Caps starter Daryl Arreola earned his sixth win of the season with his six innings of work, and Canadian reliever Tom Boleska earned his team-leading 10th save of the season.

The upcoming North Division Championship series between the Caps and Vipers is now set. With the pennant win, Edmonton earns the right to host Game 7 if the series goes the distance. The first two games of the series will be hosted in Edmonton Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Game 1 will be another $2 Tuesday presented by CISN FM with a wide variety of concession items available for just $2. That will be followed by by another Wiener Wednesday presented by K97 in Game 3, with Capital dogs available for just $2.

Playoff tickets start at just $10 in advance and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps Lose Marathon Game 16-12 In Extra Innings

The battle of Alberta is escalating quickly with the Caps and Vipers closing out the regular season against each other and also preparing for their upcoming playoff series.

Edmonton, AB – It was a tough loss for the Edmonton Capitals on Saturday night at TELUS Field in the third last game of the North American League regular season against the Calgary Vipers, as they lost 16-12 in a back-and-forth 10-inning affair.

The evening started with some hockey action at the ballpark, as the first 500 fans to enter the stadium were given a Michael St. Croix bobblehead to celebrate Oil Kings Night. The popular Oil Kings forward and 2011 New York Rangers draft pick was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and also joined teammates Dylan Wruck and Laurent Brossoit to sign autographs for eager fans on the concourse before the game.

It was all about offence for the Caps and Vipers during the first six innings on Saturday, as Calgary stormed out of the gate with a three-run first, a five-run second and a three-run sixth. The Caps were equal to the task, though, scoring twice in the first and fourth, and three times in the third and sixth to make it 11-10. They forced extra innings with the tying run in the seventh, but the Vipers exploded for five runs in the 10th to earn the win.

Vipers first baseman C.J. Ziegler had a colossal first two innings, hitting a three-run home run in the first and a grand slam in the second, finishing the game 4-for-4 with four runs and seven RBI. The Caps had some major offensive performances as well, as first baseman Brent Metheny and outfielder Todd Linden each crushed home runs and combined for six runs scored and six driven in on the night.

The Caps drop to 54-32 with the extra-innings loss, while the Vipers improve to 53-31 and regain first place in the North Division. There are no games separating the teams, but since Calgary has played fewer games as a result of rain-outs, they have a slightly higher winning percentage. The provincial rivals open their best-of-seven North Division Championship Series on Tuesday in Edmonton, with the eventual regular season division champion earning home-field advantage in the series.

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The Caps and Vipers conclude their exciting 2011 regular season schedule on Sunday with a 2 p.m. double-header. Two seven-inning games will be played, and it’s Family Pack Sunday, as fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four Pepsi for $52. It’s also Canadian Tire Fan Appreciation Day, as the Caps will be bombarding their fans with prizes throughout the double-header, highlighted by a $250 Canadian Tire gift card.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Playoff tickets start at just $10 in advance and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Oil Kings Night & Michael St. Croix Bobbleheads

The first 500 fans at Saturday's game will receive bobbleheads of Oil Kings sniper and 2011 New York Rangers draft pick Michael St. Croix.

Edmonton, AB – The end of August is the special time of the year in Edmonton sports when the Capitals are making their drive towards the playoffs and hockey is revving back into high gear with the start of Oil Kings training camp.

The Oil Kings are amping up for what could be a memorable season in the Western Hockey League, and to get Edmontonians back into hockey mode while also enjoying an evening at the ballpark, the Capitals are hosting Oil Kings Night when they play the Calgary Vipers on Saturday at 7pm.

New York Rangers 2011 draft pick Michael St. Croix will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch, and the first 500 fans at the game will receive a bobblehead of the Oil Kings sniper. St. Croix and a few of his Oil Kings teammates will also be meeting fans and signing autographs on the concourse.

The Capitals host the provincial rival Calgary Vipers, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m., and doors slated to open at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive prior to doors opening in order to line up to receive their Michael St. Croix bobbleheads.

Tickets, starting at just $10 in advance, can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps Catapult Back Into First With 7-4 Win

Catcher J.D. Closser slides into third base during the Caps' 7-4 win over the Calgary Vipers on Military Appreciation Night on Friday at TELUS Field.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals beat the provincial rival Calgary Vipers 7-4 in a lengthy showdown in front of a packed house of 4,378 at TELUS Field on Friday night, jumping back into first place in the North American League’s North Division.

