Elio Silva tossed six innings of one-run ball against Tri-City Tuesday night.
The Vancouver Canadians started their six-game homestand with a clunker as they fell to the Tri-City Dust Devils 4-1 at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday night. Vancouver’s lead in the North Division is down to one game as Spokane spanked Everett Tuesday.
Vancouver scored the first run of the game when Otto Lopez tripled to center field off Henry Henry with one away. A Tanner Kirwer sacrifice fly brought Lopez home.
Tri-City would tie it in the top of the fourth when Dwayna Williams-Sutton slammed a two-out solo shot to left-center field off Elio Silva.
The Dust Devils would break the tie in the eighth with a one-out rally against Denis Diaz. Kelvin Alarcon got aboard on a walk, stole second base and reached third on a Tre Carter single to first. Xavier Edwards also walked to load the bases. Diaz struck out Grant Little for the second out before giving the ball to Connor Law. Tucapita Marcano hit a sharp ground ball but it was booted by Nick Podkul for a two-base error and that wound up clearing the bases.
Jonathan Guzman worked two shutout innings for the win. Jordan Guerrero closed it out in the ninth.
Radar Gun Rundown
Silva was in the 79-92 range.
Diaz had a strikeout at 90.
Law had one strikeout at 95 and hit 98 at one point.
Brandon Polizzi had a hit and made two good plays with the glove Tuesday.
Polizzi had a fielding error at second just two batters into the game but he redeemed himself with two defensive gems. He made a diving stop to rob Edwards of a hit to end the third inning before running a long way near the right field line to retire Williams-Sutton on a pop-up in the seventh.
Sterling Guzman helped out Silva in the third by coming off the bag at first after an off-target throw by Podkul from third base to get Carter. Guzman also made a diving stop in the eighth inning on a ground ball by Carter and tossed it to Diaz covering the bag from the seat of his pants but Carter beat it out. C’s manager Dallas McPherson came out to argue the close play at first.
Law tried to bail out Diaz but Marcano hit a sharp grounder that was booted by Podkul. Some aggressive baserunning by Marcano and Edwards produced the third run of the frame. The C”s were unable to get Marcano heading to second and Edwards took off for home and made it easily.
Silva gave up just a solo home run and a walk over six innings. He struck out four and racked up 10 outs on the ground. Diaz pitched 1-2/3 innings and gave up three unearned runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout. Diaz—not the quickest worker on the mound—was bailed out in the seventh when Yorman Rodriguez threw out Hunt trying to steal third to end that threat. Law had three strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings but all three inherited runners scored on his watch.
Otto Lopez had two hits for Vancouver in a losing cause Tuesday.
After a Lopez leadoff single was wasted in the first, Christopher Bec started the second with a infield hit to third and made it to second on a Henry wild pitch. Bec tried to get to third on a McGregory Contreras ground ball to short but he was thrown out by Marcano. Contreras would steal second but Guzman and Podkul went down swinging to kill that rally.
The C’s had another chance to break the tie in the fifth when Podkul and Polizzi had back-to-back one-out singles to put them at first and third. Lopez had a comebacker to Henry on the mound and he threw out Podkul at the plate.
Vancouver tried to rally again in the ninth when Bec walked with one out against Guerrero and Contreras lined a single to center off Edwards at second to put runners on the corners. Guerrero would dial it up to 101 miles per hour as he dispatched Guzman and Podkul on strikeouts to end the game.
Lopez had a two-hit game for Vancover and Bec reached twice with a knock and a walk. The C’s was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven men on base. They struck out 10 times and drew just two walks.
The C’s and Double-D’s go it again Wednesday night at 7:05 pm. Rob Fai will have the call on TSN 1040 and CanadiansBaseball.com. The pregame show starts at 6:00 pm.
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