The Vancouver Canadians came out on the short end of an 11-6 slugfest to the Everett AquaSox at Everett Memorial Stadium Tuesday.
The AquaSox released the kraken on C’s starter Adam Kloffenstein in the second inning. Dariel Gomez started the rally with a one-out walk and that was followed by a Jake Anchia single, a Connor Hoover RBI double, a Kennie Taylor two-run triple, a Cody Grosse run-scoring knock and a Victor Labrada RBI safety.
The Canadians got their first run with back-to-back two-out doubles by Will Robertson and Sebastian Espino against Taylor Dollard in the fourth with Robertson doubling to left and Espino doubling to right.
Vancouver’s second run came in the fifth when Eric Rivera collected a leadoff double to center off Dollard in the fifth inning, stole third base and scored on a Luis De Los Santos single to left.
The C’s drew to within a run in the seventh when Zac Cook was hit by a Dollard pitch with one out. He was forced out at second on a 6-4 fielder’s choice by De Los Santos but Tanner Morris plated De Los Santos by lining a double to right.
Everett would put this one out of reach in their half of the seventh. Labrada reached on a fielder’s choice that erased a Grosse leadoff walk against Hayden Juenger but Labara got to third on single by Joseph Rosa. Juenger struck out Cade Marlowe before being replaced by Justin Maese. The final out proved to be quite elusive as Tyler Keenan opened the floodgates with a two-run double. Gomez followed with a walk and Anchia belted a three-run home run to left-center. Maese then walked Hoover and yielded another run-scoring double by Taylor before getting Grosse to line out to right to end the nightmare.
The Canadians would load the bases with one out in the eighth against Frogs reliever Nate Fisher. Robertson reached on an infield single to second, Espino singled to left and Andres Guerra was plunked to fill the bags. Rivera’s sacrifice fly to left scored Robertson and Cook drove in Espino and Guerra with a double to center.
The Frogs got the last run of the game in the eighth. Labrada worked his way on base with a leadoff walk against Willy Gaston, stole second and third and came home on Marlowe’s one-out ground ball.
Orelvis Martinez had the first hit of the game for Vancouver with a two-out single off Juan Then in the first inning. Spencer Horwitz moved Martinez to second with a walk but Robertson was caught looking at strike three. Then struck out Espino and Guerra to begin the second before Bryan Pall completed the striking out the side by getting Rivera looking. That was the only batter Pall would face.
Horwitz had the last hit for Vancouver with two outs in the ninth. Eight C’s had a hit and all nine reached base safely. Espino returned from the injured list and had a two-hit night as did Robertson. Those two along with Rivera, Morris and Cook all doubled to account for half of Vancouver’s 10 hits on the night. Morris and Horwitz drew a walk to reach base twice. Rivera added a sacrifice fly and stole his 10th base of the year. Guerra reached base twice on a walk and a hit by a pitch. Cook also took one for the team to go along with his two-run double.
Kloffenstein gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk but struck out 11 over five innings. Juenger was jolted for two runs on a hit and a walk but struck out two over 1-2/3 innings. Maese was roughed up for four runs on three hits and two walks, recording just one out. Gaston gave up a run on a hit and a walk.
Vancouver reached the 75-game mark with their 48th loss of the season against 37 wins. They are now 3-1/2 games behind Hillsboro for fourth place in the High-A West.
Alex Nolan will be on the mound for Vancouver Wednesday. Adam Hill goes for the Frogs. The game will begin at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com.
Righthander Nick Fraze has been promoted to Double-A New Hampshire. The 23 year-old went 3-2 with a 2.14 earned run average, compiling a strikeout-walk total of 46-10 over 42 innings.
Lefty Sean Mellen is going to back to Low-A Dunedin. The Boston native struck out 18 batters in 20-1/3 innings of relief.
Heading to Vancouver is 19 year-old righthander Sem Robberse from Low-A Dunedin. The pride of the Netherlands won five of nine decisions, striking out 61 and walking 20 over 57-2/3 innings while posting a 3.90 ERA. Robberse will wear number 12, left vacant by the promoted Fraze.
Righthander Brian Rapp has announced his retirement from baseball. The 26 year-old from Mendham, New Jersey joined the C’s from the New York Boulders of the independent Frontier League after the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a free-agent deal. All the best to him in his future endeavours.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo blanked Rochester 11-0 Tuesday.
- Richard Ureña – 2/5, RBI, SB (2), R
- Cullen Large – 0/5, R
- Otto Lopez – 2/4, 3B, 2RBI, 2R
- Logan Warmoth – 3/4, HR (7), 3RBI, 2R
- Dany Jiménez – 1.1IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 2K (W, 2-3)
- Fitz Stadler – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 2K
- Travis Bergen – 1.0IP 1H 0R/ER 1BB 1K
New Hampshire edged Harrisburg 6-5.
- Samad Taylor – 2/4, HR (14), BB, 3RBI, 2 SB (24)
- Vinny Capra – 1/4, RBI, R
- L.J. Talley – 0/3, 2BB, R
- Chavez Young – 1/3, BB, SB (13)
- Kevin Vicuña – 1/4
- Chris Bec – 1/2, 2BB
- Reggie Pruitt – R (PR)
- Tanner Kirwer – 0/4, SB (12), R
- Jon Harris – 1.2IP 4H 2R/ER 1BB 2K (H, 3)
- Marcus Reyes – 1.1IP 2H 2R/ER 0BB 1K (BS / W, 2-0)