Otto Lopez sent the game to the bottom of the ninth with a three-run home run in Hillsboro Wednesday.
The Vancouver Canadians lost a back-and-forth affair to the Hillsboro Hops 8-5 at Ron Tonkin Field Wednesday night. The C’s fall to 5-4 in the second half of the season and trail Spokane by one game for first place in the North Division. They are also tied with Everett and Tri-City in the standings.
The C’s got a pair of runs in the second inning when Bryan Lizardo singled to left field off Matt Tabor and scored on a Jake Brodt double to left. Brodt came around to score too on a throwing error by Dan Swain in left as the ball went out of play.
The Hops got on the board in the fifth when Ryan January tripled to right field off Juan Nunez and scored on a Brett Wright passed ball. They would surge ahead in the seventh when Nunez issued a couple of one-out walks to Swain and Jake McCarthy. Joey Pulido took over for Nunez and Geraldo Perdomo reached on a throwing error by Brodt at first that allowed Swain to score. Perdomo would steal second base to allow room for Joey Rose and his two-out walk to load the bases. Francis Martinez would double to left to score McCarthy and Perdomo to give Hillsboro a 4-2 lead.
Vancouver staged a rally in the top of the ninth when Sterling Guzman got aboard on a two-out walk against Kei-Wai Lin. Wright extended the inning with another free pass and replaced on the basepaths by Brandon Polizzi. Otto Lopez would then launch a three-run home run to left to give the C’s a 5-4 lead.
After pitching a scoreless eighth, Troy Miller walked McCarthy to begin the ninth with Yorman Rodriguez behind the plate. Fitz Stadler entered the game and walked Perdomo before getting Andy Yerzy to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. However, Stadler threw one to the backstop to allow McCarthy to score from third and tie the game. Rose would double to center and Martinez was intentionally walked before William Gorman ended it with a home run to right.
In his first ever game as a Hop in Everett, Will Gorman was hit in the face by a fastball and spent the night in the emergency room. So in his first ever game as a Hop in Hillsboro HE HIT A WALK-OFF FREAKING HOME RUN!!!#ALLHOPPEDUP pic.twitter.com/kYawaMhwfQ
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Jake Brodt had a pair of doubles in Hillsboro Wednesday.
The C’s had chances to add to their lead in the third when Vinny Capra walked with two outs and made it to third on a Griffin Conine infield single to short but Lizardo grounded out to second.
Other opportunities that went by the wayside for the C’s.
- A Brodt one-out double in the fourth.
- A Tanner Kirwer one-out single and two-out stolen base in the fifth.
- A Hunter Steinmetz two-out walk and stolen base in the eighth.
Conine was replaced in right field in the top of the sixth and Kirwer moved over from center field with Hunter Steinmetz coming in to patrol the middle pitch.
Vancouver was just 1-for-6 with runners 180 feet or less from home plate and left six men on base. Their 12 strikeouts outnumbered their seven hits and four walks. Kirwer and Brodt led the way with two hits apiece with Kirwer stealing his 22nd base.
Nick Allgeyer kept the opposition off the board again in his second straight start.
Nick Allgeyer pitched the first two innings for Vancouver and did not allow a run thanks to help from his defence in the first. Lizardo made a diving stop at third to force out McCarthy at second after Allgeyer hit McCarthy with a pitch. Contreras would later end the inning with a leaping catch in left to rob Rose of extra bases. Allgeyer would work around a second inning single by Martinez that deflected off his leg. He would strike out a pair of batters.
Nunez gave up three runs in 4-1/3 innings but only one run was earned. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three. Pulido allowed an unearned run in getting the final two outs of the seventh with one hit, one walk and one strikeout on his ledger. Miller struck out two in a perfect eighth before walking the only hitter he faced in the ninth. Stadler was saddled with the loss by allowing three hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
The series continues Thursday as Ryan Weiss (0-0, 3.00) gets the ball for Hillsboro against Northwest League Pitcher of the Week Jose Espada (2-3, 3.79). First pitch is at 7:05 pm and you can catch the game on CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai. You can also watch it on MiLB.TV.
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