C’s Recap – Podkul & The Gang Help Canadians Prevail In Tri-City

Vancouver Canadians Brandon Polizzi

Brandon Polizzi drove in the winning run for Vancouver and made a nice diving catch in center field in the first inning Wednesday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians salvaged a crucial victory to keep their first-half playoff hopes alive. The C’s got by the Tri-City Dust Devils 2-1 in 10 innings at Gesa Stadium Wednesday.

The win pulls the C’s even with the Dust Devils at 16-17 in the North Division and they trail first-place Everett by a single game after the AquaSox lost to Spokane earlier in the day. Even though Everett is now 17-16, they effectively hold a two-game lead over Vancouver after winning the head-to-head matchup four games to two. Basically, the C’s need to win the North Division outright as they cannot depend on any tiebreakers against Everett or Tri-City.

Vancouver Canadians Elio Silva

Elio Silva limited the Dust Devils to one run over five innings in Tri-City.


Tri-City picked up the first run of the game off Elio Silva in the second.  Luis Ascunsion doubled to center with one out and got to third when third baseman Luis Severino mishandled a ground ball off the bat of Michael Curry. A sacrifice fly to center by Chandler Seagle brought Asuncion home.

Vancouver Canadians Nick Podkul

Nick Podkul knocked home the tying run for Vancouver to send the game into the 10th inning.


Vancouver would even things up in the seventh with back-to-back doubles off Jose Quezada who relieved starter Cole Bellinger. Nick Podkul lifted a double to right that was lost in the lights by Tre Carter before scoring on a Severino double to left. Jake Brodt struck out before Sterling Guzman flied out to right to advance Severino to third. Brandon Polizzi grounded out to short to strand Severino.

Polizzi got a chance to redeem himself in the 10th. Tanner Kirwer pinch-ran for Brodt to begin the inning and made it to third as Sterling Guzman bunted him over. The C’s caught a break when Dust Devils reliever Diomar Lopez mishandled the ball before getting Guzman at first. Polizzi came up to the plate and delivered a sacrifice fly to score Kirwer with the go-ahead run.

Vancouver Canadians Marcus Reyes

Marcus Reyes picked up his first save of the season with a perfect 10th inning.


Lefthander Marcus Reyes stranded Ascunsion at second base by striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th. Reyes got Curry looking before Seagle and Luke Becker went down swinging to send the C’s home with a 3-5 road trip.

Vancouver Canadians Cobi Johnson

Cobi Johnson earned his first professional win with two shutout innings in Tri-City Wednesday.


C-Notes

C's NotesVancouver was poised to score the game’s first run when Vinny Capra doubled off Bellinger to start the game before getting to third on a Hunter Steinmetz ground ball to first. However, Capra was doubled off at third when Yorman Rodriguez lined out to Bellinger on the mound.

The second inning saw Podkul draw a one-out walk before being picked off by Bellinger. That muted a Severino base hit to left right afterwards. Guzman began the third with a single up the middle but Bellinger would pick him off at first as well. Capra would single with two outs but he would not get any further.

The C’s next best chance to score was in the ninth when Podkul was walked by Dust Devils reliever Gabe Mosser and took second on a passed ball by Seagle. Severino and Brodt would strike out to leave Podkul 180 feet away from scoring.

Capra and Severino had two hits apiece but Podkul was on base the most with a double and two walks. Griffin Conine had a 1-for-4 night at the dish as the C’s totalled eight hits and two walks against eight strikeouts. They were 1-for-8 with runners at second and/or third with six men left on base.

Silva allowed a baserunner per inning over five frames which resulted in one run on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He was able to strand a double from Little in the first.

Vancouver Canadians Nick Allgeyer

Nick Allgeyer kept Tri-City off the board in the sixth and seventh innings Wednesday.


Silva struck out three before fellow lefty Nick Allgeyer kept the Dust Devils off the board with two scoreless frames. Allgeyer was able to work around a hit and two walks. He induced an around-the-horn double play to end the seventh after a Hunt double and a Curry walk to strand runners on the corners.

Cobi Johnson pushed the game in an extra inning with two innings of one-hit ball. That hit was a leadoff triple to center from Owen Miller but Johnson sandwiched a strikeout by Blake Hunt with flyouts by Olivier Basabe and Ascunsion to send the game into overtime.

Vancouver Canadians Yorman Rodriguez

Yorman Rodriguez shut down Tri-City’s running game Wednesday night.


Rodriguez had a busy night at the plate by throwing out Grant Little trying to steal second to end the fourth inning before nailing Basabe trying to do the same thing to end the sixth.

Otto Lopez entered the game at third after Kirwer pinch-ran for Brodt in the 10th inning. Severino moved from third to first.


Baseball America released its mid-season Blue Jays Top 10 prospects list.

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Nate Pearson (2017), RHP
  4. Danny Jansen,C
  5. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., SS/2B
  6. Kevin Smith, SS
  7. Anthony Alford, OF
  8. Eric Pardinho. RHP
  9. Jordan Groshans, SS
  10. Cavan Biggio (2016), 2B

The risers in the system are righthander Sean Reid-Foley (2014) and shortstops Leonardo Jimenez and Miguel Hiraldo. The fallers are Logan Warmoth (2017) and Richard Urena (2014). Lefthander Ryan Borucki (2014-2015) is seen as close to graduating from prospect status with his recent call-up to Toronto.


The C’s return home to conclude the first half of the season with five games against the Northwest League-leading Hillsboro Hops starting Thursday at 7:05 pm. That game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 in Vancouver with the pregame show at 6:00 pm. Joey Murray (0-0, 0.00) gets the start for Vancouver and will be followed by Sean Wymer (1-2, 5.11). Adrian Del Moral (0-1, 4.24) is the probable starter for Hillsboro.  Former Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia will be signing autographs during the game.

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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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