The Vancouver Canadians battled back from two deficits but still wound up losing their third straight game after a 5-3 loss to the Everett AquaSox at Everett Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Everett scored a run off Juan Diaz in the first inning when a one-out triple by Cooner Hoover scored a Cesar Izturis Jr. leadoff single.
Vancouver would tie it up when Luis De Los Santos hit an “oppo-taco” to right field, taking Brayan Perez deep to start the second.
The AquaSox got a long ball of their own when Cade Marlowe put one over the wall in right-center in the third inning that spoiled Diaz’s strike out the side effort.
One more Everett run came in the fourth when Carter Bins walked against Diaz and made it to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by Philip Clarke behind the plate. Trent Tingelstad then dunked one into center field to score Bins to make it 3-1.
Vancouver began to rally in the eighth when Will Robertson whacked one over the wall for the third straight game, taking one deep to right-center over Garrett Westberg. McGregory Contreras singled and Brett Wright worked a one-out walk and Contreras would get to third when De Los Santos hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Contreras appeared to be tagged out at third when he went around the bag too far but base umpire Kyle Stutz ruled Contreras safe. Cameron Eden‘s infield single to third scored Contreras with the tying run.
Left-hander Kyle Huckaby made his C’s debut in the bottom of the eighth and it started well as he retired the first two batters, including a strikeout of Tingelstad for the second out. An error by Wright at first base in which he dropped a pop up allowed Juan Camacho to get aboard and extend the inning. A Luis Joseph triple would score pinch-runner Utah Jones all the way from first to put the Frogs ahead. Izturis added an insurance run with a base hit to score Joseph.
Fred Villareal struck out two of the three batters he faced to collect the save in the ninth.
Spencer Horwitz got the start at second base and batted leadoff in place of Tanner Morris. He opened the game with a base hit to center and scampered to third on a Clarke double with two outs but Wright flied out to right to leave two men on.
Robertson started the third inning with a base hit to right but he was nailed trying to expand his extra-base portfolio on a 9-6 putout at second. The former Creighton Bluejay tried to start another rally in the sixth with a base hit to right but he was forced out on an inning-ending 6-3 double play from Clarke as Izturis made a diving stop before completing the twin-killing.
The seventh inning saw the C’s load the bases against Ivan Fortunato. De Los Santos reached on a fielder’s choice after Wright reached on a fielding error by Izturis at short. Eden lined out to second but walks to Trevor Schwecke and Dom Abbadessa filled the bags. Fortunato threw a pair of wild pitches in that sequence but he got out of the inning when he struck out Horwitz looking.
Diaz had just one clean inning with a 1-2-3 second. He had to damage control in the fifth by stranding a Connor Hoover single and stolen base.
Luke Gillingham was able to pitch two shutout frames in relief of Diaz. It did not come easy as Bins reached base on a Schwecke throwing error at third but Gillingham was able to pick off Bins trying to swipe second. The seventh inning saw Gillingham walk Marlowe and Hoover with two away but he froze Robert Perez on a strike three call for his fourth strikeout of the night.
The Toronto Blue Jays may have tipped their hand as to who will more than likely not set foot in Vancouver in 2020. Bluefield infield prospects Miguel Hiraldo and Leonardo Jimenez were summoned to Lansing and made their Midwest League debuts in Fort Wayne Saturday. Hiraldo had a triple but Jimenez went 0-for-4. According to MLB Pipeline, Hiraldo is the Blue Jays 9th best prospect while Jimenez checks in at number 14.
The second-to-last game of the season goes Sunday at 4:05 pm. Rob Fai will call the action on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com.