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The Vancouver Canadians are glad to see the Everett AquaSox leave town after suffering a 10-1 loss to the High-A West League leaders at Ron Tonkin Field Sunday.
Paxton Schultz kept things under control for the first three innings, holding Everett to a Kaden Polcovich walk and stolen base in the first. The Canadians righty had struck out four batters in a row heading into the fourth before the cheese slipped off the cracker. Polcovich opened the frame with an infield single to first and made it all the way home one out later when Sebastian Espino dropped a ball in left field off the bat of Cade Marlowe, resulting in a three-base error. Marlowe was brought home on a Tyler Keenan base hit to make it 2-0 Everett. Keenan was picked off at second by C’s catcher Andres Guerra for the second out but a Patrick Frick double was driven in by a Dariel Gomez triple for the third AquaSox run. Jake Anchia then unloaded on Schultz with a two-run home to up Everett’s lead to 5-0. Connor Hoover struck out swinging but it was not the third out as a wild pitch from Schultz allowed him to reach base. Victor Labrada then walked to chase Schultz from the game. Willy Gaston walked Polcovich on four straight pitches before giving up a Jack Larsen ground-rule double that plated Hoover and Labrada. Gaston finally got the third out by getting Marlowe to pop up to second, stranding Polcovich at third.
The lone Canadians tally came in the seventh inning off AquaSox starter Taylor Dollard. A leadoff triple to left by Ryan Gold was brought home by a Zac Cook double to the seven-spot to spoil the AquaSox shutout bid.
Everett got the last laughs in their final two trips to the plate. Polcovich homered to right to score a one-out Labrada base hit off Roither Hernandez in the eighth.
The Frogs did not take the foot off the pedal despite a Gomez double play to erase a Patrick Frick base hit to start the ninth. Anchia kept the inning going against Cobi Johnson with a two-out double before Hoover singled home for the 10th AquaSox run.
Will Robertson was the first C’s batter to get aboard as he was hit by a pitch with one out in the second inning but he was erased on an inning-ending 6-3 double play by Cook. Robertson also worked a leadoff walk in the fifth but he was stranded there.
Eric Rivera had the first Vancouver hit with a leadoff single to center in the third. He stole second and was moved along to third on a Guerra groundout to first but D.J. Neal struck out swinging and Rafael Lantigua went down looking.
Lantigua had a one-out single to right in the sixth and got to second on a Dollard wild pitch but Tanner Morris flied out to center and Espino struck out swinging.
Morris had a two-out knock in the eighth off Matthew Festa in the eighth and Gold hit a leadoff double against Evan Johnson in the ninth with Gold getting as far as third with one out but the Vancouver offence could bring neither of them home.
Bernie Martinez replaced Dollard on the bump and kept Cook at second in the seventh after Cook’s RBI by getting the next two hitters out.
Gold had two of Vancouver’s six hits and Robertson got on base twice with a hit by pitch and a walk. Rivera stole his eighth base of the year. The C’s were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving six men on.
Schultz gave up seven runs in 3-2/3 innings but none of the runs were earned. He allowed five hits and two walks, striking out six. Gaston could not strand two inherited runners from Schultz in his 2-1/3 innings of work. He walked four and gave up two hits, striking out one. Hernandez was cuffed around for two runs on two hits and a walk while recording three strikeouts. Johnson was charged with a run on three hits in the ninth.
Vancouver has fallen into a third-place tie with Spokane at 33-39 and those two teams will square off for a six-game series in Eastern Washington Tuesday. First pitch is at 6:30 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo completed a six-game sweep of Syracuse with a 3-2 win Sunday.
- Cullen Large – 0/2, BB
- Logan Warmoth – 0/2, BB, R
- Richard Ureña – 1/2, BB
- Vinny Capra – 0/2, SAC
- Travis Bergen – 0.1IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 0K 1HBP
New Hampshire defeated Reading 3-1.
- Otto Lopez – 2/4, SB (7), R
- L.J. Talley – 1/4, RBI, R
- Samad Taylor – 1/4, RBI
- Reggie Pruitt – 0/2, BB
- Brody Rodning – 0.2IP 0H 0R/ER 1BB 1K – IR/S 1-0, (H, 2)
- Jon Harris – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 0K (SV, 2)