C’s Recap – Emeralds Outshine Canadians Despite Sterling Effort

Vancouver Canadians Sterling Guzman

Sterling Guzman homered and drove in two runs for Vancouver Monday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians saw their hopes of sweeping the Eugene Emeralds go up in smoke after a 5-3 setback at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night. Vancouver drops to 4-3 in the second half to leave them in a tie for first place with Spokane. Everett and Tri-City are one game back at 3-4.

Eugene jumped on C’s starter Elio Silva for two runs in the first. Grant Fennell singled to right and Levi Jordan bunted his way aboard by laying one down towards first. Nelson Velazquez grounded out to Silva but the two runners advanced. A Jake Slaughter groundout to short scored Fennell and a Jonathan Sierra single to center brought in Jordan.

Vancouver Canadians Christopher Bec

Christopher Bec produced a sacrifice fly for Vancouver’s first run Monday.


Vancouver got one run back in their half of the first when Vinny Capra led off with a double to center off Riley Thompson and advanced to third on a throwing error by Velazquez. A one-out sacrifice fly by Christopher Bec would bring in Capra.

Vancouver Canadians Vinny Capra

Vinny Capra would come home with Vancouver’s first run Monday.


The Emeralds would add two more runs in the second when Luis Vazquez singled, stole second and got to third on a throwing error by catcher Yorman Rodriguez. One out later, Grant Fennell clubbed a two-run home run into the Vancouver bullpen in left field.

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McGregory Contreras crosses the plate with Vancouver’s second run Monday.


The C’s would respond with another run in the second when McGregory Contreras beat out a grounder to short for an infield single to lead off the frame. Contreras got to second when Nick Podkul tapped one back to the mound. Jake Brodt‘s single up the middle pushed Contreras to third before a Sterling Guzman grounder to short brought in Contreras.

Eugene scored the game’s next run in the fourth when Caleb Knight drew a leadoff walk. Luis Vazquez doubled to right to place Knight at third. A sacrifice fly to right by Fernando Kelli scored Knight but Otto Lopez fired a strike to Podkul at third base to cut down Vazquez.

Vancouver got their last run in the fifth when Guzman homered next to the C’s bullpen in left field off Emeralds lefthander Faustino Carerra to make it a two-run game.

Carerra pitched six-plus innings of relief before Casey Ryan closed it out in the ninth for the save.

Vancouver Canadians Justin Watts Justin Watts retired all five hitters he faced Monday night.


Justin Watts pitched 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Connor Law got the other four outs in relief of Silva who put in six innings of work.

Radar Gun Rundown

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Silva recorded strikeouts at 89, 86 and 87. He was around 77-89 with his offerings.

C-Notes

C's NotesCapra made a nice leaping grab in the second inning on a liner from Kelli after the infield was drawn in with Vazquez at third. That play was made before Fennell’s two-run homer.

Rodriguez atoned for his throwing error in the second by throwing out Sierra trying to steal second in the third inning.

Lopez was robbed of a hit in the seventh when Jordan made a tremendous defensive play at second by coming in on a ground ball to get the speedy Lopez. Had Lopez reached, the potential game winning run would have stepped up to the plate as Brodt was already on base after a single to right.

The C’s did get the winning run to the dish in the ninth after Rodriguez reached on an error by Diaz at third and Contreras infield single to the hot corner to start the ninth. Ryan came in for Carerra and got Podkul to hit into a 6-4-3 double play before retiring Brodt on a grounder to short.

Joey Murray (0-0, 0.00) will start the series finale for the C’s while Zach Mort (0-0, 2.70) gets the call in a battle of righthanders picked in the 8th round of the 2018 MLB draft. First pitch is at 7:05 pm and can be heard at CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 with Rob Fai. The pregame show begins at 6:00 pm.

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About Niall O'Donohoe

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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