C’s Recap – Dust Devils Dominate Canadians In Series Opener

Vancouver Canadians Brandon Polizzi

Brandon Polizzi had the first hit and scored the first run of the game in Tri-City Monday.

C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians will only have to face the Tri-City Dust Devils two more times in 2018. Tri-City throttled Vancouver 10-2 at Gesa Stadium Monday and have won seven out of the 10 meetings between the two teams. The C’s did get some help on the out-of-town scoreboard as Spokane was outslugged in Everett. The Indians are still two games back of the C’s for first place in the North Division. The AquaSox and Dust Devils have pulled to within 3-1/2 games.

Vancouver scored first when Brandon Polizzi began the game with a base hit up the middle. He stole second and came around to score on a one-out Yorman Rodriguez single to left off against Adrian Martinez.

Elio Silva pitched four shutout innings before Tri-City got to him in the fifth. Michael Curry doubled and reached third on a wild pitch. Tre Carter worked the count to ball four to put runners on the corners. Jose Lezama grounded into a 4-3 run-scoring double play to tie the game at one. Silva had a chance to get out of the inning but Nick Podkul’s throwing error at second allowed Kelvin Alarcon to get on base. Silva hit Xavier Edwards with a pitch before throwing one to the backstop that allowed Alarcon to score and Edwards to make it to third. A balk by Silva then brought home Edwards to make it 3-1 Dust Devils.

The Canadians narrowed the gap to one run in the top of the sixth. Jesus Severino made it to second after a one-out infield single to third and an Alarcon throwing error. A Podkul double to center scored Severino but after advancing to third on a wild pitch, Podkul was stranded when Sterling Guzman flied out and Brett Wright struck out against Martinez.

Troy Miller took over on the mound for Vancouver and like Silva, he was the victim of sloppy defensively play.  Severino mishandled a Luis Ascunsion grounder to short and Justin Paulsen followed with an RBI double to right off to score Ascunsion. Paulsen tagged up to go to third on a Curry fly ball and tagged up to go home on a Carter sacrifice fly.

Things got only worse for Vancouver as Denis Diaz was demolished for five runs in the seventh. A wild pitch sent Edwards home after a leadoff double while a bases-loaded walk by Ascunsion, a Curry fielder’s choice and a Carter two-run single accounted for the final runs of the game. Will McAffer would finish up with two scoreless frames for Vancouver.

Martinez pitched six innings for the win while Cole Bellinger got the three-inning save.

Vancouver Canadians Elio Silva

Elio Silva surrendered one earned run over five innings in Tri-City Monday.


C's NotesVancouver had a chance to build on their 1-0 lead in the fourth when Podkul walked and got to third on a Guzman base hit with two away but Wright flied out to left. Polizzi singled with one out in the fifth and stole second base with two out but Rodriguez grounded out to strand Polizzi.

Reilly Johnson and McGregory Contreras drew walks in the seventh but a Polizzi ground ball double play in between cut that rally short. Johnson managed another walk in the ninth but he was the C’s last base runner. Polizzi and Guzman recorded two-hit games for Vancouver. Podkul was aboard twice on a double and a walk. The C’s were 2-for-7 with runners 180 feet away or less and left eight men on base. They struck out 12 times against four walks.

Vancouver Canadians Sterling Guzman

Sterling Guzman had a pair of hits for Vancouver Monday night.

Silva surrendered three runs but only one was earned. He gave up three hits, a walk and hit two batters while striking out two to take the loss. Miller also had two unearned runs on his line after two hits while striking out one in the sixth. Diaz was dinged for five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. McAffer struck out two and walked one over two shutout frames.

Congratulations to Josh Winckowski for winning the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week award for a second time this season.

The C’s will try again for their first win in Pasco Tuesday night. Henry Henry (4-2, 3.29) will be on the hill for the Dust Devils to throw the first pitch at 7:15 pm. Sean Wymer (4-2, 5.47) starts for Vancouver in a game that can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com. Rob Fai will have the play-by-play.



