The Vancouver Canadians picked up their second straight one-run victory over the Boise Hawks with another 3-2 win at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The game did not see its first run until the top of the fifth when Boise got to Juan Diaz for a pair of runs. Daniel Cope doubled to center to begin inning and scored on a one-out single up the middle by Trevor Boone. Diaz would walk Motley after Boone stole second but got Vladimir Dilone to pop up to third. Turner Brown would rip a base hit to left that scored Boone but Brown was thrown out at second on a 7-2-4 play started by Dom Abbadessa to end the inning. Brown was injured on the slide home and was replaced by Dilone at short to start the bottom of the fifth. Robert Metz took over for Dilone at second.
The C’s responded in the sixth when Abbadessa worked a leadoff walk from Braxton Lorenzini and would steal second (his 8th swipe of the season) before getting to third on a wild pitch that was thrown behind Tanner Morris. Lorenzini would later walk Morris and that would be it for the Boise righthander. In a battle of Cameron E’s, Hawks hurler Cameron Enck hit Vancouver’s Cameron Eden with a pitch to load the bases. A 3-6 fielder’s choice by Philip Clarke would score Abbadessa with the C’s first run. Enck then threw one to the backstop that allowed Morris to score run number two. Tyler Plantier then muffed a ground ball off the bat of McGregory Contreras and that allowed Clarke to score all the way from second with what turned out to be the winning run.
Juan Diaz and Zaak Baayoun matched zeros for the first four innings before Diaz blinked but the Dominican lefty pitched six innings of two-run ball on four hits and a walk while striking out four for the win. Josh Almonte got the hold with two shutout innings with two strikeouts. Grayson Huffman gave up one baserunner in the ninth on a two-out walk to Plantier but the lefty picked Plantier off at first to end the game and collect the save.
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Diaz was dialed in at 74, 75, 80 and 82-90 miles per hour with strikeouts at 87, 90 and 75. Almonte was at 82-85 and 92-94 with strikeouts at 84 and 85. Huffman had pitches recorded at 91 and 94.
Boise’s defence was on point in the first inning. Boone made a sliding catch in left field to take away a hit from Morris, Eden hit one on the button but right at Brown at short and Clarke’s line drive up the middle was slowed down by Baayoun on the mound and allowed Dilone to complete a 1-4-3 putout to retire the side in order.
Will Robertson had the first hit of the day for Vancouver with an infield single to third that Plantier could not handle. That two-out hit in the second would go for naught as Robertson was picked off at first by Baayoun.
Before Contreras’ ground ball that helped produce the winning run in the sixth, he lined a pitch foul into the C’s dugout that appeared to nail hitting coach Aaron Mathews in the leg but the man nicknamed ‘Butch’ was able to tough it out.
Vancouver manager Casey Candaele was able to produce an eventual out in the eighth inning. Dilone reached base at first on what appeared to be an infield hit but Candaele argued that Dilone fouled the ball off his foot. Home plate umpire Kellen Martin and base umpire Matt Barrett discussed the play and ruled Dilone had to go back up to bat. Dilone would later strike out swinging on a 3-2 pitch by Almonte for the second out of the eighth.
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Nick Fraze is the scheduled starter for Vancouver in Monday’s series finale at the Nat. He’s expected to throw the first pitch at 7:05 pm. Breiling Eusebio is expected to throw for Boise. Rob Fai will call the action on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com. This game will decide the season series between the two clubs as the Hawks won three of four against the C’s in Boise in late July before Vancouver’s two wins over the weekend.