The Caps dominated the first six innings of the game with a combination of strong offence and a good pitching arm in newcomer Jesse Smith, who surrendered just two runs on five hits with five strikeouts to earn the victory. While Smith owned the mound, third baseman Carlos Duncan was the offensive star, going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Reliever Chad Blackwell ran into some trouble in the seventh inning, giving up a pair of runs, but David Davidson finished off the frame, paving the way for Tom Boleska, who tossed the final two innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts to pick up the save — his team leading ninth of the season. Catcher J.D. Closser and shortstop Rex Rundgren each chipped in with two hits.

The Friday victory improved the Caps’ record to 54-31 and put them one game ahead of the Vipers for first place in the North Division. There are now just three games left in the regular season, two of which the Caps need to win to secure the division title and home-field advantage in their upcoming playoff series with their southern Alberta foes. Game 1 of the NDCS is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Edmonton.

Friday’s game was the final Fireworks Friday of the season presented by JOE FM, with a phenomenal post-game fireworks display that lit up the river valley sky. It was also Military Appreciation Night, as the Caps honoured the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces by wearing commemorative camouflage uniforms, which were auctioned off after the game, raising $3,330 for Soldier On.

The final series of the regular season continues Saturday at 7 p.m. with Oil Kings Night, as Michael St. Croix will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch, and the first 500 fans at the game will receive a bobblehead of the Oil Kings star and 2011 New York Rangers draft pick. There will also be an autograph session with St. Croix and other Oil Kings junior hockey players.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Playoff tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps Cruise By Calgary In Series Opener

The Caps celebrate Thursday's 11-4 win over the rival Vipers.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals have moved one step closer to first place in the North American League’s North Division standings. They began their five-game regular season ending homestand Thursday night with a dominating 11-4 victory over the Calgary Vipers.

Both teams have already secured a spot in the North Division Championship series starting next Tuesday in Edmonton, but the division title and home-field advantage in the playoffs are yet to be determined as the teams now have four more games left to play against each other.

A strong offensive showing on the night by the Caps proved to be a team effort as an impressive five individual batters lit it up with two RBI, including a huge two-run home run in the second inning by third baseman Carlos Duncan to give the Caps the early 2-1 lead. There was no stopping the offence after that as they scored 11 total runs on an impressive 15 hits and eventually walked away with the win.

Starting pitcher Dallas Buck was lights-out for the Caps on Thursday.

The Caps pitching crew had a stellar night as well, as starter Dallas Buck pitched seven innings in which he only gave up two runs on five hits while tallying four strikeouts. Jorge Vasquez and Bartolome Fortunato split pitching duties in the last two innings. Vasquez had an impressive three strikeouts with one hit surrendered and Fortunato closed out the game with two runs on two hits, but managed two strikeouts of his own to finish off the Vipers.

With the win, the Caps improve their North American League record to 53-31. That’s one more win than Calgary but the Vipers still sit in first place in the standings with a slightly higher winning percentage, having played less games due to rainouts early in the season.

The Caps continue with game two of their series against the Vipers on Friday night at 7 p.m., which will be another edition of Fireworks Friday presented by JOE FM with a spectacular post-game fireworks show that fans can enjoy right from their seats. It’s also Military Appreciation Night featuring a special alternate jersey that the Caps will wear and auction off after the game to raise funds for the Soldier On program. Fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to catch the special opening pitch.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Playoff tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Vipers Vault Back Into Top Spot With 8-2 Win

Rory Shortell has been the top Caps starter this season but he came out on the losing end of Wednesday's 8-2 decision against the Vipers in Calgary.

Calgary, AB – The Edmonton Capitals dropped an 8-2 decision to the Calgary Vipers on Wednesday to fall one game back of their provincial rivals in the North American League North Division standings with just five games left in the regular season.

The Caps and Vipers are already guaranteed to square off in the North Championship Series starting next Tuesday in Edmonton, but the regular season division title and home-field advantage in the playoffs are still up for grabs. The Vipers took the upper hand in the race for first with Wednesday’s win at Foothills Stadium.

A solo home run by first baseman Brent Metheny and an RBI double by right fielder Tom Collaro accounted for the Caps’ only two runs in the defeat, as Calgary used four pitchers to shut down Edmonton’s usually-potent bats. Starting pitcher Rory Shortell’s team-best record dropped to 11-4 with the loss, as he gave up five runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings, though only two runs were earned, as a result of Caps defensive errors.

As per usual, centre fielder Jonny Kaplan and shortstop Wilver Perez were the main thorns in the Caps’ sides, as Kaplan went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Perez was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Despite only throwing 0.2 innings, relief pitcher Scott Watson was credited with the win, taking over for starter Mark Michael.

