Kacy Clemens drew a walk in his professional debut at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday.
The Vancouver Canadians went for the series sweep but had to settle for two out of three instead as the Everett AquaSox salvaged the series finale with a 5-1 win Thursday afternoon at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Dalton Rodriguez enjoyed a strong first two innings by retiring the side 1-2-3 in the first and striking out the side in the second. The Sox then struck for three runs in the third when Joseph Rosa cleared the bases with a three-run double. Rodriguez sat down the next seven hitters but was burned by a Brayan Hernandez home run to put Everett ahead 4-0. Miguel Burgos took over the mound after that.
Meantime, the C’s had their chances to score in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
- Lance Jones worked a two-out walk in the third and scampered to third when Deiferson Barreto reached on a two-base error at first but Norberto Obeso—who had Vancouver’s first hit in the first—would ground out to second.
- Vancouver loaded the bases in the fourth on an Owen Spiwak single and a pair of walks from Kacy Clemens and Mattingly Romanin with two outs but Reggie Pruitt flied out to left.
- The C’s loaded them up again with one out in the fifth on Barreto and Lizardo walks sandwiching an Obeso single but Javier Hernandez would rap into a 4-3 double play against Everett reliever Cody Mobley, who took over for starter Jose Santiago.
Everett added one more run against Burgos in the seventh on a Brayan Hernandez RBI single. Brayden Bouchey kept the AquaSox at bay by retiring all six men he faced—including a pair of strikeouts—over the final two frames.
Brock Lundquist made his pro debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning Thursday.
Vancouver would get their only run in the ninth when Pruitt got aboard on an error at third, stole second base and scored on a Jones single off Ted Hammond. Brock Lundquist pinch-ran for Jones in his Northwest League debut but was erased at second on a fielder’s choice by Barreto. The game would end on an Obeso groundout.
Vancouver had just four hits and left 11 men on base after just one hit in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Three C’s from the Opening Day roster have been reassigned. Righthanded reliever Jared Carkuff has been promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts while shortstop Jesus Severino and catcher Yorman Rodriguez have been sent to Bluefield for the start of their Appalachian League season.
Carkuff pitched three scoreless frames over two appearances, scattering two hits and a hit by pitch while striking out three.
Severino was 0-for-6 with a walk over two contests. Rodriguez had four hits in 21 at-bats with a double in five games. A 2015 Vancouver Canadians pitcher is also on the move as lefty Tayler Saucedo has been promoted to Dunedin from Lansing.
The C’s continue their homestand Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the Spokane Indians come to town. Game times are 7:05 pm for the first two games and 1:05 pm Sunday afternoon. The probable starters have been been announced but going by the first turn through the six-man rotation, it may be Kyle Weatherly, Wilfri Aleton and Dany Jimenez.