Vancouver Canadians Fitz Stadler

C’s Recap – Tucupita Helps Tri-City Take Two Of Three From Canadians

Vancouver Canadians Fitz Stadler

Fitz Stadler turned in two shutout innings of relief for Vancouver Thursday afternoon.

C's Recap


It was a day to forget for the Vancouver Canadians as they lost 6-0 to the Tri-City Dust Devils in the rubber match of their three-game set at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday afternoon. The C’s lead in the North Division was also chopped down to a single game in the North Division as Spokane prevailed off Everett Thursday night.

A two-out first inning home run Tucupita Marcano off C’s lefty Nick Allgeyer stood up as the game winner. The Dust Devils second baseman also scored the second run of the game in the fourth inning. He led off with a single against Juan Nunez, stole second with two outs and scored on throwing errors by catcher Yorman Rodriguez and center fielder Tanner Kirwer on the same play. Marcano was also involved in a two-run rally in the sixth as he scored on a two-out single to center by Justin Paulsen off Nunez.

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Tucupita Marcano reached the pentagon three times for Tri-City Thursday.


The Dust Devils strung together another two-run rally against Nunez in the seventh as Grant Little lined a two-out double to left to score base hits from Chandler Seagle and Xavier Edwards.

Omar Cruz completed the first four innings for Tri-City and scattered a hit and four walks while striking out five. Spencer Kulman was the winning pitcher as he worked around two hits and two walks and punched out one over two innings. Nick Kuzia got the three-inning save with just one hit allowed and three strikeouts.

Fitz Stadler finished up the last two innings for Vancouver and kept the Dust Devils off the board.

Vancouver Canadians Otto Lopez

Otto Lopez was one of three Canadians to reach base twice Thursday afternoon.


C-Notes

C's NotesThe first indication it wasn’t Vancouver’s day came in the bottom of the first inning. Kirwer and Christopher Bec drew a pair of one-out walks with Kirwer advancing to second on a Cruz balk before stealing third. Rodriguez got the green light on a 3-0 pitch but he lifted a pop fly in foul territory down the first base side. Paulsen tracked down the pop-up in shallow right and threw out Kirwer at the plate to end the inning.

It was a tough day for Rodriguez all around as he rapped into another double play in the fourth inning to wipe out a Bec leadoff walk. McGregory Contreras followed with a infield single to short but Jesus Severino lined out to first to cut that rally short.

Vancouver knocked on the door again when Sterling Guzman started the fifth with a single followed by a couple of two-out walks from Otto Lopez and Kirwer but Bec grounded out to third.

Rodriguez got a base hit to begin the sixth but Severino would hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Things did not get any better for Rodriguez as he hit into his third twin-killing to end the eighth after pinch-hitter Brett Wright was hit by a pitch. Wright—took over for Bec as the designated hitter—has taken one for the team three times over the last two days.

Lopez had a two-out walk in the third and Brandon Polizzi picked up a two-out single in the seventh but they were left stranded. Vancouver went down in order in the second and ninth.

Lopez, Kirwer and Bec had two walks apiece for the top of the order but Vancouver had just four hits and struck out nine times. The C’s came up empty in three opportunities with runners in scoring position and left seven men on.

Allgeyer gave up just the solo home run over two innings but that was enough for him to get tagged with the loss. The former Iowa Hawkeye did strike out one with no walks. Nunez was knocked around for five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings. Stadler struck out four of two scoreless frames of one-hit ball while punching out four.

The Spokane Indians are up next for the Vancouver Canadians in a first-place showdown for the second-half North Division title. The three-game series begins Friday night at the Nat. The pregame show on TSN 1040 is at 6:00 p.m and Rob Fai will call the action beginning at 7:05 pm.

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