Vancouver Canadians Griffin Conine Nick Podkul

Nick Podkul (#6) and Griffin Conine (#9) gave Vancouver just enough offence against Boise Friday. 

C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians picked up a much-needed victory to maintain their hold on first place in the North Division. The C’s downed the Boise Hawks 2-1 at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday afternoon to improve to 17-12 in the second half. Spokane remains a game behind after scoring double-digits run again against Salem-Keizer.

Griffin Conine has endured a miserable month of August by batting just .160 coming into the game. He took out his frustration on Boise starter Jeffri Ocando by launching a two-out home run to left-center field to open the scoring in the first.

Nick Podkul added to the Vancouver lead to start the third with a home run to left off Ocando.

Vancouver Canadians Randy Pondler

Randy Pondler pitched seven innings of one-run ball against Boise Friday.

Randy Pondler silenced the Boise bats until the fifth when Cade Harris worked a leadoff walk. Pondler appeared agitated about the last two pitches not being called a strike as he jumped up a couple of times off the mound. Otto Lopez then booted a ball at third off the bat of Willie MacIver to put two runners aboard. Adding to Pondler’s misery was a balk being called to put both runners in scoring position. The Nicaraguan lefty struck out Daniel Jipping swinging for the first out. Jeff Bohling then grounded out to short to score Harris with the first Boise run while pushing MacIver to third. Pondler then got Hidekel Gonzalez to ground out to third as Jake Brodt had to stretch at the first base bag to secure Lopez’s off-target throw for out number three.

Pondler pitched seven strong innings for the win before turning the ball over to Justin Watts who worked a scoreless eighth. Cobi Johnson escaped a nervous ninth to preserve the victory.

Reagan Biechler, Joel Condreay and Eric Hepple provided an inning of shutout relief for Ocando who took the loss.

Boise Hawks Cade Harris Vancouver Canadians Otto Lopez

Cade Harris is tagged out by Otto Lopez after trying to steal third base in the second inning.


C's NotesBoise’s first chance to score came in the top of the second when Harris led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch with one away. Harris tried to steal third but he nailed by Yorman Rodriguez behind the plate. Pondler would strike out Jipping to end the inning.

Pondler faced the minimum in three of the first four innings. The lefty surrendered a one-out single to Abreu in the fourth before picking him off at first.

The sixth inning saw Pondler give up a leadoff base hit to L.J. Hatch. A Terrin Vavra sacrifice bunt and an Abreu groundout to first put Hatch at third base but Pondler caught Luke Morgan looking at strike three for the third out.

Pondler finished up strong with a 1-2-3 seventh that was bookended by called strike threes on Harris and Jipping to end his afternoon. Watts worked a clean eighth but Johnson gave up a Vavra double and walked Abreu to begin the ninth. Johnson rallied with a pair of punchouts on Morgan and Harris before Tanner Kirwer made a diving catch of a sinking liner off the bat of MacIver in center field to end the game.

Pondler permitted one unearned run on three hits and a walk and struck out eight to improve his record to 5-4. He also cut down his earned run average to 2.67. This outing should put Pondler in the running for the Northwest League’s Pitcher of the Week award. He was around 77 to 95 miles per hour with his offerings.

Watts struck out one in the eighth for his third hold of the year. Johnson converted his 10th save of the season in as many tries.

Lopez was robbed of extra bases when his drive to the right-center field gap was caught by Hawks right fielder Willie Abreu. The diving grab was made just before Conine’s sixth home run of the season.

The C’s had something cooking for all eight of their at-bats. Kirwer had a single in the second inning but was thrown out trying to steal second. Brandon Polizzi followed Podkul’s poke in the third by beating out a grounder to short for an infield single. Christopher Bec would ground into a 6-4-3 double play to force Polizzi at second. Lopez drew a walk to extend the inning before Conine went down swinging on a 3-2 pitch.

Brodt got an infield single to third to begin the fourth inning but he was also erased on a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Rodriguez to spoil that rally. The fifth saw Jesus Severino get aboard on a swinging bunt and Podkul pushed him up to second with a walk. However, Polizzi and Bec flied out before Lopez struck out to leave Severino and Podkul stranded.

Conine led off the sixth with a base hit but he was taken on a 4-6-3 twin-killing off the bat of Brodt. In the seventh, Severino and Podkul worked their way again on base with a pair of one-out walks and Bec walked with two outs but the bases were left loaded as Lopez popped out to short.

The eighth inning saw Brodt get a one-out base hit but he did not go any further. Conine and Brodt had two-hit afternoons and Severino had a hit and a walk but Podkul was the on-base leader with two walks to go along with his home run. Polizzi had a base hit and his 19th stolen base of the year.

The C’s and Hawks play the middle game of this five-game series at Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday night. Josh Winckowski (4-4, 2.29) is scheduled to toss the first pitch at 7:05 for the C’s.




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