The Vancouver Canadians won the rubber match of their three-game series in Eugene with a 9-0 whitewashing of the Emeralds at P.K. Park Tuesday.
Tanner Morris opened the game with a walk against Kohl Franklin. A passed ball by Jonathan Soto, a wild pitch and a Philip Clarke grounder to short helped Morris complete his trip around the bases.
A passed ball also figured into the scoring for Vancouver in the fifth. Soto’s missing on the rawhide allowed Clarke to get to second after his one-out base hit. A single to left field by Will Robertson pushed Clarke home to make it 2-0 Canadians.
Luis De Los Santos led off the fifth with a single and he would score after an errant pick-off throw by Chris Allen and a throwing error by Edmond Americaan in right field. Morris kept the inning alive with a two-out single and that allowed Jesus Lopez to step up and swat a two-run home run to left-center field.
Monty’s Mounties tacked on four more in the ninth. McGregory Contreras singled, Robertson walked and Ronny Brito singled to load the baes off Aneuris Rosario with nobody out. Dom Abbadessa‘s 6-4 fielder’s choice scored Contreras. An error by Eugene shortstop Pedro Martinez on an Adrian Ramos ground ball plated Robertson and a two-run double by Morris against Matteo Bocchi to left brought in Abbadessa and Ramos.
Nick Fraze gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings and struck out three while inducing five groundball outs. Luis Quinones struck out eight of the 12 men he faced over four perfect frames. His only blemish was hitting Martinez with a pitch but Clarke threw him out trying to steal second. Gage Burland got three groundouts in a perfect eighth. Parker Caracci tossed a one-hit ninth.
Brandon Hughes pitched two shutout frames and struck out three in a losing cause for Eugene.
The Canadians did most of their shopping on offence for the four innings they scored. They went down in order in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings. Morris walked to lead off the eighth but was erased on a Lopez double play to help the Emeralds face the minimum in their five shutout innings.
Morris doubled, singled and walked twice and added a stolen base. He’s hitting .316 so far in August. He has 35 free passes and has an on-base percentage of .388. Robertson was the other C’s hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.
Fraze, Quinones, Burland and Caracci racked up 13 strikeouts with one walk and one hit by pitch with Fraze and Burland keeping the ball on the ground with five and three outs on the dirt respectively.
The Canadians start a three-game series in Spokane tonight. Alek Manoah is slated to go up against Teodoro Ortega in a 6:30 pm start at Avista Stadium. The game can be heard on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com.