C’s Recap – Otto The Swatto Helps C’s Bring Down Boise

Vancouver Canadians Otto Lopez

Otto Lopez had a home run among three hits and three RBI in Boise Thursday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians responded to their most crushing loss of the season with a resounding victory as they downed the Boise Hawks 7-1 at Boise Memorial Stadium Thursday. The C’s also got great news on the out-of-town scoreboard as Hillsboro defeated Tri-City while Salem-Keizer beat Everett, leaving Vancouver alone in first place in the North Division by one game.

After coming up empty with the bases loaded in the first inning, the C’s got a pair of big two-out hits in the second when Hunter Steinmetz lined a triple to right off Boise starter Nick Bush before scoring on a bloop single to right by Otto Lopez.

Boise evened the game up in the third when Kyle Datres doubled off Vancouver starter Elio Silva to start the inning. Datres went to third on a wild pitch when Cole Anderson was at the plate but Silva got Anderson to ground out before getting Jeff Bohling looking at strike three. Matt Hearn made sure Boise would not go away empty-handed when he grounded a single up the middle to score Datres with the tying run.

Vancouver Canadians Hunter Steinmetz

Hunter Steinmetz kick-started the Vancouver offence with two extra-base hits and two runs scored Thursday.


Vancouver grabbed the lead again in the fourth when Christopher Bec drew a walk but was forced out at second after a Bryan Lizardo fly ball touched down in right field. Lizardo would get to third when Steinmetz doubled to center and would score on a Lopez single to right. Lopez would be cut down at second trying to stretch out his single. Steinmetz would score the third Vancouver run when Tanner Kirwer beat out a single to the mound.

Vancouver Canadians Griffin Conine

Griffin Conine had plenty to smile about Thursday with a 3-for-5 performance and two runs scored.


The C’s would get another run in the fifth when Griffin Conine dropped a single to right off Boise reliever Boby Johnson. A two-out single by Bec advanced Conine to third. Bec would steal second base and a throwing error by Hawks catcher Willie MacIver allowed Conine to score Vancouver’s fourth run.

Another run for Vancouver came in the sixth in the form of a two-out triple to center by Kirwer and an RBI single by Yorman Rodriguez to right.

Lopez would launch his first Northwest League home run to left field in the eighth off Hawks reliever Peyton Gray. Vancouver tacked on one more run in the ninth off Joel Condreay when Conine singled to right and went to third on a ground-rule double to right by Sterling Guzman. Conine would score on a Vinny Capra sacrifice fly.

Cobi Johnson finished up the ninth after Elio Silva and Marcus Reyes split the first eight innings evenly. Reyes picked up the victory.

Vancouver Canadians Marcus Reyes

Marcus Reyes earned his first Northwest League victory with four shutout innings Thursday.


C-Notes

C's NotesLopez and Conine led the charge with three hits apiece with Lopez needing a triple to complete the cycle. Kirwer, Rodriguez, Guzman, Bec and Steinmetz contributed two hits apiece to the 16-hit attack with Guzman doubling twice. Guzman and Bec also drew a walk apiece while Bec stole his third and fourth bases of the year. Vancouver was 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base.

Nick Podkul saw his first action for the first time since June 29. He went 0-for-3 but did start a 4-3 double play in the second inning and helped turn a 6-4-3 twin-killing at second base to end the fifth.

Vancouver Canadians Elio Silva

Elio Silva tossed four innings of one-run ball in Boise Thursday.


Silva gave up the lone Boise run over four innings on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. All six of his outs in play were on the ground. Reyes pitched four frames of two-hit balls with two strikeouts and four groundouts for the win. Johnson struck out one in a perfect ninth.

Vancouver Canadians Christopher Bec

Christopher Bec reached base three times and stole two bases in Boise Thursday.


The third game of this five-game series will be played Friday at 6:15 pm Pacific Time. Rob Fai will have all the action for you on CanadiansBaseball.com. Sean Wymer (1-1, 3.72) is listed as the probable starter for Vancouver. Lefthander Miguel Ausua (0-1, 8.31) is scheduled to throw the first pitch for Boise.

C-Tweets

cs-tweetVladimir Guerrero Jr. is on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. I am pleading with Blue Jays brass to send Vladdy to Vancouver to continue his rehab before he heads to the Buffalo Bisons. The C’s are in the hunt for the first-half North Division crown and he could boost their chances when they return home July 19.

Here is the latest collection of tweets from or about the Vancouver Canadians that include observations, stories and video highlights.

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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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