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The Vancouver Canadians looked to be on their way to a third straight victory but the Eugene Emeralds rallied in the second half of the game to post their first win of the season by a score of 4-2 Saturday night.
Reggie Pruitt started the game by lining a double to center field and Chavez Young was plunked by a pitch. Owen Spiwak would drove them home with a two-run double to give the C’s the early lead. They would only get one hit the rest of the way when Young got a one-out single in the eighth. Mattingly Romanin drew a two-out walk in the sixth, stole second and made it to third on an errant throw but Jesus Severino struck out to end the rally.
Despite the lack of hitting, it appeared that early 2-0 lead was going to hold up as Kyle Weatherly shut down the Em’s in the first five innings on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He struck out five, produced eight groundouts and successfully navigated around a couple of errors by shortstop Kevin Vicuna. Weatherly’s greatest escape was inducing a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the sixth.
Weatherly returned to the mound for the sixth but his luck ran out. Vicuna misplayed a ball lined right at him for his third error of the night and that eventually led to a two-run double by Gustavo Polanco that chased Weatherly from the game. Lefty Grayson Huffman came in and retired the first two men he faced but a broken-bat double down the left field line by Jhonny Bethencourt plated what turned out to be the winning run. Huffman would retire the next three hitters in a row before giving way to Brayden Bouchey with two outs and nobody on in the seventh. A walk and two singles later, the Emeralds doubled their lead. Pruitt made a strong throw from center field on the second base hit by Miguel Amaya and it arrived at the plate in time but Spiwak could not hold on to the ball.
Bouchey returned for the eighth and walked Connor Myers, who proceeded to steal second and third. Bouchey struck out a batter and got a fly ball out before Miguel Burgos relieved him. Burgos would ring up Jose Gonzalez on a called strike three to strand Myers at third.
Wilfri Aleton gets the ball next for Sunday’s game at P.K. Park. First pitch is at 1:05 pm and can be seen on MiLB.TV and heard on CanadiansBaseball.com.