The Vancouver Canadians dropped their second straight against the Everett AquaSox as they were crushed 12-4 at Ron Tonkin Field Saturday.
Everett racked up three runs against C’s righty Sam Ryan in the first. Patrick Frick got aboard on a one-out walk before getting singled over to second by Austin Shenton. A two-out single to second by Zach DeLoach scored Frick to give the Frogs the ice-breaker. Jack Larsen then smacked a two-run double to drive in Shenton and DeLoach to up the Everett lead to three.
The Canadians fought back for a pair of runs in their first turn at the dish against Everett starter and 2020 Mariners first-round pick Emerson Hancock. Luis De Los Santos was drilled by a pitch to start the inning before Philip Clarke lined a single to left field. Another base hit to left by Cameron Eden and an error by Cade Marlowe resulted in De Los Santos crossing home plate. Spencer Horwitz delivered a sacrifice fly to center to allow Clarke to tag up and score Vancouver’s second run.
The AquaSox went back to work against Ryan in the second. Ryan lost Joseph Rosa on a 3-2 pitch to walk him. A sacrifice bunt by Connor Hoover and a wild pitch pushed Rosa to third. A leadoff walk by Kaden Polcovich put runners on the corners and they would execute a double steal with Rosa coming home to make it 4-2 Everett. Shenton traded places with Polcovich with a double to increase the Everett lead to three.
Vancouver got a run back in the third when Eden smoked a double to left with one away. A passed ball by Carter Bins got Eden over to third before scoring on a Horwitz grounder to the right side of the infield.
That run was answered by Everett in the top of the fourth when Connor Hoover took Ryan deep to center to make it a 6-3 game. C’s left-hander Sean Mellen was called upon with two outs in the fourth to make his High-A West debut. He struck out Shenton on three pitches to strand a Frick double.
Mellen did not fare as well in the fifth. The Frogs loaded the bases before Marlowe singled home a pair to score a Bins single and a DeLoach double before a double play grounder by Rosa brought home a Larsen walk.
The Canadians picked up their fourth run against Fred Villarreal in the sixth. Eden singled up the middle and stole second base before Horwitz also had a base hit to center to put runners on the corners. Tanner Morris grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Eden but that helped kill the C’s momentum.
Justin Maese also did not fare well against the AquaSox offence when he entered the game in the seventh inning. Marlowe tripled home a DeLoach double before being doubled home by Hoover. A wild pitch by Maese would later score Hoover with Everett’s 12th run.
Ryan was rocked for six runs on seven hits and three walks to fall to 0-2. He struck out four in 3-2/3 innings. Mellen and Maese gave up three runs on three hits apiece. Mellen walked three and struck out one in 2-1/3 innings while Maese walked two over one frame.
Willy Gaston was the only C’s pitcher to keep Everett in check. He walked one and struck out one in two shutout innings.
For those keeping track of uniform numbers, Mellen has been assigned #11.
Eden had half of Vancouver’s six hits on the night with a double and two singles while adding his 21st stolen base of the year. Rivera was the only other Vancouver hitter to get on base twice with a hit and the lone Canadians walk. Clarke and Horwitz had the other safeties.
Hancock struck out eight Canadians over five innings, Villarreal added one over two frames and Dayeison Arias whiffed five of the six batters he faced.
Ronny Brito received the golden sombrero and Sebastian Espino had the hat trick. The five-through-eight spots in the order of Morris, Espino, Brito and D.J. Neal were a combined 0-for-15.
2018 and 2021 Canadians pitcher Troy Miller is now a member of the New York Mets organization. The Blue Jays traded the 24 year-old right-hander to Queens for reliever Jacob Barnes. Miller earned a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire after a 2-0 start with the C’s that saw post a 1.84 earned run average with 17 strikeouts in 14-2/3 innings. The Aptos, California native began his pro career with the C’s three years ago and put up a 3.48 ERA with 15 strikeouts over 13 frames. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound hurler signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent out of the University of Michigan in 2018.
Paxton Schultz gets the call for Vancouver in the Father’s Day series finale Sunday as the C’s hope to obtain a series split. First pitch is at 1:05 pm. The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com. Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, my two brothers and all the good pops out there.
C’s Alumni Report
Richard Ureña (2014) was 3-for-5 with a two-run single and an RBI double as Buffalo got past Rochester 8-6. Cullen Large (2017) took one for the team with the bases loaded and had a single, a walk and two runs scored. Logan Warmoth (2017) had a hit in three trips to the plate after subbing in for rehabbing center fielder George Springer. Nash Knight (2016) drew a walk and scored a run.
Samad Taylor (2017) and Vinny Capra (2018) had four hits and scored three runs apiece as New Hampshire humiliated Hartford 15-2. Taylor drove in four a pair of two-run doubles and Capra singled home one. Otto Lopez (2018) was 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Reggie Pruitt (2017) had two base knocks, a walk, a run batted in and scored thrice. Chavez Young (2017) and L.J. Talley (2021) added base hits with Talley tallying two runs. Jon Harris (2015) stranded two runners by retiring the only batter he faced for opener Elvis Luciano in the second inning.
Ryan Sloniger (2019) had a walk and a run scored as Dunedin dummied Clearwater 9-3.
Cavan Biggio (2016) walked twice and scored a run as Toronto rallied to knock off Baltimore 10-7.
Miguel Castro (2014) walked two and retired two for the New York Mets as they downed Washington 5-1.
Jon Berti (2011) doubled, walked and scored a run as Miami mashed the Chicago Cubs 11-1.
Tim Locastro (2014) had an RBI single and scored a run in Arizona’s 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.