The Vancouver Canadians let one get away as they lost 4-3 to the Hillsboro Hops at Ron Tonkin Field Saturday.
The Canadians got a first-inning run that should not have happened. Hops starter Drey Jameson struck out Rafael Lantigua and Tanner Morris with just six pitches and got a ground ball to third off the bat of Luis De Los Santos. Instead of being out of the inning, De Los Santos was ruled safe at first by base umpire Steven Rios Jr. when replays showed he was out. Ryan Gold extended the inning with a base hit to right and Philip Clarke followed with a ground-rule double to left-center field that bounced off the scoreboard and back on to the field of play. De Los Santos scored on the play but Gold had to stop at third. Jameson struck out the side by whiffing Ronny Brito.
Vancouver’s lead was gone instantly in the bottom of the first when Jorge Barrosa took Canadians starter Adam Kloffenstein deep for a leadoff home run to right field on a 3-2 pitch.
The C’s regained the lead in the third inning when Lantigua walked and Morris singled to left to open the frame. Lantigua stole third base and scored one out later on a passed ball by Andy Yerzy.
The other Vancouver run came in the sixth inning when Philip Clarke singled to right off Hops reliever Kai-Wei Lin. A walk to Ronny Brito and a one-out wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Eric Rivera got Clarke home with a ground out to third base to make it 3-1 C’s.
The Hops began their comeback against Kloffenstein in the sixth. Third baseman Rafael Lantigua sailed a throw over the head of Ryan Gold at first to allow Axel Andueza to get aboard. Andueza stole second base and was there with two out when Brandon Eisert got Blaze Alexander to sky a pitch to center field but Zach Cook lost the ball in the twilight and Andueza came around to score.
Hillsboro pulled this one out in the bottom of the eighth against Alex Nolan. Barrosa put an 0-2 pitch in play by rolling one on the ground and beating out the throw to first by De Los Santos who had to range over to the second base side of the bag from the shortstop position. Nolan had Spencer Brickhouse in a 0-2 hole but Brickhouse lifted a rainmaker that just cleared the fence in left field for a two-run homer to rain on the Canadians parade.
Kloffenstein was able to right the ship after needing 45 pitches to get through the first two innings. He threw 29 pitches in the first but limited the damage to Barrosa’s home run by stranding walks to Brickhouse and Yerzy. The big righthander stranded a Brickhouse walk in the third and a Yerzy leadoff base hit in the fourth and had retired seven in a row until Lantigua’s throwing error. Kloffenstein ended his night by striking out Yerzy with his 90pitch. He was one out short of a quality start and was charged with two runs on on two hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts and eight groundouts.
Eisert did have an inherited runner score through no fault of his own. He allowed just one hit over 1-1/3 shutout innings, striking out the side in the seventh.
Nolan rebounded with a pair of strikeouts to retire the side in order in the eighth after Brickhouse’s two-run homer.
The Canadians were unable to add to their lead in the third inning. With Morris at second base on the Yerzy passed ball, Gold struck out swinging before Clarke flied out to right for the third out.
Rivera had a two-out infield single to short in the fourth but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Replays showed Rivera was safe as Hops second baseman Cam Coursey‘s swipe tag missed Rivera.
Vancouver had another chance to score in the fifth when D.J. Neal led off with a single to right before a one-out knock by Morris to left. However, Jameson helped his own cause by fielding his position by getting De Los Santos to tap back weekly to the mound that moved Neal and Morris up 90 feet. Jameson then snared a sharp grounder by Gold to get out of the inning and ending his night of work on a high note. Jameson was clocked at 98 miles per hour at one point.
In the sixth, Brito made it to third on Rivera’s RBI groundout but was left there when Neal struck out.
The seventh inning was another missed opportunity. Lantigua drew a leadoff walk from Lin and went to second on a Yerzy passed ball. A fly out to center by Morris moved Lantigua to third but Lantigua was thrown out at the plate on a De Los Santos grounder to third. Gold then struck out for out number three.
Tyler Jones pitched a perfect eighth and Mailon Arroyo did likewise in the ninth to preserve the win for the Hops.
Morris and Clarke had two-hit nights and Lantigua walked twice with a stolen base but the C’s were a miserable 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding seven runners on the night.
The C’s are three games below .500 at 31-34, losing ground to Everett and Eugene in the standings as they are now 11 and 6-1/2 games back respectively.
Luis Quinones gets the start in the series finale for Vancouver against TBD for Hillsboro. Game time is 1:05 p.m. on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
The Toronto Blue Jays have designated 2018 C’s lefty Nick Allgeyer for assignment. The former Iowa Hawkeye—who made his MLB debut with a perfect inning July 2—lost his spot on the 40-man roster so that the Jays could make room for infielder Breyvic Valera.
2015 C’s lefty Angel Perdomo is back in the bigs with Milwaukee.
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New Hampshire took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th but Hartford scored three in the bottom half to hand the Fisher Cats a 7-5 loss Saturday.
- Tanner Kirwer – 2/5, SB (8)
- Chavez Young 1/5, 3B, R
- Otto Lopez – 1/5, RBI
- Vinny Capra – 2/4
- Samad Taylor – 1/3, RBI
- Kevin Vicuña – 2/4, 2B, R
- Chris Bec – 2/4, RBI
- Fitz Stadler – 2.0IP 0H 0R/ER 1BB 5K