The Vancouver Canadians saw an early lead disappear as the Everett AquaSox handed them a 15-10 loss at Everett Memorial Stadium Tuesday.
The C’s got to Juan Then in their first turn at bat. Luis De Los Santos and Tanner Morris both doubled to right with De Los Santos crossing the plate with the game’s first run. Cameron Eden then slugged a two-run home run to left to put the C’s ahead by three.
That advantage did not last long. C.J. Van Eyk did not throw a strike in his first eight pitches, resulting in Zach DeLoach and Kaden Polcovich reaching base. That was followed by RBI singles from Austin Shenton and Carter Bins to cut the Canadians lead to 3-2. Tyler Keenan then walked to load the bases before Jack Larsen hit a two-run double to put Everett in front 4-3. A run-scoring single by Jake Anchia with one out and a Joseph Rosa fielder’s choice upped the AquaSox advantage to 6-3. Vancouver manager Donnie Murphy pulled the plug on Van Eyk and brought in lefty Brandon Eisert to face the top of the order again. DeLoach doubled home Rosa and Shenton brought in DeLoach with an RBI single before Eisert recorded out number three.
Ryan Gold brought the Canadians to within four with a leadoff home run in the third off Then but the AquaSox answered that in the bottom of the inning.
Eisert gave up a one-out double to DeLoach and a two-out walk to Shenton before he was given the hook. Those two runners scored on WIlly Gaston‘s watch as Bins delivered a two-run knock to make it 10-4 Everett.
Vancouver would make it a closer game in the top of the fourth. Philip Clarke and De Los Santos singled up the middle and Morris walked to load the bases with nobody out against Then. Eden drove in his third run of the night with a bases-loaded walk to score. Gold doubled to left to drive in De Los Santos and Morris. Sebastian Espino lifted a sacrifice fly to allow Eden to score the Canadians’ eighth run.
Everett would tack on a run in the fifth off Gaston when Bins’ base hit cashed in a Polcovich double.
The C’s cut the deficit to two again in the sixth. Eden was hit by a pitch from Stephen Kolek before stealing second and third base. An infield single to third by Spencer Horwitz scored Eden to make it an 11-9 game.
Any comeback hopes for Vancouver were completely dashed after the seventh inning stretch. Rosa and DeLoach singled off Cobi Johnson to begin the inning with Rosa scoring on a Polcovich sac fly. Connor Hoover doubled home a Bins intentional walk and got to third on the throw home. Hoover would score on a wild pitch.
Vancouver got to double digits in the ninth inning when Horwitz homered to right-center off Ben Onyshko.
Van Eyk only got two outs and gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks, striking out one. Eisert allowed was charged with two earned runs out of three on four hits and two walks while ringing up two over two frames. Gaston gave up a run by scattering five hits over 2-1/3 innings. Johnson coughed up four runs over two innings on four hits and a walk and whiffed two over two innings. Only Alex Nolan survived the Everett onslaught by working around two walks in a scoreless eighth, striking out a batter.
Ryan Gold had a 3-for-5 night with three runs batted in while De Los Santos, Morris and Horwitz collected two hits apiece. Eden homered, was hit by a pitch, walked twice, drove in three runs, scored three times and stole three bases to put his High-A West best total at 30. De Los Santos took one for the team while Morris and Horwitz walked to each get on base thrice. Every Canadians hitter got a hit except D.J. Neal who went 0-for-5.
The score could have been 16-10 but Espino threw out Larsen at the plate to complete a 7-2 inning-ending double play in the sixth.
Adam Kloffenstein gets the starting assignment against Kingston, Ontario native Matt Brash in the second game of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on CanadiansBaseball.com.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo brought the heavy metal to hammer the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 12-2 Tuesday.
- Rowdy Tellez (2014) – 2/5, HR (2)
- Cullen Large (2017) – 2/4, BB
- Logan Warmoth (2017) – 2/4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI
- T.J. Zeuch (2016) – 5.2IP 8H 2R/ER 0BB 5K 8GO (W, 2-3)
- Dany Jiménez (2017) – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 1K
New Hampshire rallied for three runs in the 10th to pull out a come-from-behind win over Portland 10-9.
- Samad Taylor (2017) – 1/4, 2 BB
- Chavez Young (2017) – 2/5, HBP, RBI
- Otto Lopez (2018) – 2/5, 2B, HBP, 3RBI
- L.J. Talley (2021) – 3/5, BB, GWRBI
- Vinny Capra (2018) – 1/5
- Tanner Kirwer (2018, 2021) – 1/3, HR (1), 2 BB, HBP, SF, 3 R
- Chris Bec (2018) – 1/4, BB, RBI
- Nick Podkul (2019) – 1/2
- Brock Lundquist (2017) – 0/1, BB, R
- Fitz Stadler (2018) – 1.2IP 1H 0R/ER 0BB 1K 2/2 IRS
- Brody Rodning (2017) – 1.0IP 3H 2R/1ER 0BB 2K (W, 2-3)
Cavan Biggio (2016) was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Jonathan Davis (2014) pinch-ran and scored a run as Toronto stuffed Seattle 9-3. Tim Mayza (2014) tossed a scoreless seventh by getting an inning-ending double play to offset two hits.