Vancouver Canadians McGregory Contreras

McGregory Contreras cracked his eighth home run of the season in Salem-Keizer Thursday.

C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians held a three-run and a two-run lead but lost to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 11-10 at Volcanoes  Stadium Thursday night. The C’s fall to 8-6 in the second half but still maintain their lead atop the North Division as Spokane, Everett and Tri-City also lost Thursday.

The C’s jumped out to an early lead when Otto Lopez began the proceedings with a walk against Blake Rivera, San Francisco’s fourth round pick in the 2018 draft. Lopez went to second on a one-out balk and stole third. Yorman Rodriguez extended the rally with a two-out walk before Christopher Bec singled to center to bring home Lopez. Rodriguez advanced to third on the base hit and Bec stole second but Jesus Severino stranded them with a grounder to third.

Vancouver tacked on two more runs in the second. Nick Podkul was plunked by Rivera with one out and Brandon Polizzi lined a second to left put runners on the corners. A Lopez sacrifice fly to center scored Podkul and a Tanner Kirwer double to left off reliever Mack Meyer plated Polizzi but Kirwer was thrown out at third on a 7-6-5 play in his attempt for a triple.

Salem-Keizer wiped out that deficit in the second inning when Aaron Bond took Vancouver starter Sean Wymer deep to right-center field for a leadoff homer. Wander Franco doubled to center and Mikey Edie was hit by a pitch. Ricardo Genoves singled to left to load the bases. Nico Giarratano doubled to center to score Franco and Edie but he was thrown out at third on a 8-4-2 play to end the inning.

The Volcanoes grabbed the lead in the third when David Villar doubled to left with one away against Denis Diaz. Bond drew a walk before a wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet. A Franco sacrifice fly sent Villar home and Edie hit a two-out double to center to score Bond and increase the Volcanoes lead to 5-3.

Vancouver Canadians Brandon Polizzi

Brandon Polizzi had two hits, two stolen bases and three runs scored for Vancouver Thursday.

Vancouver took another lead with four runs in the fifth. Polizzi singled to center and got to third on a Lopez base hit to center but Lopez was cut down at second. Griffin Conine walked and he along with Polizzi would score on a Rodriguez double to center to tie the game at 5-5. Bec would get aboard on a walk and he would also score with Rodriguez on a Severino double to right but he was nailed at third on a 9-4-2-5 putout to stop the rally.

Salem stormed back with four runs in the bottom half of the fifth off Joey Murray to restore their two-run lead. Villar belted a one-out home run to right and Bond kept things going with an infield single to second. A passed ball by Bec moved Bond to second before Franco slapped a run-scoring triple to right. Edie lined a single to right to score Franco with the tie-breaking run. Edie stole second and made it to third when Bec’s throw went into center field. Giarratano singled to left to bring in Edie to give the Volcanoes a 9-7 advantage. Justin Watts had to get the final out of the inning.

The Canadians got one run back in the sixth when McGregory Contreras launched his eighth homer of the season to left-center field off Ryan Walker to start the sixth. That homer was matched by Diego Rincones off Watts to start the bottom of the sixth.

Salem-Keizer scored again in the eighth when Kyle McPherson singled to third, moved to second on a Marcus Reyes wild pitch and scored when Bec’s pickoff attempt went awry.

Trent Topilkar kept Vancouver in check in the seventh and eighth innings before Jesus Tona took over in the ninth. Polizzi picked up a leadoff walk, swiped second and scored on a two-base throwing error by McPherson at second on a ground ball hit by Lopez. Kirwer’s sac fly would score Lopez to make it a one-run game but pinch-hitter Sterling Guzman flied out for Conine to right field and Rodriguez fouled out to first to end the game.


Bryan Lizardo played in 154 games with Vancouver over three seasons.


C's NotesLopez and Polizzi were both 2-for-3 with a walk with Lopez stealing a base and Polizzi stealing two. Vancouver had 10 hits and five walks against nine strikeouts, going 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position and leaving three men on.

Wymer gave up three runs on five hits over two innings and Diaz was dinged for two runs on two hits and a walk in the third. Murray took the loss as he was mauled for four runs on five hits over 1-2/3 innings. Watts gave up a solo dinger and a walk in the sixth. Joey Pulido worked a scoreless frame in the seventh before Reyes was charged with an unearned run on a hit and a walk in the eighth. Wymer, Murray and Reyes had two strikeouts apiece and Watts had one.

Congratulations to 2016-2018 C’s third baseman Bryan Lizardo for his promotion to the Lansing Lugnuts. The 21 year-old batted .268 with a .780 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with four home runs, 17 runs batted in and five stolen bases in eight attempts with Vancouver this season.

Catcher/outfielder Reilly Johnson returns to Vancouver after a 10-game stint in Lansing in which he hit .257 with seven RBI. The 21 year-old hit .242 with a home run and three RBI in 9 games with Vancouver this season.


cs-tweet A number of these tweets cover the Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game. Conine was 1-for-2 with a double and a run and Kirwer was 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Cobi Johnson was charged with two runs in his one inning of work as the Pioneer League won 13-11 in Grand Junction, Colorado Tuesday. The location of next year’s NWL/PL contest has also been revealed.



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