The Caps and Vipers head north to Edmonton on Thursday to start the final series of the regular season, with the division title and home-field advantage in the post-season on the line. Games are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., as well as a double-header on Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

Thursday’s series opener is the final Thirsty Thursday of the regular season, presented by Hudsons Canadian Tap House, 100.3 The Bear and 104.9 Virgin Radio, featuring beer on sale for $3.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Flex packs are available in multiples of eight for $48 less than day-of-game pricing. Individual game tickets start at $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, at any Ticketmaster location, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps To Celebrate Military Appreciation Night This Friday

CFB Edmonton soldiers model the Caps' Military Appreciation Night jersey that the team will wear this Friday when they battle the Calgary Vipers.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals are honouring the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces at this Friday’s game against the Calgary Vipers with Military Appreciation Night, including commemorative camouflage jerseys.

The Caps will wear their special edition jerseys when they battle the provincial rival Vipers on Friday at 7 p.m. The jerseys will then be autographed and auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to the Soldier On program, which improves the quality of life of injured or ill Canadian Forces personnel and former personnel.

Soldiers from CFB Edmonton were the first to show off the Military Appreciation Night jerseys on Wednesday.

There will also be a unique ceremonial first pitch that involves soldiers rappelling down the 20-foot centre field wall, and it’s also the final Fireworks Friday of the regular season presented by 92.5 JOE FM. There will be a spectacular fireworks display shortly after the final out, and then the military jersey auction will be held.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Flex packs are available in multiples of eight for $48 less than day-of-game pricing. Individual game tickets start at $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, at any Ticketmaster location, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps & Vipers Tied For First After Double-Header Split

Catcher Lou Santangelo hit a three-run home run to lead the Caps to a dominant 14-2 win in the first half of Tuesday's double-header.

Calgary, AB – The quest between the Edmonton Capitals and provincial rival Calgary Vipers for the North American League North Division title continued on Tuesday night with a double-header split at Foothills Stadium.

The Caps crushed the Vipers 14-2 in the late afternoon game but the home side rebounded with a 6-3 win in the nightcap. Since the Caps (52-30) have played two more games than the Vipers (51-29), the split puts Calgary back in first place with a slightly higher winning percentage, but there are no games separating the two teams in the standings.

First baseman Lou Santangelo and centre fielder Todd Linden each smashed home runs in the lopsided opening game, while Santangelo and right fielder Tom Collaro led the Caps with three RBI each. Linden and third baseman Enrique Cruz each crossed the plate three times, while Linden, second baseman Matt Rogelstad and catcher J.D. Closser each had two RBI.

The Caps got a complete game seven-inning effort from veteran pitcher Lou Pote, who scattered two runs and six hits while striking out seven Vipers to improve to 7-5 on the NAL season. The Sherwood Park resident continues to lead the league in strikeouts, as he reached 100 on Tuesday.

Rogelstad continued his hot hitting in the evening defeat with a home run, a double, a run scored and one RBI, while Linden and shortstop Rex Rundgren also each had two hits. Shortstop Wilver Perez went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored to the lead the way for the victorious Vipers.

Caps starting pitcher Daryl Arreola was dealt the loss despite a decent effort, giving up six hits and five runs over five innings while striking out four Vipers. Tom Boleska came on in relief and surrendered one run in the sixth.

The Caps and Vipers play one more game in Calgary on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before heading back to Edmonton for a five-game series running Thursday through Sunday, with a double-header slated for the final day of the regular season.

The Alberta squad in first place after the final six games will have home-field advantage in the North championship series between the Caps and Vipers next week. Game 1 and Game 2 of the best-of-seven series are guaranteed to be in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug 31.

Thursday’s series opener is the final Thirsty Thursday of the season, presented by Hudsons Canadian Tap House, 100.3 The Bear and 104.9 Virgin Radio, featuring beer on sale for $3.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Flex packs are available in multiples of eight for $48 less than day-of-game pricing. Individual game tickets start at $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, at any Ticketmaster location, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

The Alberta squad in first place after the final six games will have home-field advantage in the North championship series between the Caps and Vipers next week. Game 1 and Game 2 of the best-of-seven series are guaranteed to be in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug 31.

Caps Sweep Outlaws To Jump Into First Place

Shortstop Enrique Cruz hit his team-leading 14th home run of the season to lead the Caps past the Chico Outlaws 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals posted a momentous 9-5 victory over the Chico Outlaws on a scorching Sunday afternoon in front of 3,502 fans at TELUS Field, completing a four-game series sweep, improving their record to 51-29 and vaulting them past the Calgary Vipers into first place in the North Division.