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C’s Recap – Winckowski Whitewash Helps Canadians Take Series From Spokane

Vancouver Canadians Josh Winckowski

Josh Winckowski delivered seven innings of shutout ball for Vancouver Sunday.

C's RecapIt was a playoff atmosphere at Nat Bailey Stadium and the Vancouver Canadians took an important step to getting back to the postseason in 2018 by upending the Spokane Indians 4-0 at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon.  The C’s increased their lead to two games over Spokane atop the North Division.

The game was scoreless for seven-and-a-half innings before the C’s were finally able break through. Spokane starter Jake Latz gave up a Jesus Severino double down the right field corner and walked Sterling Guzman after running the count full to place runners at first and second. Latz tried to pick off Severino at second and threw the ball into center field. Severino thought about going to third before going back to second but Guzman was already halfway between first and second. Guzman caught a break when Indians center fielder Troy Dixon elected to hang on to the ball and not make a throw to first to double off Guzman. Nick Podkul laid down a bunt on the first offering from Latz and the lefthander elected to go to third to get Severino. His throw instead went down the left field line to allow Severino to cross home plate with the game’s first run.

Vancouver Canadians Yorman Rodriguez

Yorman Rodriguez provided insurance with a two-run single in the eighth.

Righthander Austin Pettibone came out of the bullpen for Spokane and retired Otto Lopez on a groundout to third on the first pitch he threw. Two pitches later, Pettibone snared a comebacker from Tanner Kirwer to keep Podkul and Guzman at second and third. Christopher Bec then chopped one to third but Cristian Inoa mishandled it and Guzman came in with Vancouver’s second run. Yorman Rodriguez grounded one up the gut to plate Podkul and Bec before getting thrown out at second to end the rally.

Josh Winckowski supplied seven shutout innings but it was Fitz Stadler who picked up the win by getting out of a big jam in the eighth. Cobi Johnson kept Spokane off the board for a 26th consecutive inning to clinch the series victory for Vancouver.

Vancouver Canadians Fitz Stadler Fitz Stadler earned the victory in relief with a scoreless eighth inning Sunday.

Radar Gun Rundown


Winckowski worked around 94-97 miles per hour and hit 100 a couple of times. He also had pitches clocked in the mid-80’s. Two of his strikeouts were registered at 87 and 96.

Stadler hit 94 on the gun and was around 86-89.

Johnson was as low as 77 and as high as 92, 94 and 95. He had a pair of strikeouts at 80.


C's NotesThe first hit of this game came with two outs in the third when Podkul singled off Latz but was left stranded. Vancouver’s second hit came on an infield single from Rodriguez when Biggers slipped and fell as the ball went off the lip of the grass at short.

Winckowski did not allow a baserunner until a two-out double in the fourth by Kevin Mendoza that landed on the chalk of the right field line. Spokane threatened again on a one-out double by Tanner Gardner but Winckowski rung up Austin O’Banion and struck out Dixon swinging to stop that rally.

After stranding a two-out base hit by Tyler Depreta-Johnson in the sixth inning when Lopez made a nice running catch over the shoulder to retire Mendoza, Winckowski faced his biggest test in the seventh. Isaias Quiroz doubled to left and was bunted over to third by Inoa. Winckowski got a popup to short by Tanner Gardner for the second out. That brought Austin O’Banion to the plate and he battled Winckowski to an 11 pitch at-bat. After fouling off five pitches and working the count full, O’Banion went down swinging to leave the go-ahead run at third.

Vancouver Canadians Christopher Bec Christopher Bec stole a base, caught a base stealer and had a hit for Vancouver Sunday.

Spokane’s best chance to score was in the eighth when Dixon began the frame with a base hit up the middle against Stadler. Dixon was thrown out trying to steal second with pinch-hitter Starling Joseph at the plate. It appeared Joseph may have missed a hit-and-run sign. Joseph would work the count to ball four and scampered over to third on a Jax Biggers base hit to center. Tyler Depreta-Johnson worked the count full and drew a walk to load up the bases but Mendoza rapped into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Jake Brodt used his 6-foot-5 to stretch and keep his foot on the first base bag to complete the twin-killing.

