C’s Recap – Canadians Lose Division Lead After Shutout In Spokane

Vancouver Canadians Otto Lopez

Otto Lopez had the only extra-base hit for Vancouver Saturday night.


C's RecapFailure is no longer an option if the Vancouver Canadians want to make the 2018 Northwest League playoffs. The Spokane Indians blanked the C’s 6-0 at Avista Stadium Saturday night to move one game ahead for first place in the North Division.

A two-out home run by Julio Pablo Martinez to left-center field in the third inning off Josh Winckowski was all Spokane needed.

Winckowksi gave up two more runs on a Jax Biggers double and a Martinez single to move ahead 4-0 after five. Starling Joseph socked a two-run home run off Marcus Reyes in the sixth to round out the scoring. Troy Miller pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth for Vancouver.

Former Blue Jays draft pick Jake Latz dominated on the hill for Spokane by striking out 11 batters by allowing just one hit and three walks over 5-2/3 shutout innings. Cole Uvila pitched 2-1/3 shutout frames and Reggie Meyer finished up with a zero in the ninth.

Vancouver Canadians Troy Miller

Troy Miller tossed two shutout innings of relief in Spokane Saturday.


C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s did not get their first runner on base until Jesus Severino reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch to start the third. Otto Lopez drew a two-out walk but Griffin Conine grounded out to second to strand the two runners.

The C’s best opportunity to score was in the sixth when Lopez doubled with one out and Christopher Bec and Tanner Kirwer drew two-out walks but Uvila relieved Latz and struck out Brodt looking to leave the bases loaded.

Conine had a two-out walk and stolen base in the eighth and Kirwer started the ninth with a base hit but that was all Vancouver would muster. Kirwer and Lopez both had base hits and walks but the C’s went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. They had just two hits, four walks and 15 strikeouts.

Winckowski stranded a pair of singles in the first but gave up four runs on six hits. He struck out eight and walked nobody. Reyes was roughed up for a home run and a walk over one inning. Miller pitched struck out four over two innings of one-hit ball.

The C’s send southpaw Elio Silva to the hill (3-3, 3.69) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Rehabbing Texas Ranger Chi Chi Gonzalez will throw the first pitch for Spokane at 3:30 pm. Rob Fai will have a pregame show at 2:30 pm on TSN 1040. The game can also be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com.

Congratulations to 2014 Canadians lefthander Jose Fernandez for making his major league debut with a scoreless inning in Miami Saturday night. Congratulations also goes to 2014 C’s righthander Sean Reid-Foley for winning his first major league start today in Miami with seven strong innings of one-run ball with four hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.

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My name is Niall O’Donohoe and I am an avid follower of baseball, specifically Canada’s Teams – the Toronto Blue Jays and their affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. My blog beginnings began in 2007 with Batter’s Box, where I’m still allowed to write stories, summaries and photos about the Blue Jays minor league system under the alias #2JBrumfield. The blog formerly known as Niall On Baseball, C’s Plus Baseball follows the C’s from behind the lens at Nat Bailey Stadium. The reason for the name change was to reflect the main purpose of this blog, which is to deliver plus coverage of the C’s through photos and observations of the players striving to make it to the major leagues, be it with Toronto or one of the other 29 MLB teams. From time to time, I do make it to other baseball games outside of The Nat and will post about them here as well. If you like what you see here, please spread the word about CsPlusBaseball.ca by tweeting about this website or using your favourite social media platform about this website that pledges to deliver awesome content about Canada’s only affiliated professional minor league baseball club. Thanks for visiting!
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