Bryan Lizardo slides into third after a triple in the third inning Wednesday.
The Vancouver Canadians and Tri-City Dust Devils will have a rubber match at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday afternoon. The Dust Devils destroyed the C’s 9-2 to even up the three-game series Wednesday evening.
Tri-City began the scoring in the second inning when Dwayna Williams-Sutton led off with a double to left field off Vancouver southpaw Randy Pondler. Mason House flied out to left and Williams-Sutton tagged up to go to third before changing his mind. The throw from C’s left fielder McGregory Contreras to second baseman Nick Podkul appeared to be in time to get Williams-Sutton at second. Podkul could not believe the call as he pleaded his care to the umpire. Instead, Williams-Sutton was ruled safe and he would score on a Kelvin Alarcon double to right.
The Dust Devils scored again in the third when Williams-Sutton’s infield single to first scored a Blake Hunt single. Jake Brodt made a nice diving play to get to the ball but could not get the ball to Pondler covering the bag in time.
Vinny Capra talks strategy with Brandon Polizzi (#4) before his third inning at-bat.
Vancouver fought back with two runs in the home half of the third against Dust Devils starter Henry Henry. Bryan Lizardo lined a triple down the right field line and scored on a Tanner Kirwer single to center. A passed ball and throwing error by Hunt allowed Kirwer to scamper to third before scoring the tying run on a Vinny Capra sacrifice fly to left.
Tanner Kirwer makes it home to tie the game at 2-2 for the C’s in the third.
The beginning of the end for the C’s was a bunt single by Alacron to start the fourth that remained fair down the first base line after the ball hit a pebble of dirt. A bloop single to center by Reinaldo Illarraza and another base knock from Aldemar Burgos scored Alacron and chased Pondler from the game. Denis Diaz took over but a Capra throwing error resulted in Illarazza scoring. A fielding error by Lizardo at third resulted in Burgos crossing the plate to make it 5-2 Dust Devils.
Cobi Johnson began the sixth for the C’s and retired the first two hitters but a walk to Luis Ascunsion, a wild pitch and back-to-back doubles by Curry and Williams-Sutton increased Tri-City’s lead to five.
The Dust Devils added two more in the ninth against Juan Nunez when Ilarraza walked and scored on a two-run home run to Owen Miller.
Dust Devils lefty Dan Dallas—a first cousin of Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt—Dylan Coleman and Diomar Lopez pitched shutout relief for Henry after he lasted 5-2/3 innings for the win.
Radar Gun Rundown
Pondler was around 87-90 miles per hour with strikeouts at 78, 82 and 84. Diaz was around was around 80-82 and 92-93 with strikeouts at 84 and 82. Johnson was around 72-74 and 89-92 and had a strikeout at 95 to end his night. Nunez clocked in around 94-95.
Brett Wright had a long night behind the plate for Vancouver Wednesday.
Lizardo had two of the six Vancouver hits. Kirwer, Contreras, Capra and Podkul had the others.
Contreras earned an assist from left field by throwing out Hunt at third on a 7-6 play to Capra covering the bag. It happened after Lizardo was charged with a fielding error at third that allowed Burgos to score in the fourth.
Tri-City totaled 17 hits and five walks and forced Canadians pitchers to throw a combined 205 pitches. C’s catcher Brett Wright made his debut and deserves the rest of the week off after that workload. Wright was promoted after a two-game trial with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and drew a walk in four at-bats Wednesday. He was the 26th round pick of the Blue Jays earlier this month out of Auburn where he caught number one overall pick Casey Mize who was selected by Detroit. Wright is wearing #17.
Jesus Severino took over first base for Brodt in the top of the eighth and struck out swinging in his lone plate appearance. Severino played two games for the C’s last year. He is wearing #10.
The two teams conclude this three-game set at 1:05 pm Thursday afternoon in another ‘Nooner at the Nat’. Jose Espada (0-2, 9.82) and Adrian Martinez (0-0, 9.00) are listed as the probable starters for the C’s and Double-D’s respectively.
The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and AM 1410 in Vancouver with Rob Fai.
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