C’s Recap – Capra & Conine Drive In Two But Canadians Drop Homestand Finale

Vancouver Canadians Griffin Conine

Griffin Conine clubbed his second home run of the year in a losing cause Tuesday.


The Vancouver Canadians had to settle for just three out of five against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes who pulled out a 5-4 victory over the C’s at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday night.

C's RecapThe Volcanoes jumped on Canadians lefthander Randy Pondler for three runs in the first inning. Kevin Rivera reached on a one-out error by Bryan Lizardo at third. Dalton Combs popped up to catcher Yorman Rodriguez for the second out but instead of the inning being over, David Villar launched a two-run home run to give the Volcanoes the early lead. Wander Franco would follow with a home run of his own to make it 3-0 for the vistors.

Vancouver would respond with a run in their half of the first when Otto Lopez tripled down the right field line off Volcanoes starter Keaton Winn and Vinny Capra‘s grounder to short brought Lopez home with the first run.

The C’s crept closer in the third when Brandon Polizzi reached on an error by lefthander Greg Jacknewitz and reached second on a Lopez grounder to short. Capra then doubled to right field to bring in Polizzi. Griffin Conine reached base on a strikeout-passed ball by William Albertson but McGregory Contreras struck out swinging to leave runners on the corners.

Mitch McKown entered the game for the C’s in the fourth and he had trouble finding the strike zone. Chris Corbett singled to start the frame before getting to second on a wild pitch. Walks to Mikey Edie and Nico Giarratano loaded the bases. Though Albertson struck out, a sacrifice fly by Jose Layer brought in Corbett to make it 4-2 Salem-Keizer.

Vancouver Canadianas Vinny Capra

Vinny Capra had a two-hit, two-RBI night for Vancouver Tuesday night.


Vancouver pulled to within one run again when Capra singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out double by Conine to left-center field. Contreras would leave Conine 180 feet away when he struck out swinging.

Vancouver Canadians Nick Allgeyer

Nick Allgeyer lowered his earned run average to 1.04 with three strikeouts over two shutout innings Tuesday.


Nick Allgeyer held down the fort with two innings of one-hit ball for Vancouver and fellow southpaw Marcus Reyes also put up two goose eggs. That allowed the C’s to  tie things up at 4-4 when Conine went deep to left field in the eighth to chase Jacknewitz from the game.

Reyes got a 4-6-3 double play ball from Rivera to erase a Layer single in the seventh and overcame a one-out double from Franco in the eighth but Reyes tempted fate again by surrendering a leadoff double to Giarratano in the ninth. Giarratano went to third on a wild pitch before Reyes struck out pinch-hitter Diego Rincones.  Reyes’ luck ran out when Layer punched a 2-2 pitch for a single past a drawn-in infield to score Giarratano. Reyes picked off Layer at first for the second out but needed two strikeouts to get out of the inning. Sterling Guzman dropped a ball at first on a strikeout of Rivera to allow him to reach base. Reyes would get Combs swinging to end the rally.

Guzman would reach base on a strikeout/wild pitch from Matt Frisbee to begin the ninth. Hunter Steinmetz came in to pinch-run but could not advance when Tanner Kirwer popped up a bunt right to Frisbee for the first out. Pinch-hitter Brett Wright struck out and Lopez flied out to right field for the final out.

C-Notes

C's NotesGuzman had the glove knocked out of his hand when he collided with Combs on the basepath near first base when he was trying to track down a pop up near the first base. Rodriguez made the catch instead.

Lopez was shaken up after sliding into third base with his leadoff triple in the first. He was able to recover and would eventually score the C’s first run.

Pondler settled down by retiring five straight before plunking Combs and walking Villar with one out in the third but was able to induce a 5-4-3 double play to end his outing.

Guzman singled with one out in the fourth and made it to second on a Kirwer sacrifice bunt which Kirwer almost beat out. Polizzi then reached base when Giarratano booted one at short but the Volcanoes shortstop caught Guzman off the third base bag on a 6-4-5 play to snuff out that scoring opportunity.

More baserunning misadventures for the C’s happened again in the sixth. Kirwer reached base on a fielder’s choice that erased a Guzman single at second but Kirwer was picked off at first by Jacknewitz to end the frame.

McKown has been assigned #18. That was worn by Orlando Pascual before he was promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts.

Congratulations goes out to 2017 C’s outfielder Brock Lundquist for his promotion to Dunedin. The Long Beach State product had an .817 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. His 13 home runs with the Lansing Lugnuts left him tied for second in the Midwest League.

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The Canadians head down Interstate 5 for a three-game series against the Everett AquaSox. Rob Fai will call the action on CanadiansBaseball.com at 7:05 pm Wednesday from Everett Memorial Stadium.

This marks a huge week for the C’s as they will return home for a three-game set against the Spokane Indians. Vancouver will need to reverse what was done to them by both the AquaSox and Indians earlier this year when Everett completed a three-game sweep at the Nat on Opening week and Spokane took two of three at Avista Stadium.

Vancouver is three games back of Everett for third place in the North Division with a record of 8-11 and are one game back of Tri-City. Hillsboro leads the South by one game over Salem-Keizer and three over Boise.

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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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