Brandon Polizzi had the first hit and scored the first run of the game in Tri-City Monday.
The Vancouver Canadians will only have to face the Tri-City Dust Devils two more times in 2018. Tri-City throttled Vancouver 10-2 at Gesa Stadium Monday and have won seven out of the 10 meetings between the two teams. The C’s did get some help on the out-of-town scoreboard as Spokane was outslugged in Everett. The Indians are still two games back of the C’s for first place in the North Division. The AquaSox and Dust Devils have pulled to within 3-1/2 games.
Vancouver scored first when Brandon Polizzi began the game with a base hit up the middle. He stole second and came around to score on a one-out Yorman Rodriguez single to left off against Adrian Martinez.
Elio Silva pitched four shutout innings before Tri-City got to him in the fifth. Michael Curry doubled and reached third on a wild pitch. Tre Carter worked the count to ball four to put runners on the corners. Jose Lezama grounded into a 4-3 run-scoring double play to tie the game at one. Silva had a chance to get out of the inning but Nick Podkul’s throwing error at second allowed Kelvin Alarcon to get on base. Silva hit Xavier Edwards with a pitch before throwing one to the backstop that allowed Alarcon to score and Edwards to make it to third. A balk by Silva then brought home Edwards to make it 3-1 Dust Devils.
The Canadians narrowed the gap to one run in the top of the sixth. Jesus Severino made it to second after a one-out infield single to third and an Alarcon throwing error. A Podkul double to center scored Severino but after advancing to third on a wild pitch, Podkul was stranded when Sterling Guzman flied out and Brett Wright struck out against Martinez.
Troy Miller took over on the mound for Vancouver and like Silva, he was the victim of sloppy defensively play. Severino mishandled a Luis Ascunsion grounder to short and Justin Paulsen followed with an RBI double to right off to score Ascunsion. Paulsen tagged up to go to third on a Curry fly ball and tagged up to go home on a Carter sacrifice fly.
Things got only worse for Vancouver as Denis Diaz was demolished for five runs in the seventh. A wild pitch sent Edwards home after a leadoff double while a bases-loaded walk by Ascunsion, a Curry fielder’s choice and a Carter two-run single accounted for the final runs of the game. Will McAffer would finish up with two scoreless frames for Vancouver.
Martinez pitched six innings for the win while Cole Bellinger got the three-inning save.
Elio Silva surrendered one earned run over five innings in Tri-City Monday.
Vancouver had a chance to build on their 1-0 lead in the fourth when Podkul walked and got to third on a Guzman base hit with two away but Wright flied out to left. Polizzi singled with one out in the fifth and stole second base with two out but Rodriguez grounded out to strand Polizzi.
Reilly Johnson and McGregory Contreras drew walks in the seventh but a Polizzi ground ball double play in between cut that rally short. Johnson managed another walk in the ninth but he was the C’s last base runner. Polizzi and Guzman recorded two-hit games for Vancouver. Podkul was aboard twice on a double and a walk. The C’s were 2-for-7 with runners 180 feet away or less and left eight men on base. They struck out 12 times against four walks.
Sterling Guzman had a pair of hits for Vancouver Monday night.
Silva surrendered three runs but only one was earned. He gave up three hits, a walk and hit two batters while striking out two to take the loss. Miller also had two unearned runs on his line after two hits while striking out one in the sixth. Diaz was dinged for five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. McAffer struck out two and walked one over two shutout frames.
Congratulations to Josh Winckowski for winning the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week award for a second time this season.
RHP Josh Winckowski has been named the NWLPitcher of the Week for the 2nd time this season. Winckowski was also named the League’s top arm on July 30th through August 5th.
Weekly Pitching Line: (2G, 2GS, 0-0, 0.00ERA, 13.1IP, 9H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 15SO)https://t.co/s6eQK7wSDw
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The C’s will try again for their first win in Pasco Tuesday night. Henry Henry (4-2, 3.29) will be on the hill for the Dust Devils to throw the first pitch at 7:15 pm. Sean Wymer (4-2, 5.47) starts for Vancouver in a game that can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com. Rob Fai will have the play-by-play.
Rowdy makes the MLB Pipeline prospect team of the week:https://t.co/k6P8CYvgGF
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