The Everett AquaSox embarrassed the Vancouver Canadians 16-9 at Ron Tonkin Field Tuesday in a sloppy game that seemed to take forever and a lifetime.
Sean Wymer got through a scoreless first inning with just a two-out walk but he did not get anybody out in the second. Carter Bins homered on the first pitch he saw to start the frame and Patrick Frick would add a three-run shot to make it 4-0 Everett. An RBI single by Zach DeLoach and an RBI triple by Julio Rodriguez would send Wymer to the showers. Willy Gaston took over in relief and yielded an Austin Shenton sacrifice fly to put Everett ahead by a converted touchdown.
Everett would boot a field goal in the fourth off Gaston. A Bins RBI groundout, a Tyler Keenan base hit and a Jack Larsen triple put the AquaSox ahead 10-0.
Gaston would allow a single and double in the fifth before he was replaced by Marcus Reyes. A Rodriguez groundout and a fielding error by Luis De Los Santos at short allowed the two runners Gaston left behind to score.
The Canadians responded with a converted TD of their own in the sixth. AquaSox starter Brandon Williamson issued a one-out walk to Spencer Horwitz before giving way to Igor Januario. A walk to Tanner Morris and an error by Rodriguez in left allowed De Los Santos to get aboard and load the bases. A Ryan Gold two-run double to right and a Ronny Brito single to short would produce the first three runs for Vancouver. A throwing error by Kaden Polcovich at short on the play allowed Gold to get to third base. Brito moved up to second on a Januario wild pitch and both he and Gold would score on Tanner Kirwer‘s single up the middle. A single by Philip Clarke and an error in right by DeLoach allowed Kirwer to score all the way from first. Cameron Eden chased Januario from the game with a double to right to score Clarke with the C’s seventh run. Bernie Martinez ended the inning by getting Horwitz to ground out to first.
Everett would score a run in the seventh when Cody Grosse singled off Reyes. A stolen base and an throwing error by Clarke allowed Grosse to get to third before coming home on a DeLoach base hit.
Eden homered off Dayeison Arias for a solo shot in the eighth but Everett added three more in the ninth off Justin Maese courtesy of a Shenton RBI single and a two-run knock by Bins.
Brito homered off Fred Villarreal on the first pitch of the ninth for Vancouver’s final tally.
Wymer was whacked for two home runs among his six hits and two walks, leading to seven runs allowed in one-plus innings.
Gaston allowed the last of Wymer’s runs to score and and gave up four earned runs out of five in three innings on five hits and two walks while striking out three in three innings.
Reyes could not keep two Gaston runs from scoring, yielding a run of his own on two hits but he rung up three over three frames.
Maese was mauled for three runs on two hits and two walks and he hit a batter in the final two innings. He recorded one strikeouts.
Kirwer, Clarke, Eden and Brito all had two hits apiece with Brito also walking twice. Horwitz had a knock and a walk while Gold had a hit and took one for the team. Morris tied Brito for on-base honours by hearing ball four four times.
Both teams were sloppy defensively as they committed four errors apiece. Brito, Kirwer, De Los Santos and Clarke all made throwing errors. However, only one of the 16 Everett runs was unearned. Everett’s errors produced five unearned runs on Januario’s pitching line.
Williamson struck out eight over five innings of one-run ball in which he allowed three hits and three walks for the win. He retired the side in order in the first and third innings before stranding a Clarke single and a Morris walk in the fourth and overcoming his own fielding error in the fifth trying to cover the bag at first that put Kirwer aboard on an infield single and allowed Brito to get to third after drawing a walk.
2019 and 2021 Vancouver Canadians left-hander Luke Gillingham has retired according to the High-A West League transactions page. The former Navy Midshipmen made just one appearance this year, taking a hard-luck loss in the season opener against Tri-City May 4 despite striking out four in 1-1/3 innings of relief. Gillingham had an outstanding 2019 season with the C’s by posting a 3-1 record with a 2.65 earned run average, striking out 46 batters and walking 14 in 34 innings. He also converted all three of his save opportunities. All the best to Luke in his future endeavours.
Also of note on the transactions page, 2019 C’s infielder Trevor Schwecke and right-hander Edisson Gonzalez have seen their stays on the injured list extended from seven days to 60. Schwecke had a .336 on-base percentage with the C’s two years ago. Gonzalez was acquired from Tampa Bay as part of the Eric Sogard trade on September 1, 2019. The Panamanian has yet to pitch for the Blue Jays organization.
The Canadians and AquaSox go at it again at Ron Tonkin Field Wednesday. First pitch is at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com. C.J. Van Eyk gets the start for Vancouver.
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