The Vancouver Canadians were crushed in their penultimate game of 2019 as they fell 11-3 by the Everett AquaSox at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday.
The Frogs jumped on Luis Quinones for three runs in the first inning. Quinones hit Cesar Izturis Jr. with a pitch to start the game. After getting Utah Jones to hit into a fielder’s choice, Quinones surrendered a single to Patrick Frick and he and Jones scored on a Cade Marlowe triple down the right field line. Marlowe would later score on a Robert Perez sacrifice fly.
The Canadians fought back for two runs in the second inning against Deivy Florido. A Spencer Horwitz single and a Ryan Sloniger double were cashed in by a Luis De Los Santos single to make it a one-run game. De Los Santos would steal second base but the C’s were retired in order.
The AquaSox went right back to work on offence when Miguel Perez homered on the first pitch he saw to begin the second inning.
Everett added two runs in the third when a pair of walks issued by Quinones to Connor Hoover and Robert Perez scored on a Quinones wild pitch and a Miguel Perez double off Nick Fraze respectively.
Utah Jones made it 7-2 Frogs when he took Fraze deep for a solo home run to right field start the fourth.
The AquaSox resumed scoring in the seventh off Mike Pascoe. He hit Brennon Kaleiwahea before giving up a run-scoring double to Marlowe. Pascoe was pulled from the game when he walked Hoover. Grayson Huffman got the first two hitters he faced but gave up a two-run double to Luis Joseph that scored Marlowe and Hoover to give Everett a double-digit total in the run column.
Everett’s seven consecutive runs were answered by a Trevor Schwecke solo homer to right-center field off Travis Kuhn in the eighth inning.
The AquaSox answered that run with one of their own in their eighth inning at-bat. Kaleiwahea was walked by Huffman with one out, singled over to third by Marlowe and scored on another base rap by Hoover.
Brock Minich surrendered a two=out single to Sloniger in the ninth before finishing the ballgame.
A Tanner Morris walk in the third inning was the only baserunner Vancouver had until Schwecke’s home run in the eighth. Morris was forced out on the front end of a 4-6-3 double play by Will Robertson so Everett pitchers only had to face the minimum for innings three through seven.
That huge gorilla seen leaving Everett Memorial Stadium in the eighth inning had taken residence on Schwecke’s back for the better part of two weeks. The Northwest League All-Star ended a 0-for-31 skid with his second home run of the year. Adrian Ramos drew a walk after Schwecke’s home run but he was stranded.
Things were getting dire for the C’s pitching staff Sunday as outfielder Dom Abbadessa—the team’s designated hitter Sunday—was warming up in the bullpen in case the Frogs extended their eighth inning rally against Huffman.
Winder Garcia is slated to make his Northwest League debut on the mound for Vancouver in the season finale at Everett Memorial Stadium. The 17 year-old right-hander from Caracas, Venezuela began the year with the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays before being promoted to the Gulf Coast League. Between the two stops, Garcia went 6-1 with a 2.79 earned run average with 51 strikeouts in 48-1/3 innings.
Alek Manoah was slated to get the start but the Toronto Blue Jays brass decided to shut down the 2019 first rounder for the rest of the season.
Rob Fai will have the broadcast on Sportsnet 650 and CanadiansBaseball.com at 4:05 pm.