The good news for the Vancouver Canadians is their seven-game road trip is over. They lost their sixth straight game after a 7-1 setback to the Everett AquaSox at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Frogs set the tone early when Billy Cooke led off the bottom of the first with a home run against Grant Townsend. Robert Perez walked and Trent Tingelstad picked up a one-out single before a Ryan Sloniger passed ball advanced Perez to third. Townsend got out of danger by getting a 3-6-3 double play.
After going three-up, three-down against rehabbing big leaguer Sam Tuivailala, the Canadians evened the score in the second. Yorman Rodriguez greeted Aaron Northcraft with a triple to center and he would score on a passed ball from Carter Bins. McGregory Contreras then got a one-out single and got to second when Bins passed up another serving of rawhide. Contreras would remain two bases away as Sloniger popped up and Ronny Brito struck out swinging.
The second verse was the same as the first for Townsend as he gave up a leadoff home run to Bins to begin the second inning.
Vancouver had a chance to tie the game in the third when Trevor Schwecke and Luis De Los Santos got aboard with two-out singles against Juan Then but Rodriguez struck out swinging.
After retiring the side in order with a pair of strikeouts in the third, Townsend got into trouble in the fourth. A one-out walk and stolen base by Cade Marlowe was followed by a throwing error at third by Luis De Los Santos that allowed Bins to reach first. An errant pickoff attempt at first by Townsend resulted in Marlowe crossing home plate.
The AquaSox put the game away in the eighth with four runs against Grayson Huffman. Bins walked with the bases loaded to score a Perez single and Luis Joseph‘s sacrifice fly cashed in a Ryan Court base knock. Adams Cuevas allowed two more runs to score on a Cesar Izturis Jr. single that plated a Tingelstand single and Bins’ walk.
Will Robertson‘s base hit in the top of the seventh snapped a string of 10 batters retired by Everett pitching. Robertson was forced out on the front end of a 6-4-3 double play hit into by Contreras.
Evan Johnson pitched the last two innings for Everett with a hit by pitch against Tanner Morris his only blemish.
The AquaSox are back at .500 with the win at 7-7. The C’s are a Northwest League-worst 3-11.
Andy McGuire had the only clean pitching line for Vancouver as he worked around two hits and a hit by pitch to complete 2-1/3 innings in which he struck out a pair. That dropped his earned run average to 0.96.
All of McGuire’s four outs in play were on the ground. Townsend had seven outs placed into action with six of them staying on the fake turf of the diamond. He also had four strikeouts over 4-2/3 innings in which he threw 77 pitches.
The C’s begin their second homestand against the same team they began their first homestand with—the Spokane Indians. Game times are 7:05 pm Friday and Saturday and 1:05 pm Sunday. The games will be carried by Sportsnet 650 The Fan and CanadiansBaseball.com
The C’s should invite the Cookie Monster to town as C also stands for Canadians