The Vancouver Canadians are still looking for their first win of July. The C’s went down to defeat to the Salem Keizer Volcanoes 6-1 at Volcanoes Stadium Thursday.
Grant Townsend kept the Volcanoes in check until the fifth inning when he surrendered a one-out triple to Kwan Adkins. Having thrown 87 pitches, Townsend left the game and Parker Caracci took over. He sandwiched a strikeout of Alexander Canario by walking Simon Whiteman and Sean Roby. Ricardo Genoves delivered the dagger with a three-run double to put the Volcanoes ahead to stay.
Salem-Keizer tacked on three more runs in the seventh when Canario’s single off Josh Almonte was tripled home by Roby. Almonte uncorked a wild pitch that plated Roby before a Franklin Labour doubled home a Genoves walk.
Vancouver avoided the whitewash with a run in the ninth. Tanner Morris worked a leadoff walk against Bryce Tucker. The Volcanoes tried to turn a 5-4-3 on a Luis De Los Santos ground ball but a throwing error by Yorlis Rodriguez at second allowed De Los Santos to get to second after Morris was forced out. Yorman Rodriguez could not bring home De Los Santos by popping out to second but Trevor Schwecke did as his third hit of the night got the job done.
Vancouver’s bats were stifled by Kervin Castro for the first six innings and by Chris Roberts for the seventh and eighth. Gage Burland tossed a shutout eighth for the C’s.
Schwecke supplied 75 percent of the C’s hit total by going 3-for-4 with an RBI. De Los Santos had the other hit in the fourth inning.
Vancouver had two runners on base in the sixth but not at the same time. A Ronny Brito leadoff walk in the sixth was forced out on a Cameron Eden double play. Morris drew the first of his two walks right afterwards but was left stranded.
A Schwecke one-out double in the seventh represented the first time the C’s got a runner in scoring position but Schwecke was thrown out trying to steal third for the final out of the inning. Brett Wright drew a walk in the eighth but that also led nowhere.
Townsend gave up a run on three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch over 4-1/3 innings but racked up eight strikeouts. The Oral Roberts product is second in the Northwest League in strikeouts with 26 over 17-2/3 innings and his 2.55 earned run average is seventh-best.
The C’s have announced Gabriel Ponce and Juan Diaz as their starters for the final two games of their series in Salem-Keizer. Game times are set for 6:35 pm but they could be pushed back 40 minutes if there is a July 5th and July 6th celebration. The games can be heard on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai.