C’s Recap – Electric Elio Eliminates Emeralds

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Sterling Guzman drove in the winning run and scored another in Eugene Tuesday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians head home in a four-way tie for first place in the Northwest League North Division. The C’s salvaged the final game of their five-game set against the Eugene Emeralds with a 4-1 victory at P.K. Park Tuesday. The victory improves Vancouver’s record to 2-3, the same record as Everett, Tri-City and Spokane.

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McGregory Contreras opened the scoring with an RBI double Tuesday.


After failing to take advantage of four Eugene errors Monday, the C’s did take advantage of a miscue that was not ruled an error. Chris Bec began the second inning with a walk against Eugene starter Jose Albertos before Sterling Guzman hit a ground ball to short. Em’s shortstop Luis Vazquez bobbled the ball and instead of a 6-4-3 double play, it was a 6-3 putout and Bec was able to make it to second base. McGregory Contreras followed with an opposite-field double down the right field line to score Bec with the game’s first run.

The Canadians added three more runs in the fourth when Bec singled, stole second base easily on Albertos and scored on a Guzman double that went to the wall in left-center field. Guzman would steal third and would manage to score after Alberto’s errant pick-off throw at third. With two outs in the inning, Jesus Navarro singled to chase Albertos from the game. Bryan Lizardo snapped a 0-for-12 skid with a single against Em’s reliever Eugenio Palma with Navarro getting to third and Lizardo moving up to second when Em’s right field Nelson Velazquez missed the cutoff man. A wild pitch from Albertos allowed Navarro to cross home plate with Vancouver’s fourth run.

Elio Silva made sure those runs stood up as he faced just one batter over the minimum in five innings. The only hit he surrendered was a single to Gustavo Polanco on an excuse-me swing to start the second. Polanco would get to third on a groundout and a wild pitch but Silva would get two groundouts to the mound and third to keep the Em’s off the board.

Juan Nunez kept the shutout going into the sixth with a one-hit inning but Velazquez took him deep for a solo shot in the seventh.

Nunez allowed three hits over two innings as he had trouble throwing his curveball for strikes.

Cobi Johnson worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning but was greeted by a Luis Diaz double to begin the ninth. Johnson would strike out Velazquez for the first out but a Polanco single advanced Diaz to third and brought the potential tying run to the plate. Johnson would strike out Cam Balego looking before inducing a tapper to the mound from Jonathan Soto. Johnson would calmly toss it to Guzman at first for the final out.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s had their chances to add a few more runs in this one. Among the missed opportunities…

  • Freddy Rodriguez & Navarro whiffed to end the second inning with Contreras on third.
  • Vinny Capra walked and eventually stole third but Reilly Johnson struck out for out number three.
  • Lizardo was picked off third to end the fourth inning.
  • Bec’s two-out double in the fifth was wasted when Guzman struck out.
  • A Capra single and a Brandon Polizzi walk moved into scoring position but Bec grounded out to end the seventh.
  • Lizardo and Capra drew one-out walks in the ninth against Eugene reliever Sean Barry but Polizzi hit into an inning-ending double play.

The C’s did not commit an error in this one. Navarro made a nice play to range well to his left and made an off-balance throw on a Soto ground ball to force out Balego at second in the seventh inning. Other plays of note included Guzman flagging down a high throw from Capra at short to retire Velazquez in the foruth. Rodriguez and Polizzi bumped into each other in right-center field but Rodriguez held on for the catch on a Vazquez fly ball in the sixth.

Vancouver had seven hits and six walks in this one. Capra was 1-for-2 with three walks while Bec had the only two-hit game.


2018 fourth-round pick Sean Wymer will get the start for the C’s home opener against the Everett AquaSox. Game time at Nat Bailey Stadium is at 7:05 pm. CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 will broadcast the game. Pre-game show on TSN 1040 is at 6:00 pm.

The home opener is a sell-out but tickets are still available for Thursday’s game at 7:05 pm and Friday’s game at 1:05 pm.


Three members of the 2017 Vancouver Canadians took part in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Kevin Vicuna was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored at second base. Outfielder Chavez Young was 0-for-4 while lefthander Dany Jimenez struck out the only batter he faced.

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They say good things happen when you put the ball in play… @Pan_Man27 did just that and plated the go-ahead run.

3-2 NH in the 8th! Listen: https://t.co/I7cqwyAQuA pic.twitter.com/nIw08g7mue

— NH Fisher Cats (@FisherCats) June 20, 2018

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