Vancouver manager Dallas McPherson was ejected by home plate umpire Nick McFarland for taking issue with the strike zone for Stadler.

Cobi Johnson had to work around an Inoa walk and a Gardner double with one out. He would strike out O’Banion and Dixon swinging to end the game. Bec was quick to act by jumping on the ball and throwing to first to complete the game-ending strikeout. Dixon thought the ball rolled foul and did not run to first.

Winckowski tossed a four-hit over seven frames and recorded six strikeouts and six groundouts. Stadler improved to 2-2 to get around two hits and two walks in a shutout eighth. Johnson stranded a single and a walk by striking out the side. Rodriguez had two of Vancouver’s five hits.

Vancouver Canadians Jesus Severino

Jesus Severino started the four-run rally in the eighth with a leadoff double.

Bec, Severino and Podkul had the others. Guzman drew the lone walk but the C’s only struck out three times. They were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded three. Bec stole his 11th base of the year.

Canadians broadcaster Rob Fai pointed out the team has been weekend warriors so far over the month of August. The C’s are a combined 6-0 on Saturdays and Sundays and 8-1 when Friday is entered into the mix.

The C’s are in Pasco, Washington for the first of three games against the Tri-City Dust Devils. The game from Gesa Stadium can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai beginning at 7:15 pm. Adrian Martinez (2-4, 6.42) will throw the first pitch for Tri-City. Elio Silva (3-2, 3.86) looks to be line for the start for Vancouver.

A couple of stories for your consideration from The Toronto Star. One is a story on 2014 former Vancouver Canadians righthander Sean-Reid Foley and another deals with 2011 C’s outfielder Kevin Pillar.

Vancouver Canadians Justin Shafer

2014 Vancouver Canadians righthander Justin Shafer made his major league debut Sunday.


cs-tweetCongratulations to 2014 Canadians righthander Justin Shafer for getting the call to Toronto. The 25 year-old made his debut with a scoreless inning against the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon wearing Juan Guzman‘s old number 66.

The Lake Wales, Florida native began his pro career with Vancouver in 2014 after being selected by the Jays out of the University of Florida. Shafer was 1-3 with a 5.16 earned run average in 11 appearances, striking out 23 batters and walking seven over 22-2/3 innings. Splitting this season with New Hampshire and Buffalo, Shafer was a combined 5-5 with a 1.17 ERA and converted 16 out of 17 save opportunities with the Bisons.


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C’s Recap – Bec’s Bat Backs Pondler As Canadians Shut Out Spokane To Move Back Into 1st

Vancouver Canadians Christopher Bec

Christopher Bec homered, drove in three runs and stole a base for Vancouver Saturday.

The Vancouver Canadians will have a rubber match with the Spokane Indians to decide the biggest series of the season to date. The C’s evened their three-game set against the Indians with a 4-0 victory at Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday night. Vancouver has regained sole possession of first place in the North Division by improving to 14-9 in the second half, one game ahead of 13-10 Spokane.

Otto Lopez opened the bottom of the first with an infield single to third off Scott Engler. Lopez would steal second and get to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner Kirwer. Christopher Bec lined one right up the middle to bring in Lopez for the game’s first run. Bec would steal second base but was later stranded.

Vancouver would get an insurance run in the fifth thanks again to Bec. Jesus Severino doubled to right with one out and the bases would be loaded after walks to Nick Podkul and Kirwer. With two away, Bec would get a free pass to bring in Severino and chase Engler from the game. Cole Uvila entered the game and struck out Griffin Conine to leave the bases loaded.

The Canadians got another run in the sixth when Yorman Rodriguez and Jake Brodt went to the opposite field with Brodt singling home a Rodriguez double off Cole Uvila to make it 3-0.

Bec provided the final Vancouver run with a home run to left field off Werner Leal in the seventh.

Xavier Moore was the only Spokane pitcher not to be scored upon in one-third of an inning.

