C’s Recap – Zeuch, Case & Davis Lead Peoria To Arizona Fall League Championship

Vancouver Canadians T.J. Zeuch

2016 Vancouver Canadians righthander T.J. Zeuch was the winning pitcher in the 2017 Arizona Fall League championship game.


C's RecapSix former Vancouver Canadians are getting a championship ring as their Peoria Javelinas upended the Mesa Solar Sox 8-2 in the Arizona Fall League final at Scottsdale Stadium Saturday.

2016 C’s pitcher T.J. Zeuch got the start for the Javelinas and he was greeted by three solid singles and a sacrifice fly that gave the Solar Sox a 2-0 lead four batters in before getting a double-play ball to end the frame. The second inning saw the 6-foot-7 hurler give up two more hits in the second but he kept Mesa off the board. Zeuch had his first 1-2-3 inning in the third and got another double play ball to end a one-hit fourth. He faced the minimum for a third time with a perfect fifth. Zeuch gave up a base hit to start the sixth but erased that by inducing his third double play grounder of the day. However, he gave up another single and that was the end of the line for the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays first rounder.

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Andrew Case contributed 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief in the AFL title game for Peoria.


The ball was turned over to 2014-2015 C’s righthander Andrew Case. The Saint John, New Brunswick native sat down all four hitters he faced by getting an inning-ending strikeout in the sixth before getting three fly ball outs in the seventh, the last two caught by his 2014 C’s teammate, center fielder Jonathan Davis.

The Javelinas leadoff hitter helped lead their comeback by taking one for the team in the third. He would then steal second before scoring on a single by Atlanta Braves prospect Ronald Acuna to tie the game at 2-2. Davis was again hit by a pitch in the fourth to join fellow Blue Jays prospects Lourdes Gourriel Jr. on the bases after he began the frame with a walk. Gourriel and Davis would score on another Acuna single to expand Peoria’s lead to 6-2. Davis would line a triple to center to begin the eighth and would score for the third time on another three-bagger by Boston prospect Michael Chavis for the Javelinas’ seventh run.

Vancouver Canadians Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis reached base three times and scored three times in the AFL championship game.


The C’s trio who saw action in the championship game all wrapped up successful seasons in Arizona. Davis hitting .295/.387/.410 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with six doubles, a home run, 13 runs batted in and stole seven bases in eight attempts in the regular season. Case put up nothing but zeros in his fall ball stint with 10 shutout innings by allowing just eight hits and one walk while striking out six to win both of his decisions. Zeuch posted a 1-1 record with a 3.44 earned run average of 18 innings with a 15-4 K/BB total and a 0.98 WHIP. Zeuch was singled out by MLB.com‘s Jim Callis as one of the 10 standouts from the championship contest.

Even though they did not see any action in Saturday’s game, catcher Max Pentecost (2014), lefthander Danny Young (2015) and Jackson McClelland (2015-2016) will also be fitted for championship bling.

Pentecost struggled with the stick in the AFL by slashing just .195/.267/.293 with one double and one dinger while stealing a base in his only attempt. He struck out 17 times in 41 at-bats. Young also had a rough go of it on the mound with a 16.43 ERA over 7-2/3 innings. McClelland had an ERA of 7.20 over 10 innings but earned a save, finished off four games for Peoria and struck out eight against a pair of walks.

Congratulations to the Vancouver six on becoming Arizona Fall League champions.

C-Notes

C's NotesCongratulations to the Northwest League champion C’s on winning the Ballpark Digest 2017 Continued Excellence Award.

The date for C’s Annual Hot Stove Luncheon is January 26, 2018. Tickets are now on sale. The event is a fundraiser to support the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation.

And now a look at the C’s past and present on Twitter…

Spot the three Vancouver Canadians signatures!

 

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