Home field continues to be an advantage in the season series between the Vancouver Canadians and Tri-City Dust Devils. The C’s only managed one hit in a 4-2 loss to the Double-D’s at Gesa Stadium Tuesday. Vancouver still leads the season series 6-4 with the home team emerging victorious each time.
Tri-City scored three runs with two outs in the first off Alek Manoah. Matthew Acosta singled with one out and Logan Driscoll did the same with two out. Jack Stronach doubled them home before scoring on a Sean Guilbe single.
The Dust Devils added one more in the fifth when Jonny Homza led off with a double against William Gaston and scored on a two-out extra-base knock by Kelvin Melean.
The Canadians finally scored in the ninth. Luis De Los Santos reached base on a wild pitch by Dominic DiSabatino. De Los Santos was forced out by Tanner Morris on a 1-6-4 fielder’s choice. Cameron Eden drew a walk before Philip Clarke flied out for the second out. Jesus Lopez heard ball four to load the bases and that’s when Dan Dallas was summoned from the Dust Devils bullpen. Dallas would walk Will Robertson to bring home Morris and Ronny Brito worked the count full before also walking to score Eden. Trevor Schwecke grounded out to third for the final out.
The Canadians had a chance to chip away at their three-run deficit in the second inning. Lopez made it to first when Guilbe booted one at third before Robertson singled to right. Tri-City starter Jason Blanchard would ring up Brito before getting Schwecke to hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Vancouver went down in order in the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings with Wen-Hua Sung covering the latter three frames for Blanchard.
The C’s finally got a base runner in the eighth when Brito was walked by DiSabatino with one away but he was forced out by Schwecke on a 6-4 fielder’s choice. McGregory Contreras then struck out to end the inning.
Manoah was saddled with the loss but he finished up strong by striking out the final four hitters he faced. He overcame a Homza walk in the second and induced a Driscoll 6-3 double play to eliminate a Melean single in the third.
Gaston also got back on the beam after giving up a run in the fifth by retiring the last seven hitters he faced in a row and struck out three over three innings.
Joey Pulido gave up a one-out hit to Melean in the eighth but struck out Stronach to finish the frame.
Video highlights of the game from SWX Right Now can be seen here.
The Canadians will try again for their first win of the season at Gesa Stadium. They will face Angel Acevedo in a 7:15 pm start. Adam Kloffenstein will get the rawhide for Vancouver. The affable Rob Fai will call the action on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com.