Vancouver Canadians Randy Pondler

Randy Pondler picked up his fourth win of the season with five shutout innings Saturday.

Randy Pondler kept Spokane in check with five shutout innings. Joey Pulido and Connor Law contributed two scoreless frames apiece to preserve the goose egg.

Vancouver Canadians Connor Law

Connor Law reached triple digits on the radar gun Saturday.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconPondler was around 87 miles per hour and recorded strikeouts at 81, 77 and 85.

Pulido reached 95 and Law was also in the mid-90’s, reaching 100 at one point.



C's NotesThe Canadians were able to win this one despite some sloppy baserunning on a couple of occasions. The first occurence happened in the second inning after Brodt and Severino singled for a first-and-second situation with one out. Podkul then grounded out into a double play that went 6-3-6-3-4-2-5-3, resulting in Brodt being tagged out at home. Both Severino and Brodt found themselves caught in between on the basepaths.

Before Bec’s home run, Vancouver looked to be set for a big seventh inning when Lopez and Kirwer began the frame with base hits. However, Lopez strayed too far off second base and that led to more baserunning shenanigans that resulted in Lopez and Kirwer being tagged out on a 1-4-5-6-3-4-3-6 inning-ending double play. Kirwer was caught looking at the play instead of getting to second base when Lopez was hung up between second and third.

Vancouver Canadians Jesus Severino

Jesus Severino had an impact on both sides of the ball Saturday.

Severino made a couple of smooth plays at short, including a nice pick on an Austin O’Banion ground ball for the second out of the ninth inning.

Vancouver recorded 11 base hits and four walks and struck out 11 times. There were three hits with 10 tries with runners in scoring position with eight men left on base. Lopez, Bec, Brodt and Severino had two hits apiece. Kirwer was aboard twice with a single and a walk. Rodriguez had a double and Contreras had a base hit. Podkul drew a walk.

The C’s were 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts with Brodt getting two of them. Lopez, Bec and Severino had the other swipes. Lopez was charged with a pickoff and caught stealing in the aforementioned seventh.

Pondler scattered four hits and struck out six over five shutout frames to even his record at 4-4. Two of those hits came in the second when Francisco Ventura led off with a single and Cristian Inoa got a base hit one out later but Pondler escaped the jam with an inning-ending strikeout of Jonah McReynolds.

Spokane’s other threat against Pondler was in the fifth when Austin O’Banion singled and got into scoring position on a McReynolds sacrifice bunt. Tyler Depreta-Johnson struck out swinging before Podkul made a nice leaping catch on a Jax Biggers line drive to keep the Indians at bay.

Pulido got around a hit and two walks and punched out two in his two-inning appearance. He stranded a leadoff walk to Starling Joseph and a Depreta-Johnson two-out single by ringing up Biggers on strikes. Law walked one and whiffed three over the final two frames to preserve the shutout.

Josh Winckowski (4-4, 2.60) starts the series finale for Vancouver at 1:05 pm Sunday afternoon. Jake Latz (4-1, 4.75)—an 11th round pick of Toronto in 2014—gets the ball for Spokane. Rob Fai—who reached the 950 game milestone as a broadcaster—will have the call on TSN 1040 and CanadiansBaseball.com. The pregame show is set for 12:00 pm.



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C’s Recap – Four-Run 1st Pulls Spokane Into A Tie For 1st With Canadians

Vancouver Canadians Dallas McPherson

Vancouver Canadians manager Dallas McPherson argues with home plate umpire Nick McFarland.

C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians have company atop the Northwest League’s North Division. The Spokane Indians took the opener of their three-game series 4-1 at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday night. Both teams share identical 13-9 records.

Jose Espada needed 38 pitches to get out of the top of the first inning and only 20 were strikes. Starling Joseph led off with a double down the left field corner and Tanner Gardner got aboard on a walk. Espada would strike out Curtis Terry but Francisco Ventura lined a single to left on an 0-2 pitch to bring in Joseph with the game’s first run. The relay throw from shortstop Jesus Severino was in time but Christopher Bec dropped the ball when he tried to apply the tag on Joseph.

