C’s Recap – Canadians Falter Late In Series Finale To Boise

Vancouver Canadians Jose Espada

Jose Espada had a quality start against the Boise Hawks Sunday afternoon.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians had opportunities to win their five-game series in Boise but another bullpen meltdown saw them lose the rubber match 6-2 to the Hawks at Boise Memorial Stadium Sunday. The C’s are back at .500 at 15-15 and are now trailing 16-14 Everett for first place in the North Division as the AquaSox won against Salem-Keizer.

The C’s grabbed a quick lead just two batters into the game when Tanner Kirwer tripled to center field off Boise starter Justin Valdespina and scored on a Vinny Capra sacrifice fly to right.

Vancouver’s second run also came on a sacrifice fly to right field from Christopher Bec to score Bryan Lizardo. The one-out rally began when Lizardo walked before getting to third on a Jake Brodt base hit to left.

Vancouver starter Jose Espada kept Boise off the board with six shutout innings, four of them in which he retired the side in order. He faced two more in the seventh but they both reached base when Danny Edgeworth walked and stole second before Willie MacIver singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Will McAffer was summoned from the bullpen but he struggled against the Hawks for the second time in the series. McAffer sandwiched a Cade Harris walk with strikeouts of Daniel Jipping and Aubrey McCarty before Greg Jones hit a game-tying two-run single up the middle. Kennard McDowell also went up the middle with a base hit to score Harris with the go-ahead run. A wild pitch and a hit by pitch to LeeMarcus Boyd produced another bases-loaded situation before Luke Morgan cleared them with a triple to center. Edgeworth ended the inning by lining out to center but the damage was done in the form of a six-run seventh.

Fitz Stadler pitched a perfect eighth inning but the C’s could only get one runner on base the rest of the way. Kirwer reached on an error at short and stole second and third base in the eighth but the C’s went down quietly after that. Shelby Lackey, Peyton Gray and P.J. Poulin kept the Canadians bat at bay with Gray getting the victory.

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Tanner Kirwer scored the first run of the game for Vancouver Sunday after a leadoff triple.


C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s did not have much going their way offensively as they went down in order in the second, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings. Their best chance to add a run was in the third on two-out singles by Capra and Yorman Rodriguez in the third but Griffin Conine grounded out to second.

Conine had one of the five Vancouver hits on the afternoon. The C’s were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position with five men stranded, 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Espada racked up seven strikeouts over six-plus innings while McAffer had two and Stadler had one. Espada walked a pair and McAffer walked one to give the C’s pitchers a 10-3 strikeout/walk total.

The C’s are in Pasco, Washington for a three-game series against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Vancouver lefthander Randy Pondler (0-3, 4.24) will go up against righthander Henry Henry (2-1, 3.08) in a 7:15 pm start at Gesa Stadium. The game will be on CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai.

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