The good times on national TV came to a sudden end for the Vancouver Canadians. They were spanked 11-1 by the Everett AquaSox at Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday in the fourth game that was televised on Sportsnet Pacific.
The AquaSox got to Grant Townsend for four runs after two men were out. Cade Marlowe singled and Robert Perez doubled to start the rally. Cash Gladfelter went down swinging but Carter Bins walked to load the bases. Townsend struck out Miguel Perez but Utah Jones and Cesar Izturis Jr. had back-to-back two run singles to put Everett ahead for good. The C’s nearly got a lucky bounce on Jones’ single. Ramos’ throw from right field took a pinball bounce when it went off the leg of AquaSox manager Louis Boyd near the third base coaching box and right to Trevor Schwecke at third base. Schwecke was unable to hold the ball when he tried to tag Bins who was able to get back to the bag in time.
The third inning saw the Canadians strike out the side but not before three more runs crossed the plate for the visitors. Patrick Frick walked and Trent Tingelstand singled him over to third. Townsend would strike out Marlowe before being replaced by Alex Nolan. Robert Perez greeted Nolan with an RBI single and Bins singled home two more. Nolan would get Gladfelter and Miguel Perez to go down swinging.
The AquaSox made it to double digits with a three-run fifth. Bins belted a two-run homer into the C’s bullpen in left field to score a Gladfelter single. Izturis would single home a Miguel Perez to make it 10-0 Frogs.
Schwecke made sure the C’s would not suffer a shutout as he launched one over the home run porch in left field off Matt Martin to lead off the sixth inning.
The final run of the game was scored by the AquaSox in the ninth. Josh Almonte and Luke Gillingham had kept the Everett bats in check in the seventh and eighth respectively but Gillingham walked Jones with one away in the ninth before Izturis doubled him home. Izturis was thrown out at third by Dom Abbadessa from left field.
Seattle Mariners first round pick George Kirby struck out six over three shutout innings of two-hit ball. Bernie Martinez finished up the game in the ninth for Martin who got the win with five shutout innings of relief.
Radar Gun Rundown
Townsend reached 96 miles per hour on the radar gun with the first pitch of the game. He was at 81, 82, 85 and 89-93 with strikeouts of 91, 92, 81, 82 and 87. Nolan was at 77-80 and 88-90 with strikeouts of 78, 90, 90, 80 and 78. Almonte got to 94-96 and had a strikeout of 82. Gillingham was at 73, 74, 77, 79, 82, 85-87 and 89 with Ks of 74, 76, 89.
Philip Clarke had the first Vancouver hit off Kirby with a two-out single in the first. Brett Wright had the other hit off the Mariners first rounder on an infield single in the second inning to third that Frick tried to barehand but his throw was off-target. Clarke and Wright had two hits apiece.
Wright’s next at-bat in the fourth inning resulted in a three-way collision on an infield pop up towards the third base side. Gladfelter came in from first base and made the catch to end the inning but not before two of his fellow teammates crashed into him. All three were able to stay in the game.
Tanner Morris showed good range on a ground ball towards the shortstop side of the second base bag and threw out Jones in the fifth inning.
Ramos was robbed of a hit by lining a bullet to the mound that Martin was able to snare to end the seventh inning.
Cameron Eden made a bid for a base hit but a diving catch by Marlowe in left concluded the eighth.
Vancouver Canadians manager Casey Candaele and general manager Allan Bailey honoured the team’s Northwest League All-Star contingent moments with an on-field ceremony after the game. Right-hander Adam Kloffenstein, infielders Trevor Schwecke and Yorman Rodriguez and catcher Philip Clarke were all fêted with Kloffenstein also receiving recognition for his Northwest League Pitcher of the Week award from July 15-21.
The Canadians will not have Hagen Danner join the team from Lansing according to team sources. The catcher/first baseman’s name appeared on the Northwest League’s transactions column but the transaction was merely a “paper move”. Danner was Toronto’s second round pick in 2017 from Huntington Beach High School in California.
Another “paper move” was right-hander Juan Nunez being reassigned to Lansing from Vancouver. Nunez began the year with the C’s before getting called up to the Lugnuts.
The Canadians are back out on the road for the start of a three-game series in Eugene. Sunday’s first pitch is set for 5:05 pm at P.K. Park. Rob Fai will have the call on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com. The game can also be seen on MiLB.TV.