The Vancouver Canadians no longer have a share of top spot in the High-A West League after a 7-1 loss to the Eugene Emeralds at Ron Tonkin Field Tuesday. The Emeralds and Everett AquaSox are now tied for first place after Everett’s 16-2 thrashing of Hillsboro.
Sean Wymer was whacked for four runs in the first inning by the San Francisco affiliate. Logan Wyatt doubled home a Patrick Bailey double before Tyler Fitzgerald launched a three-run home run that scored Bailey and a Franklin Labour walk.
Vancouver got their only run in the bottom of the first when Cameron Eden singled and stole his 17th base of the year base with two outs. He would come in to score when Javeyan Williams botched a fly ball in center field off the bat of Spencer Horwitz.
The Emeralds staged a two-out rally of their own off Wymer in the second inning as Fitzgerald singled home a Wyatt HBP and a Labout double.
Wymer struck out the side in the third but gave up another run in the fourth when a Simon Whitehead leadoff walk was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly by Labour.
The Canadians could not get much of anything going against Emeralds starter Aaron Phillips. He hit Ryan Gold with a pitch after the C’s scored their only run in the first and surrendered a Tanner Morris double in the third.
Vancouver’s most promising rally came in the fifth when Ronny Brito doubled and D.J. Neal single to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Tanner Kirwer flied out to center and Ronny Brito had tagged up to try to score but decided to retreat to third. Neal had committed himself to go to third and was caught in a rundown that resulted in getting tagged out. Brito then tried to score and he was a dead duck at the plate at the tail end of an 8-4-3-2 triple play.
A Kirwer single in the eighth and a Gold walk in the ninth were the only blemishes on Bryce Tucker‘s line as he pitched three innings for the save.
The lone bright spot for Vancouver was its bullpen. Lefty Brandon Eisert of Beaverton, Oregon continued to enjoy the home cooking with six strikeouts in three shutout innings. The only runner who reached base was Carter Aldrete on a passed ball by Philip Clarke in the fifth.
Sam Ryan followed Eisert and finished off the other two innings by holding the Emeralds to two hits while striking out two.
C.J. Van Eyk is slated to pitch for Vancouver against Eugene. Game time is 7:05 pm at CanadiansBaseball.com.
The latest Game Program featuring an interview with pitcher Nick Fraze is now available on the Vancouver Canadians website.
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