Josh Winckowski pitched 6-1/3 shutout innings in Salem-Keizer Monday.
The Vancouver Canadians prevailed for the third time in extra innings with a 3-1 triumph in 10 innings over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium Monday night. The victory was the fourth straight for the C’s as they completed their road trip with a 7-3 record. The Canadians remain two games up on Spokane for the North Division lead in the second but are now three ahead of Everett after an extra-innings loss to Eugene. Spokane also won in 10 innings against Boise.
Not a single run was scored in regulation as the Salem-Keizer trio of Jake Wong, Alex DuBord and Trent Topilkar matched zeros with the Vancouver threesome of Josh Winckowksi, Justin Watts and Will McAffer.
The 10th inning began with Griffin Conine at second base and he would come in to score on a throwing error by Nico Giarratano on a ground ball by Jesus Severino. A Sterling Guzman tapper back to the mound pushed Severino to second. Christopher Bec got Severino over to third with an infield single to third. McGregory Contreras then singled to left to bring in Severino with the second Vancouver run. Matt Frisbee relieved Topilkar and got Reilly Johnson to pop up to second for the second out. Bec would score when the ball got away from Volcanoes catcher Joey Bart. Contreras got caught in a rundown between first and second to end the rally.
Salem-Keizer would have Giarratano on second base to begin the home half of the 10th. The Volcanoes would load the bases against McAffer with a Jett Manning walk and a Christopher Burks base hit. A sacrifice fly to right by Aaron Bond scored Giarratano but Bond slammed his helmet down to the ground in frustration as Conine timed his leap to make the catch. Diego Rincones lined one right at Severino at short for the second out but McAffer plunked Bart with a pitch to load up the bases again. McAffer finally ended it by getting Wander Franco fly out to center field.
Justin Watts stranded two runners, struck out three and tossed 2-1/3 scoreless innings for Vancouver Monday.
Winckowski used a couple of double play balls to erase base hits in the first two innings. Rincones hit into a 4-3 twin-killing to wipe out a Bond leadoff walk in the first. A 4-6-3 deuce by Medrano in the second flushed a rally that began with base hits by Franco and Dalton Combs.
Winckowski also had to survive a one-out single by Burks and his own throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the fourth. The righthander did that by starting a stretch that saw him sit down eight hitters in a row before Burks began the sixth with a double. Winckowski would strand Burks by retiring the next three hitters in a row, two by strikeout as Bond and Bart went down swinging to bracket a Rincones popout to second.
Will McAffer earned his fifth victory of the season for Vancouver Monday.
The Volcanoes would put the pressure on Winckowski again in the seventh when Franco began the seventh with a single and Medrano walked with one out. Watts entered the game and dispatched Giarratano on a strikeout before getting Manning to ground out to third. Watts retired the first five men he faced before walking Franco with one out in the ninth. After Combs flied out, McAffer replaced Watts and walked Medrano before inducing a fly out by Giarratano to extend the game into the 10th.
Christopher Bec had a double and a single in Salem-Keizer Monday.
A Nick Podkul single in the first was all Vancouver got in the first five innings and Podkul was forced out on a Conine double play. A Brandon Polizzi base hit with two outs in the sixth represented the first time Vancouver sent more than three men to the plate. Polizzi came into the game as a defensive replacement in center field for Hunter Steinmetz in the bottom of the fifth. Severino had a two-out single in the seventh but the C’s best chance to score came in the eighth when Bec began the frame with a double. Conine and Johnson would strike out before Polizzi flied out to strand Bec.
Vancouver and Salem-Keizer had six hits apiece. There were 21 strikeouts in the game with the C’s going down swinging nine times without drawing a walk. They were 2-for-8 with three runners left on.
The Vancouver Canadians begin a six-game homestand against a pair of North Division rivals at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Tri-City Dust Devils are in town for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night. Rob Fai will have the call on TSN 1040 and CanadiansBaseball.com with the pre-game show at 6:00 pm. First pitch is at 7:05 pm.
Congratulations to 2014 C’s pitcher Sean Reid-Foley for making his first major league start in Kansas City Monday. He lasted five innings and gave up three runs but took the loss as the Blue Jays lost 3-1.
Sean Reid-Foley on an exciting night.https://t.co/HEuYaDkmp9
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 14, 2018
Those boys are gonna play in the big leagues. Sean Reid-Foley makes the first pitch of his career and Danny Jansen makes the first catch of his. Fastball for a strike. pic.twitter.com/6qMrj5ha6s
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 14, 2018
Take a DEEEEEP breath!
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 14, 2018
👏 Congratulations to the former Canadians pitcher on making his debut tonight! 👏 https://t.co/3XHDw2Upmu
— Vancouver Canadians (@vancanadians) August 14, 2018
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) August 13, 2018
Jays can’t hold lead in 5-4 loss to Jupiter despite a quality start and career-high 10 Ks from Zach Logue.https://t.co/RVi8OBCtkh
— Dunedin Blue Jays (@DunedinBlueJays) August 14, 2018