C’s Recap – Salem-Keizer Slips Past Canadians In 10 On Canada Day

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Griffin Conine was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in against Salem-Keizer Sunday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians lost in their first-ever game under the new extra innings rules put in place by Minor League Baseball. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes emerged with a 5-4 victory over the C’s in 10 innings on Cadnada Day.

The Canadians got on the board first in their first at-bat. Vinny Capra jumped on the second pitch of the game from Volcanoes starter Gregory Santos for a line-drive single to left field. Capra would advance to second on a wild pitch but found himself in a rundown between second and third on a ground ball to short by Yorman Rodriguez. Capra was able to buy enough time for Rodriguez to take his place at second base. Griffin Conine would double down the left field line with two outs to score Rodriguez.

Vancouver Canadians Elio Silva

Elio Silva was charged with three runs over 5-1/3 innings Sunday.


Vancouver lefthander Elio Silva shut down the Volcanoes until the sixth when Kyle McPherson walked and that was followed by singles from Diego Rincones and Trevor Abrams to load the bases. David Villar tied the game with an RBI single to left and Robinson Medrano also singled to left to bring home two runs that gave Salem-Keizer a 3-1 lead. That led to Denis Diaz taking over for Silva.

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Griffin Conine is called out at the plate after Chris Corbett applies the tag in the sixth inning.


The C’s got one run back in the home half of the sixth when Christopher Bec tripled and scored on a Rodriguez grounder to short. Conine drilled a single up the middle and tried to score on a Jake Brodt double but was thrown out at the plate to stop that rally.

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Yorman Rodriguez had a double and scored two runs in his 2018 C’s debut.


Salem-Keizer restored their two-run advantage when Medrano took Diaz deep to left field in the top of the eighth. The C’s would rally for two runs in the bottom of the eighth off Volcanoes reliever Mack Meyer. Bec singled to right and scampered to third on a Rodriguez double to left. A Conine groundout to short scored Bec and moved Rodriguez to third. Meyer uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Rodriguez to score the tying run.

The Volcanoes would break the tie in the 10th when a Juan Nunez wild pitch moved  Villar to third base. Medrano would line out to Lizardo at third for the first out but a Wander Franco walk put runners on the corners. Nunez induced a high bouncer to Brandon Polizzi at second but pinch-runner Christopher Burks avoided the tag as Polizzi had to settle for the out at first. That allowed Villar to cross home plate with the winning run.

The bottom of the 10th featured a lot of confusion. It had appeared Bec had lined out to first and Capra was doubled off at second. A reversed call by the umpiring crew resulted in Capra and Bec being safe, much to the ire of Volcanoes skipper Hector Borg. Rodriguez would hit into a 6-4-3 double play before Jesus Tona struck out Conine swinging to leave Capra at third and end the game.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconSilva threw pitches as low as 72-76 miles per hour and as high as 85-90.

Diaz pitched from the low 80’s to as a high as 92.

Law had strikeouts of 81 and 97 and averaged 93-94 with his fastball.

C-Notes

C's NotesSilva was able to escape a bases-loaded situation in the first after retiring the first two hitters. Singles by Rincones and Abrams were moved up 90 feet when Silva’s pickoff throw went into center field. A walk to Villar loaded the bases but Silva struck out Medrano to leave them loaded. Silva was in a groove by allowing just one hit and one walk over the next four innings before allowing three runs in the sixth.

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Connor Law was able to get out of trouble in pitching a scoreless ninth inning.


Connor Law also got into a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. A leadoff walk to Nico Giarratano started the trouble and though he struck out Jose Layer, Law walked McPherson before he plunked Rincones in the leg with one out. Rincones slammed his bat to the ground in frustration as the league’s top hitter wanted a chance to swing the bat. Law struck out Abrams for the second out and retired Villar on a 3-2 pitch with a fly ball to right field.
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Canadian Tanner Kirwer was put into the starting lineup on Canada Day Sunday.


Sherwood Park, Alberta native Tanner Kirwer had a pair of infield hits on Canada Day. After getting aboard with one out in the fifth, he stole second and third base but Capra and Polizzi struck out swinging.

McGregory Contreras started the seventh with a leadoff base hit to left but was thrown out trying to steal second. Polizzi followed with a single to center but that was all the C’s would manage.

Polizzi got into scoring position in the ninth after a two-out walk and a stolen base but Capra struck out swinging.

Lizardo went 0-for-4 Sunday to end a 10-game hitting streak. That dropped his batting average to .298 after starting the day at .326.

The C’s were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and seven men were left stranded. They fall to 7-10 on the season but are just two games behind Everett for first place in the North Division. The AquaSox lost a doubleheader in Eugene Sunday. Tri-City is in between Everett and Vancouver at 8-8.

Sean Wymer (0-1, 9.82) gets the start for Vancouver in the fourth game of this five-game series. The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and on TSN 1040. Pregame show is 12:00 pm and Rob Fai will have the call of the first pitch at 1:05 pm.

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