Logan Warmoth crosses the plate with the first of two runs scored Tuesday night.
The Vancouver Canadians have another series win in the books thanks to a 7-4 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night. The C’s have won their last four series and have clinched the season set against the Volcanoes by winning six of the nine games played so far.
Vancouver went with Donnie Sellers to begin this one and he set the tone early with game opening strikeouts of Malique Ziegler and Bryce Johnson. He walked Orlando Garcia on four straight pitches and fell behind against Ryan Kirby on a 3-1 count before getting him to pop up to short. Julio Benitez countered with a perfect bottom of the first for Salem-Keizier.
The Volcanoes would get the first run of the game when Robinson Medrano led off the top of the second with a single and after a Shane Matheny groundout to second, Medrano would rumble home on a Manuel Geraldo double to left. Sellers would limit the damage by ending the frame with a strikeout of Juan Rodriguez.
Kacy Clemens got the C’s first hit by opening the bottom of the second with a base hit to right and he moved up to 90 feet when Brock Lundquist reached on a throwing error by Garcia at second. Bryan Lizardo then lined a single to right to bring in Clemens with the tying run. Matt Morgan got Lundquist over to third with a base hit to right and Brandon Polizzi brought in Lundquist by rolling the ball up the first base line. Benitez was just able to get the tag on Polizzi for the second out. Reggie Pruitt flied out to center to end the frame.
Donnie Sellers pitched 2-2/3 innings of one-run ball against Salem-Keizer Tuesday evening.
Sellers retired the first two hitters in a row in the third but walked Garcia and Kirby and that led to his exit from the game. Grayson Huffman came in and walked Medrano to load the bases before getting Matheny to go down swinging.
Samad Taylor struck out to begin the third but a wild pitch by Benitez allowed him to reach first. Logan Warmoth then caught the Volcanoes by surprise with a nicely placed bunt down the third base to put runners at first and second. Clemens then lined to first and Kirby tried to double up Warmoth who was able to get back to the bag just in time. Riley Adams would load the bases by dropping a single into right field before Lundquist singled up the gut to bring in Taylor and Warmoth. Adams was tagged out as he was caught between second and third. Alejandro De La Rosa relieved Benitez and ended the inning by getting Lizardo to ground out to third.
Wilfri Aleton took to the mound for the C’s in the fourth and preserved the 4-1 lead with three groundball outs to offset a walk to Rodriguez. Pruitt singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth before swiping a base and getting to third on a wild pitch but he was left there when Taylor struck out.
A slow roller up the middle from Johnson in the top of the fifth that Warmoth and Taylor had trouble deciding who would take the ball was the start of a tough inning for Aleton. A Garcia single and a wild pitch pushed the runners up a base before Kirby hit a tapper back to the mound. Aleton tried to throw out Johnson at the plate but it wasn’t in time as the throw was to Morgan’s right, allowing Johnson to make it home safely for the Volcanoes’ second run. Medrano grounded out to short but that allowed Garcia to score to bring Salem-Keizer to within one. Matheny walked to bring Kirby to second but was forced out at second when Geraldo reached on a fielder’s choice at short. With runners now at the corners, Aleton got Calabrese looking at strike three.
Vancouver would open up a little more breathing room with a run in their half of the fifth. Warmoth started things off with a double to center and got to third on a passed ball. He would come in to score on a Clemens ground ball to first to make it 5-3 C’s.
Only one of six Volcanoes batters put the ball in play against Jake Fishman Tuesday.
Jake Fishman provided a shutdown inning out of the C’s pen by striking out the side in order, getting Rodriguez and Johnson swinging to open and close the sixth and ringing up Ziegler in between.
The bottom of the sixth also saw a new pitcher as the Volcanoes brought in Aaron Phillips but he could not match Fishman’s effort as he walked Lizardo before Brandon Polizzi chopped a one-out double over the head of Matheny at third to bring Lizardo to third. Taylor kept the inning going with a two-out walk to load the bases before Warmoth took one for the team to score Lizardo with Vancouver’s sixth run. Clemens fell behind in the count at 1-2 but took three pitches outside the strike zone to allow Polizzi to stroll home to make it 7-3 C’s. Luis Pino was brought into the game and ended the inning by striking out Adams.