Espada’s next pitch was smoked off the right field wall by Kevin Mendoza banged a double to score Gardner and Ventura. The relay throw from second baseman Brandon Polizzi was in plenty of time to get Ventura but Bec would miss the tag. Mendoza would come in to count when Cristian Inoa flared a ball to center field on a broken bat.

Spokane Indians Yerry Rodriguez

Yerry Rodriguez won his second Northwest League start in as many tries for Spokane Friday.

Yerry Rodriguez shut Vancouver down over seven innings with just four hits and one walk allowed. His strikeout and groundball total were six apiece. Vancouver’s only run came in the eighth when Tanner Kirwer connected for his fourth home run of the season over Reggie Meyer. The save went to Sean Chandler as he recorded the final three outs.

Justin Watts, Will McAffer, Denis Diaz, Marcus Reyes and Orlando Pascual teamed up to provide eight shutout innings of relief for Vancouver.

Vancouver Canadians Justin Watts

Justin Watts kept Spokane in check with three shutout innings Friday.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconOne of Espada’s strikeouts was clocked at 90 miles per hour. He was in the low-to-mid 80’s range with his offerings.

Watts registered strikeouts at 90 and 87 MPH. He was as low as 71 and as high as 91 and 92. McAffer had the curveball working with two strikeouts at 75. Diaz had one strikeout at 90. Pascual had one whiff at 83.


C's NotesVancouver skipper Dallas McPherson was not happy with the men in blue. He argued the safe call at home plate that resulted in the third run of the game and kicked dirt on home plate. McPherson also disagreed with a call in the seventh when Polizzi was ruled out by running into the ball out of the batter’s box. Polizzi tried to drop down a bunt up  the first base side.

The Canadians got a lucky bounce on their first hit of the game. Bec hit a ball that caromed off the first base bag and he was able to beat it out to get on base.

Vancouver got the first two runners on in the second when Yorman Rodriguez lined one up  the middle and Jake Brodt walked. McGregory Contreras went down on three pitches before Severino crushed a ball but lined out to left. Polizzi worked the count full before striking out.

Bec ended the top of the third with a nice throw to Severino to nab Inoa trying to steal second. The bottom of the third saw Bec line a double over the head of Joseph in center field with two away but Griffin Conine flied out in front of the manual scoreboard.

The C’s encountered more bad luck in the seventh when Contreras drilled one right at the shortstop before Severino was plunked in the back by Rodriguez. The inning ended on the aforementioned Polizzi bunt.

Vancouver Canadians Tanner Kirwer

Tanner Kirwer homered in the eighth inning to give Vancouver its only run Friday.

Conine put an end to an 0-for-20 drought with a solid base hit to right field that came with two outs in the eighth. He saw his batting average drop 31 points to .245 during the skid.

Vancouver Canadians Jake Brodt

Jake Brodt extended his hitting streak Friday after a 12-day absence.

Brodt began the ninth by ripping one up the middle to start the ninth. That was Brodt’s first action in 12 days after being on the shelf with an injury.  The single extended Brodt’s hitting streak to a dozen games but he was forced out on a Contreras fielder’s choice. Severino hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Vancouver Canadians McGregory Contreras

McGregory Contreras was forced out at second base in a game-ending double play Friday.

Vancouver had seven hits, one walk and one hit by pitch while striking out six times. There were no hits in four tries with runners in scoring position and seven runners were stranded. Bec had two hits while Brodt also reached twice with a knock and a walk.

Espada was rocked for four runs on four hits and two walks but had two strikeouts. That ended a string in which the Puerto Rican righthander had pitched at least five innings in his previous eight starts. Watts worked the next three frames and yielded just two hits while striking out three.  McAffer also rung up three batters while pitching a one-hitter over two innings. Denis Diaz allowed just one hit and struck out one in the eighth. Pascual worked around an error by Polizzi at second and struck out one in the ninth. The bullpen had an impressive 9-0 strikeout/walk total over eight frames.

