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The Vancouver Canadians have dropped to .500 on the season. The Eugene Emeralds evened up the series at two games apiece by downing the C’s 6-1 on Father’s Day at P.K. Park.
The Emeralds scored in five straight innings, opening the scoring on a Gustavo Polanco home run off Canadians starter Wilfri Aleton in the second inning. The Em’s added to their lead on a two-out rally that started with a triple and concluded with three singles and a throwing error by left fielder Norberto Obeso that produced a pair of runs.
Aleton was roughed up for five runs on 11 hits and was one out short of five innings, striking out two and walking one. Orlando Pascual stranded two runners for Aleton but he gave up the other run on two hits while striking out one over 1-1/3 innings. Jared Carkuff finished up with two scoreless frames of one-hit ball that featured a pair of strikeouts.
The C’s only run came on their first home run of the season as Bryan Lizardo went deep to right-center field in the fifth inning. Matt Morgan drew a two-out walk and Chavez Young was hit by a pitch to bring the potential tying run up to the plate in Reggie Pruitt but he grounded out into a force play at third to end the inning. Pruitt’s at-bat was the one and only time Vancouver had a runner in scoring position. The C’s would not get another baserunner until Mattingly Romanin worked a one-out walk in the ninth. The first C’s hit was a two-out single by Owen Spiwak.
Young stayed on the bases after getting plunked on the right arm by Enrique De Los Rios but Lance Jones took over in right field in the bottom of the fifth.
The fifth and deciding game of the series goes Monday night at 7:05 with Dany Jimenez on the hill. MiLB.TV and CanadiansBaseball.com will have the broadcasts of that one.