C’s Recap – A Sad Result As Assad Blanks C’s To Tie NWL Final At 1-1

Vancouver Canadians Reggie Pruitt

Reggie Pruitt drove in both runs for Vancouver Sunday afternoon.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians had a chance to bring home a 2-0 series lead back home but a bad first inning and a lack of hitting resulted in a 4-2 loss to the Eugene Emeralds in Game 2 of the Northwest League final at P.K. Park Sunday afternoon. That means the championship final is going to be at least four games and with the series now a best-of-five instead of a best-of-three, it may very well go the limit.

The C’s tried to get to Brendon Little in the first when Norberto Obeso and Kacy Clemens drew one-and-two-out walks respectively but the Chicago Cubs first-round pick whiffed a pair of batters, getting Riley Adams swinging to end the threat.

Eugene would get on the board when Austin Filiere launched a two-run home run to left to score a Jared Young single. Jhonny Bethencourt extended the rally with a two-out single and stole second base before racing home on a Gustavo Polanco base hit to make it 3-0 Eugene.

Vancouver Canadians Brock Lundquist

Brock Lundquist had the only multi-hit game for Vancouver in Game 2.


The C’s would chop the Em’s lead to one in the second when a pair of walks by Brock Lundquist and Deiferson Barreto were cashed in by a two-run triple from Reggie Pruitt.

Vancouver looked to tie the game in the fourth against reliever Javier Assad by loading the bases with one out when Lundquist singled, Samad Taylor reached on an error and Chavez Young walked. However, Barreto bunted into a strikeout despite the ball nearly hitting him for the first out before Pruitt grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The C’s tried again to tie it in the fifth when Obeso drew a leadoff walk but that went for naught. Eugene would score again in their at-bat in the fifth when Zach Davis bunted for a single, stole second base and scored on a Jared Young base knock against Espada, who was later lifted for Marcus Reyes.

After that, it was ‘Assad’ state of affairs for the C’s offence as Assad sat down the last 12 hitters he faced, striking out nine over six frames that included K-ing the side swinging in the eighth.

Lundquist greeted Jake Steffens with a double to center to start the ninth but Steffens needed just four pitches to retire Taylor, pinch-hitter Cam O’Brien and Chavez Young to close the game out for the Emeralds.

C-Notes

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Dany Jimenez contributed two-thirds of a scoreless inning out of the C’s bullpen.


C's NotesAfter 12 hits in Game 1, the C’s had only three in Game 2—two of them by Lundquist. Obeso drew two of the six walks for Vancouver but the C’s went down on strikes 13 times with Logan Warmoth and Riley Adams getting saddled with hat tricks. With runners in scoring position, Vancouver was 1-for-9 and left seven men on base.

Vancouver Canadians Grayson Huffman

Grayson Huffman capped off 3-1/3 scoreless innings from the Vancouver bullpen with two goose eggs.


Espada gave up four runs on six hits in 4-2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. At least the bullpen was on point as Reyes, Dany Jimenez and Grayson Huffman provided 3-1/3 innings of shutout relief with Jimenez and Huffman each striking out a batter.

C’s Alumni Update

2012 C’s outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was happy his favourite football team won.

 

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson gets the ball for Vancouver in Game 3 of the Northwest League final Monday.


Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s will send Nate Pearson to the mound while Eugene counters with Cory Abbott. Game time is 7:05 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and on TSN 1040 with Rob Fai.

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