The second game of this series is set for 7:05 pm Saturday. Lefthander Randy Pondler (3-4, 3.38) gets the ball for Vancouver against Spokane righthander Scott Engler (2-5, 6.41). Rob Fai will have the play-by-play on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040. The Canadians have announced there will be no fireworks at this game to give firefighters one less thing to worry about given the high number of forest fires in the province.























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C’s Recap – Tucupita Helps Tri-City Take Two Of Three From Canadians

Vancouver Canadians Fitz Stadler

Fitz Stadler turned in two shutout innings of relief for Vancouver Thursday afternoon.

C's Recap

It was a day to forget for the Vancouver Canadians as they lost 6-0 to the Tri-City Dust Devils in the rubber match of their three-game set at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday afternoon. The C’s lead in the North Division was also chopped down to a single game in the North Division as Spokane prevailed off Everett Thursday night.

A two-out first inning home run Tucupita Marcano off C’s lefty Nick Allgeyer stood up as the game winner. The Dust Devils second baseman also scored the second run of the game in the fourth inning. He led off with a single against Juan Nunez, stole second with two outs and scored on throwing errors by catcher Yorman Rodriguez and center fielder Tanner Kirwer on the same play. Marcano was also involved in a two-run rally in the sixth as he scored on a two-out single to center by Justin Paulsen off Nunez.


Tucupita Marcano reached the pentagon three times for Tri-City Thursday.

The Dust Devils strung together another two-run rally against Nunez in the seventh as Grant Little lined a two-out double to left to score base hits from Chandler Seagle and Xavier Edwards.

Omar Cruz completed the first four innings for Tri-City and scattered a hit and four walks while striking out five. Spencer Kulman was the winning pitcher as he worked around two hits and two walks and punched out one over two innings. Nick Kuzia got the three-inning save with just one hit allowed and three strikeouts.

Fitz Stadler finished up the last two innings for Vancouver and kept the Dust Devils off the board.

Vancouver Canadians Otto Lopez

Otto Lopez was one of three Canadians to reach base twice Thursday afternoon.


C's NotesThe first indication it wasn’t Vancouver’s day came in the bottom of the first inning. Kirwer and Christopher Bec drew a pair of one-out walks with Kirwer advancing to second on a Cruz balk before stealing third. Rodriguez got the green light on a 3-0 pitch but he lifted a pop fly in foul territory down the first base side. Paulsen tracked down the pop-up in shallow right and threw out Kirwer at the plate to end the inning.

It was a tough day for Rodriguez all around as he rapped into another double play in the fourth inning to wipe out a Bec leadoff walk. McGregory Contreras followed with a infield single to short but Jesus Severino lined out to first to cut that rally short.

Vancouver knocked on the door again when Sterling Guzman started the fifth with a single followed by a couple of two-out walks from Otto Lopez and Kirwer but Bec grounded out to third.

Rodriguez got a base hit to begin the sixth but Severino would hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Things did not get any better for Rodriguez as he hit into his third twin-killing to end the eighth after pinch-hitter Brett Wright was hit by a pitch. Wright—took over for Bec as the designated hitter—has taken one for the team three times over the last two days.

Lopez had a two-out walk in the third and Brandon Polizzi picked up a two-out single in the seventh but they were left stranded. Vancouver went down in order in the second and ninth.

Lopez, Kirwer and Bec had two walks apiece for the top of the order but Vancouver had just four hits and struck out nine times. The C’s came up empty in three opportunities with runners in scoring position and left seven men on.

Allgeyer gave up just the solo home run over two innings but that was enough for him to get tagged with the loss. The former Iowa Hawkeye did strike out one with no walks. Nunez was knocked around for five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings. Stadler struck out four of two scoreless frames of one-hit ball while punching out four.

The Spokane Indians are up next for the Vancouver Canadians in a first-place showdown for the second-half North Division title. The three-game series begins Friday night at the Nat. The pregame show on TSN 1040 is at 6:00 p.m and Rob Fai will call the action beginning at 7:05 pm.




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