Thanks to their fourth straight win over Chico on Sunday, the Caps jumped 0.5 games ahead of the provincial rival Vipers in the North American League’s North standings. The Alberta squads now play their final eight games of the regular season against each other and will then square off in the division championship playoff series, with home field advantage yet to be decided.

After winning in a 3-1 pitchers’ duel on Saturday night, the Caps produced three times as much offence on Sunday, led by second baseman Matt Rogelstad, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored.

Shortstop Enrique Cruz also made a big contribution going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while catcher Lou Santangelo chipped in with two runs scored and one RBI.

On the mound, the Caps got another solid team effort, starting with Mike Hrynio who scattered five runs and nine hits over 4.2 innings with four strikeouts. Jorge Vasquez replaced him and tossed 2.1 perfect innings with three strikeouts, and Bartolome Fortunato picked up the save by tossing the final two innings, giving up a pair of hits and striking out one Outlaw.

The Caps and Vipers play a double-header starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and a single game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., both in Calgary, before heading back to Edmonton for a five-game series running Thursday through Sunday, with a double-header slated for the final day of the regular season.

Thursday’s series opener is the final Thirsty Thursday of the season, presented by Hudsons Canadian Tap House, 100.3 The Bear and 104.9 Virgin Radio, featuring beer on sale for $3.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Flex packs are available in multiples of eight for $48 less than day-of-game pricing. Individual game tickets start at $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, at any Ticketmaster location, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).

Caps Earn Third Straight Victory With 3-1 Win Over Chico

With Saturday's victory, Edmonton has now won 50 games on the season and sits only 0.5 games behind Calgary in the North American League's North Division standings.

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Capitals continued to roll Saturday night, sending the crowd home happy with a thrilling 3-1 victory over the visiting Chico Outlaws. Following an impressive outing one night earlier in which the home side racked up nine runs in a commanding 9-2 victory, the Caps took control in a pitchers’ duel, besting Outlaws starter Jonny Bravo in the team’s 50th win of the season.

It wasn’t until the sixth inning before a run could be tallied, but it came in dramatic fashion. With Carlos Duncan, third-baseman, aboard in the bottom of the sixth, the Caps’ superhero emerged to break the scoreless tie. Tom Collaro blasted a two-run shot over the scoreboard, cashing a 2-0 lead on the team’s third hit of the evening.

Collaro proved to be the Caps’ most lethal weapon at the plate. In four at-bats, he crushed three hits, while recording two RBI and a run in the winning effort.

Caps starting pitcher Jesse Smith tossed six scoreless innings, surrendering only seven hits and a pair of walks. He frustrated batters all night with his pinpoint delivery, striking-out five in the process. Reliever Chad Blackwell entered the game in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded. Blackwell struck-out two, but was unable to keep Chico off the scoreboard.

Edmonton’s lead was halved when the Outlaws brought home a base-runner early in the inning. The run was charged to Smith, ending his shutout bid as he watched from the dugout.

The Caps were quick to respond, renewing the team’s two-run lead in the bottom half of the inning. Steve Brown got caught in a rundown, but managed to elude the tag and round the bases off a Chico error, putting the home side up 3-1 and igniting the rambunctious crowd at TELUS Field.

Outlaws starter Jonny Bravo pitched six innings in the losing cause, allowing two runs, four hits and three walks. Although he struggled to control the plate early, Bravo rebounded to serve five strikeouts before exiting the game in the seventh inning. Demetrius Banks stepped in to complete the effort, but the damage had already been done in a 3-1 score.

Pitcher Tom Beleska came in for Edmonton in the ninth inning, sealing the 3-1 score and the Caps’ 50th win. With the victory and Calgary’s 10-1 triumph over Yuma, Edmonton remains 0.5 games back of the league-leading Vipers in the North American League’s North Division.

When the game was over and the lights went down, fans were treated to the season’s final Saturday Night Movie presented by Herbers Autobody Repair and Capital FM. With Saturday being Superhero Night at the ballpark, The Dark Knight was presented, entertaining fans on a gorgeous Saturday evening at TELUS Field.

Edmonton’s four-game series against Chico concludes Sunday at 2pm as the Caps look to sweep the Outlaws before beginning a three-game set with the Vipers Tuesday night in Calgary.

The Capitals are the city’s most affordable entertainment option in the summer, featuring Edmonton’s largest patio! Flex packs are available in multiples of eight for $48 less than day-of-game pricing. Individual game tickets start at $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, at any Ticketmaster location, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).