C’s Recap – Spokane Shuts Out C’s For Series Victory

Vancouver Canadians Nick Podkul

Nick Podkul had a pair of doubles in Spokane Monday night.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians have dropped their third series in as many tries in 2018. The Spokane Indians won the rubber match of the three-game set with a 5-0 victory over the C’s at Avista Stadium Monday night. That’s the fourth time the Canadians have been shutout this season.

Elio Silva yielded just one hit over the first two innings but Spokane got to him for a run in third. Isaias Quiroz ripped a double to third and Silva balked him over to third. One out later, Miguel Aparicio produced a run-scoring fly ball to score Quiroz.

Spokane added two more runs in the fourth when Starling Joseph singled and Disobel Arias singled. Arias would get himself into scoring position by stealing second and he and Joseph scored on a Kevin Mendoza single to center. Mendoza was cut down trying to stretch for a double on a 8-6-3 putout.

Vancouver Canadians Orlando Pascual

Orlando Pascual pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the C’s Monday.


Silva pitched into the sixth but did not retire anybody in that frame as Arias singled before Curtis Terry took him deep for a two-run home run to left field to make it 5-0 Spokane. Orlando Pascual replaced Silva and prevented further damage despite a walk to Quiroz and a hit by pitch to Obie Ricumstrict. Connor Law pitched a clean seventh and retired the next two hitters in the eighth but a Juan Ventura single, a Quiroz walk and a Ricumstrict single produced the sixth and final Spokane run.

Vancouver Canadians Sterling Guzman

Sterling Guzman doubled and singled in three trips to the plate.


C-Notes

C's NotesThe Canadians did not get their first hit against Spokane starter Ryan Dease until Sterling Guzman singled to the mound to start the third. McGregory Contreras was plunked by a pitch with two outs but Christopher Bec hit into a fielder’s choice to end that rally. Guzman led off with the fifth with a double and made it to third on a Freddy Rodriguez grounder to first but Jesus Navarro popped out to first in foul territory and Contreras grounded out to second to come away empty-handed.

After his two-out double in the fourth was wasted, Nick Podkul started the seventh with another double but a Reilly Johnson groundout to short did not advance the runner. A Guzman groundout to the mound kept Podkul put at second and a Rodriguez groundout to second left Podkul to wait for his glove to play second in the bottom of the seventh.

Vancouver Canadians Brandon Polizzi

Brandon Polizzi collected a pinch-hit single in the ninth.


Navarro worked a walk to begin the eighth against Spokane reliever Sean Chandler and stole second during a Contreras strikeout. Griffin Conine took one for the team with two outs but Jake Brodt went down swinging. Johnson flared a single to second and Brandon Polizzi came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit single for Guzman but the infield fly rule was called on a Rodriguez pop-up to short and Navarro popped up to the catcher Quiroz in foul territory to end the suffering.

Vancouver was 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and nine men were left on. Silva gave up five runs on nine hits over five-plus innings to drop to 1-1 but he struck out five with zero walks. Pascual had the lone scoreless appearance with a shutout sixth. Law gave up a run on two hits and a walk while whiffing one in two innings.


The 3-8 C’s return home Tuesday to start an eight-game homestand that will extend just past the Canada Day weekend. The Tri-City Dust Devils are in town for the first of three with Sean Wymer scheduled to throw the first pitch at 7:05 pm. Wymer is looking to atone for last Wednesday when he was charged with the loss during the team’s home opener in which he lasted just 1-2/3 innings. Tuesday’s game will feature the Canadians wearing the first of three throwback jerseys in 2018.

The other games of this series are set for Wednesday at 7:05 pm and Thursday at 1:05 pm. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games are on TSN 1040 in Vancouver with the pre-game show at 6:00 pm.

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes then visit Vancouver for a five-game series beginning Friday at 7:05 pm. Saturday’s game is also at 7:05 pm first pitch while Sunday and Monday’s games are scheduled for 1:05 pm. The homestand finale goes Tuesday at 7:05 pm. All eight games of the homestand are available on CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai.

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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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