C’s Recap – AquaSox Get Max Effort From Roberts

Vancouver Canadians Sean Wymer

Sean Wymer waits for the ball after uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Garcia to slide home with Everett’s first run Monday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians tried to rally from a 5-0 deficit but the Everett AquaSox prevailed with a 5-4 win to spoil the C’s home opener at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Sean Wymer got the start for Vancouver and he retired the Frogs in order in a 15-pitch first inning that included a strikeout. Wymer got the leadoff man to start the second but Ryan Garcia doubled to left and went to third on an Onil Pena single. Garcia would then come home on a wild pitch with the game’s first run. After striking out Bobby Honeyman, Wymer tried to get out of the inning but he served up a two-run home run to Nick Rodriguez to make it 3-0 Everett. Charlie McConnell then singled to chase Wymer from the game.

Vancouver Canadians Will McAffer

North Vancouver, BC’s Will McAffer got to pitch in front of the hometown crowd Monday.


North Vancouver native Will McAffer made his home debut and was greeted by a McConnell stolen base before Connor Kopach singled to increase the AquaSox lead to four. McAffer did get the final out of the second by getting Jansiel Rivera looking at strike three.

McAffer struck out the first batter he faced in the third but issued walks to Jake Anchia and Garcia. A Pena groundout moved both runners into scoring position and Honeyman brought into Anchia with a base hit to right for the fifth Everett run. Lefthander Marcus Reyes was brought in for one batter and he retired Rodriguez on a fly ball to limit the damage.

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Nick Podkul would drive the first two runs for the C’s Monday night.


Max Roberts shut down the Canadians offence with six perfect innings but lost the perfect game bid by walking Vinny Capra to start the seventh. The no-hit bid would go out the window when Tanner Kirwer lined a single to left. Nick Podkul would step up to the plate and smack a two-run double to put Vancouver to within three.

Vancouver Canadians Reilly Johnson

Reilly Johnson is congratulated after hitting his first professional home run Monday.


Ulises Perez relieved Roberts and retired the first two men he faced but Reilly Johnson would tag him with a two-run home run into the C’s bullpen in left field to cut the Frogs lead to a single run.

Perez came back for the eighth inning and surrendered a leadoff double to Bryan Lizardo off the short left field fence. Brandon Polizzi flied out to shallow right field and was unable to advance Lizardo to third. Lizardo did get to third when Capra grounded out to second for the second out.

Kirwer kept the inning alive with a walk but Podkul struck out against Noah Zavolas, one pitch after Podkul fouled one straight back, missing his pitch to hit. Zavolas would set down the side in order with back-to-back whiffs to end the game.

C-Notes

C's NotesReyes, Joey Murray, Nick Allegeyer and Dalton Rodriguez combined for 6-1/3 shutout innings of relief. Murray struck out two to offset a hit and a walk over two innings. Allgeyer whiffed four over his two frames of one-hit ball. Rodriguez overcame two hits over two innings with a couple of strikeouts.

Capra showed nice range at short by moving to his left over the second base bag to retire McConnell in the ninth. Sterling Guzman was able to stretch out enough at first base to complete the play.

Johnson hit his first professional home run after not hitting one for Bluefield last season.

Vancouver had just four hits and two walks while striking out 13 times. The C’s fall to 2-4 on the season while the AquaSox won their third straight to improve to 3-3.

The second game of this series goes at 7:05 pm Thursday. Opening Day starter Randy Pondler gets the ball for the C’s. Carlos Hernandez is slated to start for the AquaSox. Rob Fai will have the call of the game on TSN 1040 in Vancouver and CanadiansBaseball.com. First pitch is at 7:05 pm. The pre-game show begins at 6:00 pm on TSN 1040.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconWymer had strikeouts at 92 and 93 miles per hour. The home run ball came on an 85 MPH offering. McAffer had two strikeouts at 78 and 74MPH and was up to 90. Murray had a strikeout at 80 and checked in at 90. Allegeyer recorded whiffs at 74 and 72. His pitches also clocked in a 77, 80, 84, 90 and 93. Rodriguez had strikeouts at 84 and 91. He scraped 94 and was at 84 on the low end.

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About Niall O'Donohoe

My name is Niall O’Donohoe and I am an avid follower of baseball, specifically Canada’s Teams – the Toronto Blue Jays and their affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. My blog beginnings began in 2007 with Batter’s Box, where I’m still allowed to write stories, summaries and photos about the Blue Jays minor league system under the alias #2JBrumfield. The blog formerly known as Niall On Baseball, C’s Plus Baseball follows the C’s from behind the lens at Nat Bailey Stadium. The reason for the name change was to reflect the main purpose of this blog, which is to deliver plus coverage of the C’s through photos and observations of the players striving to make it to the major leagues, be it with Toronto or one of the other 29 MLB teams. From time to time, I do make it to other baseball games outside of The Nat and will post about them here as well. If you like what you see here, please spread the word about CsPlusBaseball.ca by tweeting about this website or using your favourite social media platform about this website that pledges to deliver awesome content about Canada’s only affiliated professional minor league baseball club. Thanks for visiting!
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