Vinny Capra was the only Vancouver Canadian to reach base twice on Friday.
The Vancouver Canadians were shutout for the fifth time this season as they were blanked by the Boise Hawks 6-0 at Boise Memorial Stadium Friday night. The loss dropped the Canadians back to .500 at 14-14 and into a first-place tie with the Everett AquaSox in the North Division. Everett holds the tie-breaker after winning four of six against Vancouver in the race for the first half division title.
Boise opened the scoring with a two-out rally in the third off C’s righthander Sean Wymer. Matt Hearn reached on an infield single to second and Terrin Vavra followed with a base hit to center to move Hearn to third. Vavra would steal second before Luis Castro walked to load the bases. Danny Edgeworth cleared two of the bases with a single up the middle to chase Wymer from the game. Luke Morgan then lined a RBI single off reliever Fitz Stadler to make it 3-0 Hawks.
Boise added two more two-out runs in the sixth off C’s lefty Nick Allgeyer. Cade Harris singled up the gut and would score on a two-run home run to left by Daniel Jipping to give the Hawks a 5-0 lead. The final run came on triples by Hearn and Castro off Allgeyer in the seventh.
Colton Pate was the winning pitcher in relief with two shutout innings after lefty Miguel Ausua held the C’s scoreless for the first four innings. Eric Hepple (not to be confused with former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple) kept Vancouver off the board in the seventh and eighth before Jefry Valdez kept the shutout intact in the ninth.
Joey Murray maintained a 0.00 earned run average with two more scoreless frames Friday.
The C’s offence was retired in order in the second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings. Jesus Severino had the first Vancouver hit with a two-out single to short in the fifth. Otto Lopez had the other base hit to right with one out in the ninth. Lopez began the game with a walk but was caught stealing second base. Vinny Capra followed with a walk but was erased on a double play ball off the bat Sterling Guzman. Christopher Bec had a two-out walk in the seventh and Capra picked up his second base on balls in the ninth. Vancouver was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position with four runners stranded and eight strikeouts.
Joey Murray had the best pitching line of the night for the C’s with two shutout innings in which he issued just one walk while striking out four. Connor Law had one strikeout in a spotless ninth.
The fourth game of this series goes Saturday. Juan Nunez (0-1, 3.09) is slated to make his first start of the season for Vancouver. Jeffri Ocando (1-0, 5.19) will throw the first pitch for Boise at 6:15 pm Pacific Time. Rob Fai will have the call on CanadiansBaseball.com.
It was early in his pro career that Ryan Borucki realized his demeanour on the mound can make a big difference in how hitters “smell blood.” That changed his approach, as we just shared on the broadcast — pic.twitter.com/HdmbgbkEXz
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