Brett Wright‘s second home run of the season gave Vancouver all it would need Monday.

C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians won their second straight series and clinched a winning homestand by shutting out the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-0 at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday afternoon.

All the scoring came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brett Wright led off with a solo home run to left field off Salem righthander Norwith Gudino. Newcomer Otto Lopez singled home the second run to drive in Tanner Kirwer after he reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base. Lopez advanced to second on the throw to the plate and would come home on a Hunter Steinmetz single up the middle. Chris Bec would cap off the scoring with his first professional home run, a two-run shot to the porch in left field against Volcanoes lefty Doug Still.


Justin Watts struck out six in three innings or relief to collect the victory Monday.

Sean Wymer pitched three shutout innings and only gave up two hits while striking out one. Justin Watts followed with three more innings of one-hit ball and struck out six for his first Northwest League victory. Joey Murray scattered three hits and struck out five over two innings. Will McAffer finished up with a perfect ninth in which he struck out one.


Chris Bec clubbed his first professional home run to round out the scoring Monday.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconWymer’s pitches clocked in from 79-94 miles per hour, touching 98 at one point.

Watts was around 90 miles per hour with one strikeout at 78.

Murray reached 95 while McAffer was around 74-95 with a strikeout at 92.


Wymer took a line drive off the leg from Kyle McPherson before throwing him out for the second out of the first inning.

C's NotesWright’s first at-bat was a strange one in the second. The ball went off the knob of his bat after he tried to avoid an inside pitch from Gudino. Volcanoes catcher Ricardo Genoves pounced on the ball up the third base line to retire Wright.

Kirwer picked up an assist in left field as he threw out Jose Layer trying to extend a single into a double. Lopez made the tag at second to end the inning.

Watts gave up just an infield single to first to Trevor Abrams in the sixth as he was unable to get to the first base bag in time when he got the toss from Jake Brodt.

Murray had two baserunners to deal with in his two innings of work. He stranded a Robinson Medrano walk and a Wander Franco double by striking out Genoves to end the seventh. He struck out McPherson and Diego Rincones to end the eighth after surrendering base hits to Dalton Combs and Layer.

Brodt and Jesus Severino were among seven different C’s hitters to record one base hit. Only Griffin Conine and Sterling Guzman did not join the hit parade. Kirwer stole his eighth base of the year. Brodt was thrown out trying to steal first on a strike ’em out/throw ’em out that ended the sixth. The Canadians were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left just two men on.

Lopez made his C’s debut after beginning the year in Bluefield where he batted .364 in seven games. The 19 year-old righthanded hitter from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic was a free agent signing by the Blue Jays 2016. The 5-foot-10 infielder made his pro debut last year in the Gulf Coast League where he hit .275 in 51 contests. He has been assigned #5, which was worn by outfielder Freddy Rodriguez before he was promoted to Lansing.

The C’s also added righthanded pitcher Mitch McKown to the roster. The Blue Jays 21st round pick in 2016 out of Seminole Junior College in Florida made his 2018 debut with a scoreless inning with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. The 22 year-old from Orlando went 3-1 with a 3.55 earned run average over 25-1/3 innings with Bluefield last year.

The C’s and Volcanoes close out this five-game series Tuesday night in a 7:05 pm first pitch at Nat Bailey Stadium. Rob Fai will call the action on TSN 1040. Pregame show is at 6:00 pm. Vancouver lefty Randy Pondler (0-3, 5.14) will pitch again Salem-Keizer righty Keaton Winn (0-0, 1.50)




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