Griffin Conine had three hits and three RBI in Tri-City Wednesday.
The Vancouver Canadians are glad to see the last of the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2018 after getting embarrassed 15-6 at Gesa Stadium Wednesday night. The C’s still remain two games ahead of Spokane for first place in the North Division as the Indians lost in Everett.
Vancouver scored first with a two-out rally in the first. Christopher Bec got aboard on a walk and Yorman Rodriguez followed with another base on balls against Sam Keating. Griffin Conine grounded one up the middle to score Bec. Jake Brodt would strike out swinging to leave runners on the corners.
Tri-City took advantage of a pair of errors against Nick Allgeyer in their half of the first. Xavier Edwards reached on an infield single to Jesus Severino at short on a 0-2 pitch and Tre Carter got aboard when Severino dropped a ball when Brandon Polizzi threw from second to get at least a force out. Instead, it was runners on first and second and they moved up a base after a Tucupita Marcano to first. Luis Ascunsion hit a ground ball to third on a 1-2 pitch that was thrown away by Otto Lopez. That miscue allowed Edwards to score from third and Carter and Ascunsion to move into scoring position. They would come in to score on a Blake Hunt double to left on another 1-2 pitch to give the Dust Devils a 3-1 lead.
Vancouver would score again in the second with yet another two-out uprising. Polizzi singled to left and would get to second when Keating’s pickoff throw missed the mark. Lopez then lined one up the middle to cash in Polizzi.
Allgeyer was betrayed by his defence in the first but he did himself no favours in the second by walking Kelvin Alarcon and Tyler Benson. A base hit by Xavier Edwards scored Alarcon with the fourth Dust Devils run. Tanner Kirwer threw out Benson at third from center field for the first out. Edwards stole second before Allgeyer got Tre Carter to go down swinging. Juan Nunez took over for Allgeyer and got Marcano to ground out to end the threat.
Tri-City toppled Nunez for five runs. Benson was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on a Rodriguez throwing error behind the plate. Carter scored Benson on a sacrifice fly. Edwards walked and stole second before Carter’s sac fly and Marcano was given an intentional pass. After striking out Ascunsion looking, Nunez walked Hunt and Justin Paulsen to score Edwards. Michael Curry then cleared the bases with a three-run double to make it 9-2 Dust Devils.
The Canadians did not have to swing the bat to get their first run of the sixth. Dust Devils lefty Omar Cruz walked four in a row as Reilly Johnson, Polizzi and Lopez heard ball four before Kirwer got a free pass to score Johnson with Vancouver’s second run. Bec brought in Polizzi with a sacrifice fly before Conine hit a one-out double to left to score Lopez and Kirwer.
The Dust Devils dinged Denis Diaz with a Carter two-run single in the seventh inning and worked over Connor Law with four more runs in the eighth. Hunt led off with a home run before Edwards hit a two-run double and Carter cashed in the last run with an RBI groundout.
Jonathan Guzman got the win for Tri-City with two shutout innings. Nick Kuzia and Joe Galindo finished up with a scoreless frame apiece.
Vancouver lost five of six in Tri-City while splitting their six games at Nat Bailey Stadium, finishing with a 4-8 record. The C’s were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position with nine men left on base. The Dust Devils were a whopping 5-for-22 with runners 180 feet away or less and also left nine men on.
The Canadians reached base 17 times with six hits, 10 walks and a hit by pitch. McGregory Contreras took one for the team in the fourth inning but was picked off by Keating at first base. He was replaced by Johnson in left field in the bottom of the fifth.
Conine went 3-for-5 with three RBI while Lopez, Rodriguez and Polizzi had the other knocks. Lopez walked twice and stole a base while Bec walked three times and pilfered a bag.
Joey Pulido was the only C’s pitcher not to give up a run in Tri-City Wednesday.
Allgeyer allowed four runs in 1-2/3 innings but three were unearned while allowing three hits, two walks and striking out one for the loss. Nunez stranded a runner but was nuked for five runs on two hits and five walks while whiffing three in 2-1/3 innings. Only Joey Pulido emerged unscathed with two shutout innings and two punchouts. Diaz got just two outs and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Law stranded both of Diaz’s runners but coughed up four runs on three hits and two walks over the final 1-1/3 innings with one strikeout.
The C’s are back home to begin their final regular season homestand. The Boise Hawks pay their only visit to Van City for a five-game set beginning Thursday. Jose Espada (3-5, 4.38) will throw the first pitch at 7:05 pm. Boise’s starter has not been named. Pregame show on TSN 1040 is at 6:00 pm with Rob Fai.
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