Cameron O’Brien—with first base coach Jose Mayorga (#12)— had a lot to smile about as he had hits in his first four at-bats and scored the winning run Tuesday night.
It was another long night at Nat Bailey Stadium but it was also another good one for the Vancouver Canadians as they overcame a three-run deficit to hammer the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-5 at Nat Bailey Stadium Wednesday. Tuesday’s game lasted three hours and 39 minutes while Wednesday’s contest “breezed by” at 3:29. Wednesday’s victory was the fourth in a row for Vancouver—all against the Volcanoes—as they took the season series seven games to three.
Jose Espada was the first man on the hill for Vancouver and he got into a jam early when he hit Bryce Johnson with a pitch with one away before a two-out single by Ryan Kirby brought Johnson to third. Espada was one strike away from getting out of the first but Kirby took off for second to draw a throw from catcher Owen Spiwak. When Deiferson Barreto caught the throw from Spiwak, Johnson took off to score the game’s first run. Barreto then threw the ball to Kacy Clemens who applied the tag on Kirby to end the frame.
Norberto Obeso was on base four times with a double, two singles and a walk.
Norberto Obeso was the first Canadians player to reach base with a one-out walk against Peter Lannoo but that was all the home side could manage in their first at-bat.
Salem-Keizer would add another run in the second when Manuel Geraldo singled with one out, stole second and eventually scored on a Dylan Manwaring double off the wall in center.
The C’s first hit of the game went to newcomer Cameron O’Brien as the designated hitter pulled a single to right field on a 3-2 pitch in his first Northwest League at-bat. O’Brien would be forced out on the front end of an inning-ending double play ball by Bryan Lizardo.
The Volcanoes would tack on another run in the third inning when Johnson singled with one out and moved up another 90 feet on an Espada wild pitch. Espada then took a line drive off the leg from Logan Baldwin to put runners at the corners. Espada would shake off the injury but gave up a sacrifice fly to Kirby to make it 3-0 Salem-Keizer.
The Volcanoes began the bottom of the third by throwing some leather at the C’s bats. Spiwak was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Baldwin near the right field line. Barreto could have also filed a police report when his line drive was snared by a diving Junior Amion at second. Just when it appeared it was not going to be a good inning for the C’s, they would catch a break when Manwaring could not catch the ball from Lannoo after Reggie Pruitt struck out as Pruitt managed to get to first to keep the inning alive. Obeso would make S-K pay with a double to center to score Pruitt with Vancouver’s first run. Logan Warmoth stepped up and hit one up the middle to plate Obeso to plate the C’s second run.
Espada rewarded his offence with his first clean inning of the game, ringing up Manwaring looking to end the top of the fourth. Brock Lundquist opened the bottom of the frame by lining a base hit to left and moved to second on O’Brien second hit of the game. With two out, Barreto got a ball through on the left side of the infield for a base hit as Lundquist rounded third and headed for home but he was thrown out at the plate by Johnson in left field to preserve the Volcanoes’ 3-2 advantage.
Miguel Burgos supplied three shutout innings of relief to match his new uniform number.
The visitors would get their first three hitters on base to begin the fifth when Amion reached on an infield single to short that was deflected by Espada. Ziegler would follow with a walk before Johnson loaded the bases with a bunt single to third. That was the end of the line for Espada as lefty Miguel Burgos was summoned from the bullpen. Burgos got ahead of Baldwin with two strikes but wound up plunking him to bring in Amion with the fourth Volcanoes’ run. Kirby then added another run-scoring fly ball to score Ziegler to expand the Salem-Keizer lead to three. Burgos would get himself out of the inning with a pickoff of Johnson at second base before Spiwak threw out Baldwin trying to steal second for out number three.
Brock Lundquist started the C’s comeback with a two-run single in the fifth as part of a three-hit performance.
Pruitt reached base on a throwing error by Garcia at short to begin the home half of the fifth and an Obeso single would result in a pitching change from Lannoo to Andy Rohloff and his funky leg-kick delivery. Warmoth grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Obeso at second and Clemens popped up to short. Warmoth would swipe second before he and Pruitt scored when Lundquist drilled a single to left to cut the Volcanoes’ lead to 5-4. O’Brien doubled to right to send Lundquist over to third. Rohloff induced a ground ball to first from Lizardo that should have ended the inning but Kirby botched it to allow Lundquist to score the tying run. Things got worse for Rohloff when he uncorked a wild pitch to allow O’Brien to cross the pentagon with the go-ahead run to cap off a four-run frame.
