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The Vancouver Canadians rallied twice but lost to the Everett AquaSox 6-5 in 11 innings at Ron Tonkin Field Tuesday.
Things began well for the C’s when Luis De Los Santos launched a leadoff home run off on just the second pitch of the game from Everett starter Dayeison Arias.
Vancouver righty Paxton Schultz blanked the AquaSox for the first three innings but gave up the lead in the fourth. A two-out ground rule double by Connor Hoover kept the inning going and that allowed Joseph Rosa to deliver a two-run home run to left to put the Frogs ahead 2-1.
The Canadians tied it up in the fourth as Spencer Horwitz popped a single to short with one away before Sebastian Espino drew a walk. A Ryan Gold groundout moved Horwitz and Espino up 90 feet and that led to a pitching change as Igor Januario took over for Arias. Philip Clarke took ball four on a 3-2 count to load the bases and a passed ball by Jake Anchia saw Horwitz run home with the tying run. Januario struck out Ronny Brito leave Espino and Clarke in scoring position.
Everett moved ahead again in the fifth as singles by Anchia and Dariel Gomez cashed in a Jack Larsen leadoff hit off Schultz.
Vancouver tied the game again in the eighth off Franklin Van Gurp. A leadoff walk by D.J. Neal was bunted over to second by Eric Rivera. A two-out base hit by Tanner Morris to left field got Neal home but Morris was thrown out at second in his bid for a double on a 7-2-4 play to end the inning.
The game went into overtime and Everett scored twice off C’s reliever Cobi Johnson. With Cade Marlowe beginning the 10th inning at second base, a wild pitch moved Marlowe over to third and he tagged up and scored on a Gomez sacrifice fly. Hoover then belted a home run to make it a 5-3 lead for the AquaSox.
With Ronny Brito at second base to begin the bottom of the 10th, Neal walked again and Rivera executed another sac bunt to put the tying runs in scoring position. Morris then came through again with two outs with a double to left on a 2-2 pitch off Kyle Hill to plate Brito and Neal. The inning ended when Horwitz lined out to left.
Johnson was back out again on the mound for the C’s in the 11th. He fell behind 2-0 to Cody Grosse before giving up a single to center to score Rosa, the runner placed on second base to begin the inning, with the winning run.
The C’s opportunity to tie the game in their half of the 11th went up in flames. With pinch-runner Zac Cook at second base, Espino’s flare to center field was caught by Larsen who started an 8-6 double play to double off Cook. Gold then filed out to end the game.
A double play also spoiled the C’s efforts in the fifth inning. Rivera drew a one-out walk off Januario but De Los Santos hit into a 5-4-3 twin killing.
Another double play stopped the C’s in the sixth. Espino was ruled out for batter’s interference, nullifying a Horwitz one-out base knock against Van Gurp.
The Canadians had an opportunity to end the game in regulation against Hill as Gold and Clarke picked up two-out walks but Brito hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice to send the game into extras.
All five Vancouver hits came from the top of the order with De Los Santos’ 9th homer of the year, Morris’ RBI single and two-run double and Horwitz’s two safeties. The four-through-nine spots in the order were 0-for-17 with seven walks.
Schultz surrendered three runs over five innings despite 10 hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. He walked Victor Labrada on four pitches to begin the game before picking him off. He then plunked Patrick Frick with a pitch before getting out of the inning. Schultz stranded a pair of singles in the second and third with Gold throwing out Labrada trying to steal second in the third inning. The righthander struck out four in his 88-pitch outing.
Lefthander Sean Mellen and Justin Maese held off the AquaSox in their two-inning stints. Mellen stranded a pair of walks and struck out one and Maese struck out three and retired five in a row but giving up a base hit to Tyler Keenan but Gold threw out Keenan to end the ninth.
Johnson took the loss as he gave up two unearned runs and a home run in his two innings with the damage done on two hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Any hopes that Everett’s league-leading offence would be weakened with the Double-A promotions of Austin Shenton and Zach DeLoach were dispelled Tuesday. Labrada had a hit and three walks out of the leadoff spot and Gomez was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in their Everett debuts after being called up from the Low-A Modesto Nuts.
The Canadians are 32-35 on the year, 6-1/2 games behind Eugene for second place in the High-A West and just two games ahead of Hillsboro and Spokane.
The Canadians and AquaSox play again this evening at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com. The C’s will send Nick Fraze to the slope against Stephen Kolek.
The Toronto Blue Jays are set to play their first game at SkyDome July 30 but the wait for Vancouver Canadians fans to see their club at Nat Bailey Stadium continues. The Canadians have announced they will still be in Hillsboro to host the Hops August 3-8 as tickets are now on sale at Ron Tonkin Field for that series. That’s great news for the Hops and their fans as they get six more games in their ballpark despite being the “visiting” team for that series.
The C’s have two homesteads left on the season, August 17-22 against Tri-City and September 7-12 versus Spokane / September 14-19 against Hillsboro. Whether any of those games will be played at The Nat remains up in the air as the U.S. government has yet to lift its travel restrictions by land at the Canadian border.
Righthander Luis Quinones is on his way to Double-A New Hampshire. The former San Jacinto Gator spent 2019 and 2021 with the C’s. The 24 year-old from Puerto Rico was 2-3 with an earned run average of 3.00, striking out 64 batters and walking 39 in 39 innings this year. In 2019, Quinones went 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA with the C’s.
C’s outfielder Will Robertson and pitcher Colton Laws are still on the rehab trail with the Florida Complex League Blue Jays. Robertson was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored and Laws pitched a perfect first inning with a strikeout as the FCL Blue Jays downed the FCL Tigers East 6-3 Tuesday.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo smacked down Syracuse 14-1 Tuesday.
- Logan Warmoth – 0/4, BB, R
- Riley Adams – 2/4, BB, 2B, 2R
- Cullen Large – 3/5, HR (4), 2B, 3RBI
- Richard Ureña – 1/3, BB, HR (7), 2RBI, 2R
- Travis Bergen – 1.0IP 1H 0R/ER 0BB 0K
New Hampshire lost to Reading 9-8.
- Samad Taylor – 0/4, BB, RBI, R
- Otto Lopez – 1/3, 2B, 3BB, HBP, R
- L.J. Talley – 0/5, BB
- Chavez Young – 1/3, BB, HR (2), 3RBI, 2R
- Vinny Capra – 1/4, BB
- Reggie Pruitt – 2/5, 2RBI, 2SB (8)
- Jon Harris – 1.1IP 1H 0R/ER 0BB 1K
Congratulations to 2018 C’s shortstop Vinny Capra for winning the Double-A Northeast Player of the Week award. The former Richmond Spider had two doubles, two triples, two home runs and nine runs batted in with an OPS of 1.584 for New Hampshire.
Rowdy Tellez had a pinch-hit single and Angel Perdomo struck out two in a scoreless ninth in Milwaukee’s 5-2 loss to Kansas City. Ryan McBroom was called up by the Royals from Triple-A Omaha and was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.