Logan Warmoth and Kacy Clemens have a chat with first base coach Jose Mayorga during a pitching change in the sixth inning.
Fishman continued to dominate out of the C’s pen as he struck out two more batters in a perfect seventh, getting Garcia looking and Medrano swinging. Alex Bostic also put together a clean inning for the Volcanoes to wrap up the seventh.
Chris Hall took over in the top of the eighth and got the first two outs when he whiffed Geraldo but issued walks to Calabrese and Rodriguez. Hall was able to escape that jam by getting Ziegler to fly out to center. John Timmins was the newest pitcher for the Volcanoes and he put up a zero despite a Pruitt infield single to short.
Hall was greeted by a line-drive single up the middle by Johnson to start the ninth but struck out Garcia and Kirby to leave him an out away from finishing the game. Johnson made it to second on defensive indifference and would score on an error by Taylor on a groundball from Medrano. C’s manager Rich Miller decided not to take any chances as he summoned closer William Ouellette from the bullpen and Ouellette got the final out by retiring Matheny on a fly ball to left.
Radar Gun Rundown
Sellers had pitches that came in from 76-95 miles per hour. His fastball was around 90-92 with offspeed offerings in the mid-80’s.
Huffman was at 82 on the low end and 95 on the high end. He had a strikeout at 94. Aleton dropped in curveballs at 66 and 71 and was at 90-92 with his heater and had a strikeout at 91.
Pruitt and Warmoth had two hits apiece with Pruitt stealing his 23rd base of the year. Warmoth was on base three times to lead the C’s after getting hit by a pitch and scored twice. Clemens added a hit, a walk and two runs batted in while Lizardo also had a knock and a walk. Though Taylor was the only Canadian not to get a hit, he did draw a walk so every batter in a Vancouver uniform got on base at least once. The C’s had 14 baserunners on 10 hits, three walks and a plunk. They were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position while stranding eight.
Sellers had a 3-3 K/BB total over 2-2/3 innings in which he allowed a run on two hits. Huffman walked one and struck out one to conclude the third. Aleton allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout over two frames. Fishman earned the win with two perfect frames with five K’s. Hall struck out three but was nicked for an uneared run on a hit and two walks over 1-2/3 innings. Ouellette picked up his ninth save of the year in a game that took three hours and 39 minutes to play.
The C’s managed to carry one and win this one despite a number of roster moves made before the game. Shortstop Kevin Vicuna, first baseman David Jacob and righthander Yonardo Herdenez were promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts. Lefty Miguel Burgos is back with the C’s after being summoned from Bluefield while fellow southpaw Travis Bergen is back for a third tour of duty in YVR after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League. Catcher Cam O’Brien—son of former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Charlie O’Brien—was also added to Vancouver’s roster. O’Brien had to sit out 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine.
Burgos—who wore #20 to begin the year in Vancouver—is now wearing Vicuna’s #3, Bergen now has Jacob’s #23 and O’Brien takes over #27 that was worn by Bobby Eveld before he was sent down to the GCL.
Congratulations to 2014 C’s lefty Tim Mayza for his promotion to the Toronto Blue Jays. Mayza.
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A good day for Mayza but a bad day for 2012 C’s hurler Taylor Cole who was released by the Blue Jays after breaking his toe in his MLB debut.
Mike Ellenbest combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 Nuts win at Great Lakes!
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2016 C’s Josh Palacios and Nash Knight had three hits apiece in Lansing’s win over Great Lakes. Rodrigo Orozco (2015) and Nick Sinay (2016) also reached base three times with two hits apiece with Orozco walking and Sinay taking one for the team.
The 2015 C’s trio of Connor Panas, Juan Kelly and J.C. Cardenas had two hits apiece as Dunedin doubled up Palm Beach. Panas had a three-run homer and drove in four while Kelly doubled and knocked home two. Zach Jackson (2016) got the final four outs, two by strikeout, to collect the save.
C’s Fast Forward
The C’s conclude this five-game series against Salem-Keizer Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. Jose Espada is expected to get the ball for Vancouver. The game will be on TSN Radio and CanadiansBaseball.com.
The C’s are 11-8 in the second half, which leaves them tied for first with Tri-City for first place in the North Division. Everett and Spokane are one game back at 10-9.