The Vancouver Canadians are back at .500 again after a 3-2 loss to the Spokane Indians at Ron Tonkin Field Tuesday.
The C’s got the early lead in the first inning Tuesday against Helcris Olivarez. Tanner Morris blooped a single to center field with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Ryan Gold base hit to right.
Two innings later, Rafael Lantigua worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on an Olivarez balk and stole third base. Morris grounded out to first to drive in Lantigua to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead.
Spokane would tie it in the fourth against Luis Quinones. An infield single by Brenton Doyle to third got it all started. Ronny Brito dropped a pickoff attempt by Quinones that allowed Doyle to get to second. Doyle would come in to score on a Hunter Stovall single. Stovall swiped second and made it to third when John Aiello‘s throwing error from third base allowed Daniel Cope to reach first. Cristopher Navarro then touched green on a single to left to score Stovall with the tying run.
Navarro then doubled with two outs in the eighth off Brandon Eisert and was doubled home by Isaac Collins to give Spokane the winning run.
The Canadians were held to just three hits on the evening. Spencer Horwitz had the last hit which was a ground-rule double to left to begin the seventh inning off Fineas Del Bonta-Smith. Horwitz made it only as far as third and Lantigua was robbed of a hit on a leaping grab by Niko Decolati for the final out of the inning. The Canadians were retired in order by Stephen Jones in the eighth before Dugan Darnell struck out the side all swinging in the ninth to save the win for Del Bonta-Smith.
Horwitz drew a pair of one-out walks in the second and fourth but never got to second either inning.
Vancouver had two opportunities to tack on a run in the third. Sebastian Espino walked with one out and stole his second base of the year but Gold and Luis De Los Santos both grounded out. Espino was 0-for-3 to snap his eight-game hitting streak.
Lantigua had a leadoff walk in the fifth but was thrown out trying to steal second after Espino swung and missed for strike three to end the frame.
The C’s were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position with five men left on.
Quinones threw 92 pitches over 4-2/3 innings. He sat down the first five hitters he faced before walking back-to-back hitters with two outs. The third inning saw Quinones strand two more runners after a walk and a single. Another single and walk with two outs in the fifth spelled the end of the line for Quinones. He gave up two runs on five hits and four walks to go along with eight strikeouts and five outs on the ground.
Eisert stranded the two Quinones runners but was saddled with the loss after three innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while whiffing two.
Cobi Johnson surrendered just one hit and stranded a runner for Eisert over 1-1/3 innings that included a punchout.
Paxton Schultz takes his turn on the hill for Vancouver. He’ll go up against Chris McMahon in a 7:05 pm start Thursday on CanadiansBaseball.com.
The 28-28 Canadians will send out Brian Rapp, C.J. Van Eyk and Adam Kloffenstein for the final three games of the series. They remain 6-1/2 games behind second-place Eugene for the last playoff spot in the High-A West.
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The Buffalo Bisons lost to Rochester 4-3 Wednesday.
- Riley Adams (2017) – 1/4, 3RBI
- Richard Ureña (2014) – 1/4
- Nash Knight (2016) – 1/4
- Ryan Borucki (2014, 2015) – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 1K
- Dany Jiménez (2017) – 1.0IP 1H 0R/ER 1BB 1K
- Travis Bergen (2015-2017) – 1.0IP 1H 0R/ER 0BB 0K
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell to Binghamton 5-3.
- Chavez Young (2017) – 0/3, BB, CF Assist
- Otto Lopez (2018) – 1/4, R
- L.J. Talley (2021) – 2/3, BB, 2-2B, R
- Vinny Capra (2018) – 2/4, RBI
- Tanner Kirwer (2018, 2021) – 0/4, BB
- Reggie Pruitt (2017) – 1/4, 2B, SB (4)
- Graham Spraker (2017) – 1.0IP 1H 0R/ER 1BB 3K
Cavan Biggio (2016) had two doubles and two RBI and Tim Mayza (2014) struck out the only batter he faced as Toronto bounced Baltimore 10-2.
Jon Berti (2011) walked, stole a base and scored a run as Miami downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6.