Salem-Keizer tried to get that run back in the sixth when Garcia hit a double to right but Burgos struck out Geraldo on the way to retiring the next three hitters to keep the home side ahead.
Logan Warmoth is greeted after scoring his second run of the game.
The C’s got something cooking again when Barreto singled and Pruitt walked to begin the sixth before Warmoth loaded the bases with one out on a base rap to left. Clemens picked up his first hit of the night by pulling a single to right to bring home Barreto and Pruitt. Alex Bostic took over on the mound but he could not stop the C’s momentum as Lundquist doubled to right to cash in Warmoth and Clemens. Lundquist was caught stealing at third before O’Brien collected his fourth hit in as many at-bats with a single to left.
Burgos gave up a single to Amion and issued a walk to Ziegler but induced a 6-3 double play turned by Warmoth to help send away the Volcanoes in the seventh. Tyler Schimpf entered the game on the hill for Salem-Keizer in the second half of the seventh and overcame a pair of two-out singles by Obeso and Warmoth to keep Vancouver from adding to their double-digit run total.
Brayden Bouchey dominated with two clean innings for the C’s.
Just when it appeared the game was going to easily surpass the four-hour mark at one point, Brayden Bouchey restored my faith in humanity by throwing strikes and plenty of them. He wound up striking out the side by getting Garcia, Geraldo and Michael Sexton all swinging. The C’s went down quietly in the eighth as O’Brien lined out to center as his bid for a 5-for-5 night was denied. The top of the ninth saw Bouchey fall behind in the count 3-0 to Manwaring but he got the Volcanoes catcher looking for his fourth strikeout. Amion made contact with a fly out to left but Bouchey got Ziegler swinging to send everyone home “early” and happy.
Radar Gun Rundown
Espada threw from 80-84 to 90-93 miles per hour, touching 95. He had a strikeout at 86.
Burgos was around 77-86.
Bouchey was clocked at 76-91 with strikeouts at 91, 79, 90 and 77.
O’Brien had four hits while the trio of Obeso, Warmoth and Lundquist had three apiece. Barreto also contributed two of the 17 hits on the night for Vancouver. The C’s also added a pair of walks on the evening. They were 6-for-15 with runners at second and third and left nine men on base.
Espada gave up five runs over seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over four frames. Miguel Burgos stranded one of three runners but scattered two hits and a free pass with one strikeout to improve to 2-0. Bouchey struck out five in two perfect innings as the C’s hurlers compiled a 7-2 K/BB total on the night.
2014 C’s lefty Tim Mayza made his major league debut with a scoreless ninth inning in the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday. Wearing #58, Mayza survived a pair of hits with a strikeout of Peter Bourjos.
Nick Sinay went 2-for-3 with his league-leading 34th HBP of the year in the Lugnuts’ 12-2 loss tonight.
— Lansing Lugnuts (@LansingLugnuts) August 16, 2017
— Lansing Lugnuts (@LansingLugnuts) August 15, 2017
Nick Sinay HBP No. 34.
He’s two away from the Midwest League single-season record, in just 65 games. To put it into MLB perspective: pic.twitter.com/MJ3dt2cvDm
— Jesse G-S (@jgoldstrass) August 16, 2017
Don’t nick my Nick Sinay puns.
(He was hit for a 33rd time this year earlier today, three away from tying the league record.) https://t.co/K4TPuW1EBX
— Jesse G-S (@jgoldstrass) August 15, 2017
— Ryan Mueller (@MuellerRyan11) August 16, 2017
— Ryan Mueller (@MuellerRyan11) August 16, 2017
C’s Fast Forward
The C’s are in Spokane for a four-game series beginning Wednesday night at Avista Stadium. Game times are 6:30 pm and can be heard at CanadiansBaseball.com. Vancouver remains tied with the Tri-City Dust Devils for first place in the North Division as both teams share identical second-half records of 12-8. Spokane is one game back and Everett is two off the pace.