The Vancouver Canadians had to settle for a .500 record on their six-game road trip after a 2-1 loss to the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium Friday.
Vancouver got their lone run in the second when Cameron Eden singled off Zak Kent, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Luis De Los Santos.
Alex Nolan shutout Spokane over the first 5-2/3 innings and was a strike away from getting through to the sixth but back-to-back two-out home runs by Luis Ascunsion and Kellen Strahm put the home side ahead for good.
From that point, the C’s did not get a baserunner until they were down to their final out. Two-out singles by Ronny Brito and Eden off Triston Polley led to a pitching change for Spokane. Joe Corbett came in and struck out Brett Wright looking to end the game.
Billy Layne Jr. got the win with four shutout innings in relief of Kent. Juan Castillo followed up with a shutout frame for Spokane.
The Canadians welcomed the return of Joey Pulido to their bullpen. He tossed 1-1/3 shutout innings of one-hit relief with one strikeout. The former Houston Cougar had spent the majority of the year in Lansing and made a cameo appearance with the Buffalo Bisons. The Clute, Texas native gave up just two unearned runs over 24-2/3 innings with the C’s last season but struggled with the Lugnuts this year after posting a 6.08 earned run average. He was placed on Lansing’s injured list at the end of July. After wearing 15 last season, he has been assigned #39.
Parker Caracci struck out the side swinging in the eighth inning, throwing 13 of 17 pitches for strikes.
Tanner Morris began the game with a single but would go no further. The third inning saw Trevor Schwecke single and Jesus Lopez walk with one out but Will Robertson was robbed of a hit by lining out to Strahm at center and Brito hit into a fielder’s choice to end that rally. Innings four through eight were an exercise in futility for the Vancouver offence.
On a positive note, here are some video highlights of Thursday’s win from SWX Right Now.
The Canadians are back home to host the Boise Hawks in a game that will be televised on Sportsnet Pacific. First pitch at Nat Bailey Stadium is 7:05 pm.