The Vancouver Canadians let one slip away at Everett Memorial Stadium Tuesday. The AquaSox scored once in the eighth and ninth innings for a come-from-behind 5-4 win.
Nick Fraze only pitched one inning and surrendered three runs on a Trent Tinglestad bases-loaded walk, a Patrick Frick RBI single and a Cade Marlowe sacrifice fly.
The C’s got back into the game when Trevor Schwecke doubled off Tim Elliott to start the second inning and would eventually score on a passed ball by Juan Camacho. Ronny Brito singled and would later cross home plate on a Cameron Eden fielder’s choice to bring the C’s to within 3-2.
Andy McGuire pitched for Vancouver in the bottom of the second and gave up an Austin Shenton single, a Robert Perez double and a run-scoring groundout to Ryan Court to put Everett ahead by two.
Another passed ball by Camacho gave the C’s new life in the third inning as Luis De Los Santos reached first base. De Los Santos swiped second and Trevor Schwecke walked before Ryan Sloniger doubled off Jorge Benitez to plate De Los Santos. Brito loaded the bases with a walk. Schwecke scored the tying run when Shenton booted a ball at third on a ground ball by Brett Wright. Instead of a big inning, Dominic Abbadessa grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Vancouver took the lead in the fourth when Eden walked and Tanner Morris doubled him home. Morris got to third on a De Los Santos groundout to short but was thrown out at home on a Will Robertson grounder to third.
The score remained 5-4 Vancouver until the eighth when Frick walked and Marlowe doubled off Alex Nolan. A Luis Joseph sacrifice fly plated Frick with the tying run. Luke Gillingham got the final out of the inning to strand Marlowe at third.
A Court walk by Gillingham to begin the ninth spelled the beginning of the end for Vancouver. Pinch-runner DeAires Moses got to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tinglestad. Carter Bins struck out swinging but Court made it down to third after the C’s botched a rundown after Wright threw down to third from behind the plate. Wright was charged with a passed ball. Gillingham walked Frick intentionally and was one pitch away from getting out of the inning but he plunked pinch-hitter Billy Cooke on a 3-2 pitch. Four off-the-mark itches later, the AquaSox celebrated a walk-off win as Miguel Perez kept his bat on the shoulder to bring home Moses.
Travis Kuhn earned the win with a 1-2-3 ninth for Everett.
Alex Nolan gave up the tying run in the eighth but struck out six over 4-2/3 innings after taking over for McGuire. The Burlington, Ontario native from Brock University allowed just three hits and an intentional walk.
The C’s had other chances to pad their lead. Sloniger drew a leaoff walk and Abbadessa singled with two away in the sixth against Logan Rinehart but came up empty. Schwecke singled and stole second to begin the seventh but got no further.
The first inning saw Eden start the game with a walk and stole second one out later but he would remain 180 feet away from home plate. Eden started the eighth with a single off Reid Morgan but was thrown out at second trying to make it a double.
The C’s had just two hits in 15 tries with runners at second and/or third and left nine men stranded. They fall to 3-9 on the season.
Adam Kloffenstein gets the ball for Vancouver Wednesday night against Damon Cassetta-Stubbs in a 7:05 pm first pitch at Everett Memorial Stadium. The game can be heard on Sportsnet 650 The Fan and CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai.