Yorman Rodriguez drove in two runs for Vancouver, including the game-winner Sunday.
The Vancouver Canadians will be returning home with a winning record on their 10-game road trip. They were able to pick up a 6-4 victory in 10 innings over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium Sunday. The C’s saw their second-half North Division lead in increase to two games over Everett and Spokane as they lost their games Sunday afternoon. Vancouver is now 11-6 in the second half and are 30-25 overall.
Salem-Keizer starter Seth Corry did himself no favours walked Otto Lopez and Tanner Kirwer to begin the game. A Griffin Conine grounder to the right side of the infield moved Lopez and Kirwer into scoring position and Lopez came in to score the game’s first run on a Yorman Rodriguez ground ball to third.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, Randy Pondler was roughed up in the second when Wander Franco doubled to left before Aaron Bond put one over the wall in right field to give the Volcanoes a 2-1 lead.
Bond continued to shake and stir things up in the fourth against Pondler with a base hit before moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. After swiping third, Bond would score on a Ricardo Genoves grounder to third to make it 3-1 Salem-Keizer.
Reilly Johnson singled in his first game back from Lansing Sunday.
Vancouver fought back in the fifth when Reilly Johnson picked up a one-out single and Nick Podkul got aboard with a walk against Corry. Lopez loaded the bases when he reached on a Franco fielding error at first. Corry would strike out Kirwer but was burned by his defence again when Mikey Edie botched a Conine fly ball to center to allow Johnson and Podkul to score. Ryan Walker took over for Corry and got Rodriguez to fly out to strand Conine and Lopez at second and third.
Vancouver would regain the lead in the ninth when Sterling Guzman doubled against Jesus Tona and would go to third on a wild pitch with one away. Podkul extended the inning with a two-out walk before Tona threw another to the backstop to allow Guzman to score.
The Volcanoes would send the game into overtime when Edie was hit by a pitch from Fitz Stadler with one out. Christopher Burks came in to pinch-run and he got into scoring position on a Genoves base hit. Jett Manning would load the bases with a single and Kyle McPherson drove in the tying run with a single up the middle. Stadler then induced a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Diego Rincones to push the game to an extra frame.
Brandon Polizzi was on second base to begin the 10th inning due to being the last out of the ninth. He moved up 90 feet after stealing third and Kirwer walked to put runners on the corners against Sidney Duprey. Conine was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Rodriguez brought in Polizzi with a sacrifice fly to give the C’s the lead. Jesus Severino was given an intentional walk to set up a force out at every base. Guzman would strike out but Duprey threw one away to the backstop to allow Kirwer to score.
Marcus Reyes took over for Stadler in the 10th and got two quick outs by striking out David Villar and getting Franco to fly out with Rincones still at second base. Robinson Medrano walked and Bond singled to advance Rincones to third. Instead of bringing 2018 second overall pick Joey Bart to pinch-hit, Volcanes manager Hector Borg elected to stay with Burks but he swung and missed at all three Reyes offerings to end the game.
Randy Pondler pitched a season-high 6-2/3 innings in Salem-Keizer Sunday.
Vancouver stole this one plain and simple as they were outhit 12-4 by Salem-Keizer. The C’s did draw six walks and were plunked twice but shoddy Salem defence allowed them to overcome the fact they were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position with eight men left on base. Guzman had the lone extra-base hit while Podkul was the only one to make an entry in the ‘H’ and ‘BB’ columns in the box score with one hit and two walks. Kirwer was the other Canadian to reach base more than once with two free passes. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native stole his 25th base of the season but trails Eugene’s Fernando Kelli by one for the league lead.
Nick Podkul was on base three times for Vancouver Sunday afternoon.
Pondler put in a quality start and got two outs in the seventh after allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out two and got nine outs on the ground. Stadler stranded a runner for Pondler to end the seventh. Even though he could not preserve the lead in the ninth, Stadler earned his first Northwest League victory with 2-1/3 innings of three-hit ball and one strikeout. Reyes collected his second save of the year.
The final game of this five-game series goes tonight at 6:35 pm. Rob Fai will have the call on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 with the pre-game set for 6:00 pm. Northwest League Pitcher of the Week Josh Winckowski (4-4, 2.96) will be on the hill for the C’s. No starter has been announced for the V’s.
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