McGregory Contreras had two big swings of the bat Thursday.
The 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.
For the 2nd consecutive day the @EverettAquaSox win on a walk off hit. Today it was a Troy Dixon home run to right field in the bottom of the 9th, his first HR of the season. @no1yanksfan @StJohnsBaseball #HowBoutThemFrogs pic.twitter.com/2cUuaCclUr
— Steve Willits (@stevewillits) July 26, 2018
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.
Somewhat lost in the Troy Dixon fireworks was the job Benjamin Onyshko did in the top of the ninth. The LHP came on to face lefty and Blue Jays No. 16 prospect Griffin Conine, and fanned him on three pitches. You don’t often see that kind of situational managing at this level.
— Jesse Geleynse (@JesseGeleynse) July 26, 2018
Nick Allgeyer allowed just one walk over two innings in his first professional start.
Nick 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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
Source: The Cubs are sending Class A pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later to the Rangers for Cole Hamels.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2018
— Lansing Lugnuts (@LansingLugnuts) July 27, 2018
Who are the next current and former @vancanadians to make the leap to the @BlueJays? https://t.co/io8A6VeE9s@big_nate5 @loganwarmoth @RileyAdams @doinitBIGgio23 @Griffin_Co9 pic.twitter.com/7Uk7P7hIJz
— Nathan Caddell (@ncaddell) July 26, 2018
I’ve said it before. @FAN590 should give all Blue Jays affiliates a rotating chance at being heard on off days. There are great voices like @jgoldstrass, @Jimtara, @RobFaiNation, and @LT__Murray in the system. https://t.co/r2fLikUaEW
— Future Blue Jays (@FutureBlueJays) July 26, 2018
Current Vancouver Canadians Griffin Conine (#16) and Sean Wymer (#24) on new MLB Top 30 prospects for the #BlueJays McGregory Contreras now off the top 30 after being #21 at the start of the season
— Jordy Cunningham (@CunninghamJordy) July 26, 2018
New @MLBPipeline top 100 prospect features 5 Blue Jays: 1: Vlad Guerrero Jr. 9: Bo Bichette 75: Danny Jansen 92: Nate Pearson 94: Anthony Alford
— BVH (@BVHJays) July 26, 2018
I get excited whenever a new article from @rumhamlet shows up in my inbox. This one, about going to Vancouver Canadians games, is a really good read. (I especially enjoyed it after hearing @daveshumka talk on his podcast about also being a Canadians fan.) https://t.co/rRgUi4gcIT
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 25, 2018
A fun note: @LansingLugnuts 2B Samad Taylor has committed only one error in his last 50 starts at second base. He leads all MWL second basemen in games, chances, putouts, assists and double plays. #BlueJays
— Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass) July 26, 2018
In the newest MLB . com prospect update, Ryan Noda is the only @LansingLugnuts listed as a “Top 30 Prospect” Samad Taylor, Kevin Vicuna and Maximo Castillo are no longer listed. Ryan Noda drops down to #29 in the #BlueJays organization… 😐 More: https://t.co/xxPCEKHqN8
— Dante De Caria⚾ (@Diamond_Dante) July 26, 2018
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