The Vancouver Canadians have their first win of July. They ended a five-game winning streak with a 16-9 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium Saturday.
All nine hitters for Monty’s Mounties had a hit and a run driven in as they compiled 22 hits on the night. They got to Volcanoes starter Luis Moreno early and often beginning with a three-run first inning. Yorman Rodriguez plated the first run with a sacrifice fly before Trevor Schwecke singled home two.
Vancouver would pile it on in the second with an eight-run frame. Ronny Brito tripled home two runs before scoring on a Cameron Eden double. Rodriguez, Schwecke and McGregory Contreras rattled off RBI singles before Will Robertson drove home two more with a double for an 11-0 lead.
Canadians starter Juan Diaz faced the minimum over the first two frames and survived a hit and an error in the third before giving up two runs in the fourth on a balk that brought home a Franklin Labour triple and a Harrison Freed single that cashed in an Armani Smith walk.
Vancouver got back to work in the fifth when Tanner Morris socked his first professional home run off Tyler Schimpf to make it 12-2. Salem-Keizer answered with a homer of their own in their half of the fifth when Labour hit a two-run shot to score an Alexander Canario single.
Both teams traded runs in the sixth when Brito’s fielder’s choice scored a run for Vancouver while Tyler Flores answered back for Salem-Kezier with with a one-out home run that chased Diaz from the game.
Vancouver scored again in the seventh on a Luis De Los Santos fielder’s choice greeted Israel Cruz who took over for Andy Rohloff. Salem-Keirzer responded with a pair of runs off Nicolas Medina on a infield single by Smith and a throwing error by De Los Santos on the same play.
Both clubs were back at it again in the ninth when Philip Clarke homered for the second time in as many games as he took Yoel Veras deep. De Los Santos would cap off the C’s scoring with an RBI double.
Mike Pascoe took over for Grayson Huffman who got the final two outs of the eighth. The Volcanoes strung together four hits and a walk off Pascoe with one run coming on a double play ball and the other on a Flores RBI double but the C’s still won by a converted touchdown.
Diaz got the win to even his record at 1-1. Moreno got the loss by getting mauled for 11 runs in 1-2/3 innings with nine of the runs being earned.
Schwecke singled in his first five trips to the plate but grounded out to short in the ninth to fall short of a six-hit game. The outburst shot his average up 45 points to .295.
Clarke was one hit shy of Schwecke on the C’s leaderboard as he had three singles to go with his home run. De Los Santos won the bronze with three hits. Morris, Rodriguez, Contreras and Robertson made it seven players who enjoyed multi-hit nights for the C’s. Robertson drew two walks while Rodriguez and Contreras took one for the team.
The Canadians are back home for a Sunday game beginning at 5:05 pm against the Everett AquaSox. Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com are where you can hear the game live if you cannot make it to Nat Bailey Stadium.