C’s Recap – Capra, Conine, Wright & Wymer Reasons Why Canadians Slip By Spokane

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Brett Wright singled home what turned out to be the winning run for Vancouver Sunday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians are at the .500 mark for the first time this season. They won their fourth in a row after a 5-4 victory over the Spokane Indians at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon. Their 12-12 record puts them in a first-place tie with Everett and Tri-City in the North Division after the Dust Devils  blanked the AquaSox 5-0 Sunday night.

The C’s wasted little time getting started on offence. Even though Otto Lopez was caught stealing second after reaching on an error at third by Juan Ventura to begin the game, Vinny Capra pulled a double down the left field line off Spokane righthander Scott Engler. Yorman Rodriguez went to the opposite field by singling to right to score Capra with the game’s first run. Sterling Guzman delivered another opposite-field base hit to right to plate Rodriguez and send Griffin Conine to third after he drew a walk. Conine would score Vancouver’s third run on a Jake Brodt RBI groundout to short. C’s manager Dallas McPherson sent Guzman running on the pitch to prevent the double play.

Vancouver added to their lead in the second when Tanner Kirwer beat out a grounder to third for a one-out infield single. He would steal second before racing home on a Capra base hit to left.

The C’s tacked on one more run in the third when Conine got aboard with his second walk of the game to start the inning. Conine would go to third on a Brodt double to center before scoring on a Brett Wright single up the middle. That led to Engler being pulled from the game in favour of David Lebron who teamed up with Kyle Keith and lefty Francisco Villegas for 6-2/3 shutout innings of relief.

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Joey Murray ran his scoreless streak to eight innings with two clean frames Sunday.


Joey Murray shut down Spokane for the first two innings and Sean Wymer did likewise for the next three. The Indians did get on the board in the sixth when Troy Dixon drew a two-out walk and scored on a Jonah McReynolds home run to left field off C’s lefty Nick Allegeyer to cut the Vancouver lead to three.

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Cobi Johnson bridged the gap to the ninth inning with two scoreless frames.


Cobi Johnson put up a pair of zeros in the seventh and eighth for Vancouver before Connor Law entered the game in the ninth. McReynolds came up with a one-out single and made it to third on a Tanner Gardner down the left field line that went off the glove of McGregory Contreras. Singles to left by Cristian Inoa and Austin O’Banion scored McReynolds and Gardner to make it a one-run game.

Spokane skipper Kenny Holmberg elected to pinch-hit for Juan Ventura by calling upon the league’s top slugger in Curtis Terry with the potential tying run at second and the potential winning run at first. Law fell behind Terry 2-0 but got Terry to swing and miss at the next three pitches to earn the save.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconMurray had one of his strikeouts at 88 miles per hour and was in the 75-90 range.

Wymer was around 77-93 with two strikeouts at 91.

Allgeyer had strikeouts at 83, 83 and 84 and touched 95.

Johnson had offerings from 75-77 and 90-93 with a strikeout at 89.

Law was around 91-94 and hit 97 once. His lowest pitch was at 81.

Vancouver Canadians Sean Wymer

Sean Wymer picked up his first professional win with three shutout innings Sunday.


C-Notes

C's NotesBrodt had trouble dealing with a foul ball off the bat of Inoa on the first base side in the second inning. It happened on the ninth pitch of a 10-pitch at-bat against Murray in which Inoa would strike out. Brodt would redeem himself by ranging to his left to snare a liner off the bat of O’Banion in foul territory to end the second. That stranded a Gardner single and stolen base. The first baseman out of Santa Clara also made a fine play to knock down a ground ball from Gardner and tossed it to a hustling Wymer to cover the first base bag for the second out in the fourth.

Allgeyer thought he was out of the sixth with a 95 mile-an-hour pitch that was not called a strike. He would later lose Dixon on a walk before giving up the home run to McReynolds. Allgeyer would strike out the side but it was two batters too later as far as he was concerned.

Contreras had trouble with a fly ball in the third inning off the bat of Isaias Quiroz in which it looked like Contreras lost the ball in the sun. Kirwer had to run in from center field after the ball fell in front of Contreras. Quiroz was given a single on the play.

Contreras tried to run down a ball near the left field line hit by Gardner in the ninth that went off his glove. Gardner was credited with a double.

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Griffin Conine was on base three times and scored twice on Sunday.


Conine had a perfect day at the plate going before he was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth by home plate umpire Emma Charlesworth-Seiler. That drew the ire of the Canadians coaching staff.

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Vinny Capra had two of Vancouver’s 10 hits and added an RBI and stolen base.


All nine C’s hitters had one hit except for Capra who had two, including a double. Conine was on base three times with a single and two walks while Brodt had a base hit and a base on balls. Vancouver had 10 hits, three walks and a hit by pitch as Capra reached base three times on the day. Capra, Kirwer and Contreras all had stolen bases with Kirwer up to 10 on the season.

The C’s pitching staff had a 14-2 strikeout/walk total with Murray striking out four over two-innings of one hit ball. Wymer also threw a one-hitter but over three innings while whiffing a pair. Allgeyer gave up two runs on a walk and a home run but struck out the side. Johnson struck out one over two perfect frames while Law recorded the save in a nervous ninth that saw him give up a pair of runs on four hits but he picked up a pair of strikeouts.

The Canadians and Indians conclude this three-game series Monday night. Vancouver will give the ball to Jose Espada (0-3, 6.75) while Spokane will go with Hans Crouse (1-1, 3.65) in a battle of righthanders. The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 with Rob Fai. Pregame show is at 6:00 pm and the first pitch is at 7:05 pm.

C-Tweets

cs-tweetThis edition of C-Tweets is dominated by Ryan Borucki and his third straight quality start which did go for naught as the Blue Jays lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees in 10 innings. The 2014-2015 C’s lefty pitched seven innings of one-run ball where he struck out five and walked two while scattering seven hits. Borucki lowered his earned run average to 2.25. He had induced six groundball outs and threw 71 strikes out of his 107 pitches.

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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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