C’s Recap – Frogs Walk It Off Against Canadians Again In Everett

Vancouver Canadians McGregory Contreras

McGregory Contreras had two big swings of the bat Thursday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians rallied again but lost again as they fell 3-2 to the Everett AquaSox at Everett Memorial Stadium Thursday afternoon. Troy Dixon belted his first home run of the season off Marcus Reyes in the bottom of the ninth to send the C’s back to heartbreak hotel. Vancouver has lost five of nine to first-half North Division champion Everett in 2018 and are now 1-2 in the second half.

Vancouver had the first lead of the game when McGregory Contreras homered to right field off Ivan Fortunato in the third inning. That lead disappeared when Juan Nunez could not snuff out a two-out rally in the fourth inning. Bobby Honeyman banged a single to left and Nick Rodriguez walked and they would score on singles to right by Dixon and Connor Hoover. Dixon was nailed at third on a throw by Griffin Conine for a 9-5 putout to end the inning.

Contreras would homer again in the eighth off Noah Zavolas for his sixth tater of the season to even things up at 2-2 before Dixon went deep against Reyes to start the ninth. Lefthander Benjamin Onyshko retired the final two hitters in the top half of the frame to get the win for Everett.

Vancouver Canadians Nick Allgeyer

Nick Allgeyer allowed just one walk over two innings in his first professional start. 


C-Notes

C's NotesNick Allgeyer got his first start as a professional and he retired six of the seven hitters he faced. His only miscues were a Connor Kopach walk in the second and a wild pitch in the second inning but the former Iowa Hawkeye began and ended his two-inning stint with a pair of strikeouts.

Bryan Lizardo picked up the C’s first hit of the day with an infield single to the mound but Michael Plassmeyer picked off him at first on the way to two shutout frames.

Everett threatened to score in the third off Nunez when Charlie McConnell singled to right, stole second and went to third on a Ryan Ramiz base hit. Nunez got out of the jam when he struck out Ryne Ogren and catcher Yorman Rodriguez threw out Ramiz trying to confiscate second. Jesus Severino doubled to center with two outs in the fifth but Contreras flied out.

Vancouver Canadians Tanner Kirwer

Tanner Kirwer stole his 15th base of the season Thursday afternoon.


Tanner Kirwer had a one-out double in the sixth but Christopher Bec grounded out to third. Kirwer would steal third but Conine struck out to end the frame.

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Griffin Conine got to show off his right arm in right field Thursday.


Conine earned his second assist from right field when he cut down Ogren at second after a base hit to help Nunez get out of the fifth. Nunez was able to strand a Josh Stowers leadoff double in the sixth and a Dixon leadoff walk in the seventh.

Vancouver switched to the home red uniforms for the series finale after breaking out the road greys for the first time this season.

Vancouver Canadians Juan Nunez

Juan Nunez yielded just two runs over five innings Thursday. 


Despite seven hits and two walks allowed, Nunez gave up just two runs and struck out five. Reyes found himself in a pickle when Ogren reached base on a fielding error by Nick Podkul at second to begin the eighth. A two-out double by Honeyman got Ogren to third but Rodriguez grounded out to short to strand the two runners. Vancouver was hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position and left two men on. They struck out seven times and walked only once.

The C’s return home to begin a five-game series against the Eugene Emeralds in a rematch of the 2017 Northwest League final that saw the Canadians win in four games. Eugene began the year by winning three of five against Vancouver at P.K. Park to start the 2018 campaign.

All games against the Em’s are at 7:05 pm except for Sunday which is a 1:05 pm start at Nat Bailey Stadium. The games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are sold out. All games can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com. Friday’s game is also on TSN 1040 with the pregame show at 6:00 pm.

C-Tweets

cs-tweetA couple of Northwest League connections of note in trades that have been made in the majors. The Cubs sent Rollie Lacy to the Texas Rangers and a player to be named later for Cole Hamels. You may remember Lacy was the one who gave up the winning home run to C’s outfielder Brock Lundquist in Game 3 of last year’s Northwest League final.

The Blue Jays acquired 2015 Boise Hawks outfielder Forrest Wall as part of the trade that saw reliever Seunghawn Oh head to the Colorado Rockies. Wall played just four games with the Hawks but three of them were in Vancouver. He enjoyed his time at Nat Bailey Stadium as he went 4-for-8 with five walks and two stolen bases. Wall was taken with the 35th pick overall in the 2014 draft out of Winter Park High School in Florida.

 

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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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