The C’s blew a 7-run lead at Everett Memorial Stadium Tuesday night but still managed to pull one out of the fire. (Image courtesy of @VanCanadians)
It shouldn’t have been this hard. It was a laugher early but it looked like the Vancouver Canadians were going to lose a heartbreaker after squandering leads of 3-0, 8-3 and 11-4 but they rallied for four runs in the ninth to beat the Everett AquaSox 15-13 at Everett Memorial Stadium Tuesday night. Kacy Clemens—who belted his first professional home run earlier in the game—delivered a two-out, two-run single on a 1-2 pitch from David Ellison to bring in the winning runs.
Kacy Clemens had a 3-for-6 night that included a home run and a two-run single Tuesday.
Norberto Obeso opened the scoring with a two-run double off AquaSox starter Randy Bell in the second inning to plate an infield hit by Clemens and a single by Riley Adams. Another run came in when Mattingly Romanin rapped into a double play.
The AquaSox answered that rally by matching Vancouver’s three runs off Juan Nunez in their half of the second that included a home run by Johnny Adams but the C’s erupted for a five-run third. An Adams double and a Spiwak single accounted for two runs while an error, a wild pitch and another Romanin double play produced the other three.
Everett got one back in the third off Nunez but Clemens homered to right-center field off Jose Santiago to restore Vancouver’s five run lead at 9-4. Vancouver tacked on two more when an Owen Spiwak walk was brought home on a wild pitch before Brock Lundquist scored a Romanin single with a base rap of his own to make it 11-4 halfway through the game.
Everett ignored the memo to give up though. Nunez served one up to Onil Pena before Chris Hall gave up a dinger to Troy Dixon among the two runs he surrendered over 2-2/3 frames. Bobby Eveld gave up a three-run tater by Greifer Andrade to end a six-run eighth that gave Everett a 13-11 advantage.
Cullen Large tied the game in the ninth with an infield single Tuesday.
Vancouver, in turn, ignored the memo to mail it in. Bryan Lizardo started the ninth inning rally with a single and that was followed by an Obeso base hit and a Spiwak walk. After Romanin lined out to right, Kevin Vicuna singled home Lizardo to make it a one-run game. Cullen Large pushed home the tying run on an infield single to score Obeso to knot things up at 13-13 and the bases were still loaded. After Lundquist struck out, Clemens came through with the two-run single to give Vancouver a 15-13 lead and Orlando Pascual made sure that lead would hold. He finished up with a 1-2-3 ninth that included a punchout to save the victory for Eveld.
Orlando Pascual earned his first Northwest League save with a perfect ninth Tuesday.
All nine Vancouver hitters had at least one hit as they racked up 15 in total. Large had two hits, three walks and a stolen base. Adams and Obeso had a double, a single and a walk each. Lundquist also had a two-hit performance. The C’s were 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight men on.
Nunez had six groundball outs and struck out three in his 71-pitch start, 39 of which were strikes. He also threw a wild pitch and committed a balk. Hall had three strikeouts and two groundouts, throwing 27 strikes over 43 pitches. Eveld had two strikeouts but gave up five hits and a walk over 34 pitches in which 20 of them were deemed strikes. Pascual threw eight of 12 pitches for strikes in the ninth with one groundball out.
Vancouver improves to 9-4 and remain one game back of the Tri-City Dust Devils for top spot in the North Division.
The rubber match of this series goes Thursday at 7:05 pm at Everett Memorial Stadium. Check out CanadiansBaseball.com to listen in.