The Vancouver Canadians outslugged the Everett AquaSox 13-12 at Everett Memorial Stadium Thursday.
The Canadians were first on the scoreboard in their first at-bat. Orelvis Martinez singled to center with two outs off Everett starter Tim Elliott before Spencer Horwitz deposited the ball over the center field wall for a 2-0 Vancouver lead.
The AquaSox roared back in the top of the second. Matt Scheffler reached on an infield single to short off Sem Robberse, went to second on a Liam Sabino walk and scored on a Kennie Taylor base hit. Victor Labrada smashed a line drive to the mound that Robberse could not handle and that allowed Sabino to score the tying run. Connor Hoover walked to load the bases before Cade Marlowe doubled home Taylor and Labrada to put Everett ahead 4-2.
The C’s would pull even when Zac Cook opened the third inning with a single to right off Elliott and would trot the rest of the way home when Luis De Los Santos homered to right-center.
Everett would regain the lead in the bottom of the third. Robberse was one out away from getting out of the inning and stranding a one-out double to Scheffler but a throwing error by Martinez at short on a ground ball from Taylor extended the inning. Labrada then singled home Scheffler to put the Frogs ahead. Hoover walked to load the bases and Marlowe unloaded them with a grand slam to give Everett a 9-4 advantage, chasing Robberse from the game.
Vancouver would enjoy a big inning of their own in the fifth against Kolek. Eric Rivera led off with a single to right field and was doubled over to third by Cook to right. De Los Santos brought Rivera and Cook home with a double to right to cut Everett’s lead to three. A wild pitch and a Tanner Morris walk brought an end to Kolek’s night. Franklin Van Gurp came into the game and saw Martinez reach first when Scheffler was called for catcher’s interference to load the bases. Horwitz smashed a double to right to drive in Cook and Morris to make it a one-run game. Will Robertson then put the C’s ahead with a base hit to right to score Martinez and Horwitz. Robertson went to second on the play, then stole third and came home when Scheffler’s throw missed the mark to give Vancouver an 11-9 lead.
The AquaSox would get one run back in their half of the fifth off Gabriel Ponce. A triple by Labrada was followed by a Hoover walk to open the inning. Ponce would get Marlowe to pop up to short and then pick off Hoover at first for the second out. De Los Santos booted a ground ball at third from Dariel Gomez and that allowed Labrada to cross the plate with Everett’s 10th run.
The C’s would get a little breathing room in the seventh off Fred Villarreal. A leadoff walk to Horwitz and a double by Robertson put runners at second and third. Rivera then got aboard on an infield single to third with two outs and that—combined with a throwing error by Hoover—allowed Horwitz and Robertson to score.
Everett got a run in the eighth off Hagen Danner when Joseph Rosa doubled, went to third on a. wild pitch and came home an out later on a Sabino grounder to short.
Hoover would tighten the collars of the C’s in the ninth with a one-out solo homer but Danner retired the next two hitters to end the game.
The Canadians took advantage of almost every scoring opportunity except in the eighth when De Los Santos and Morris began the inning with base hits up the middle only to see the next three batters set down in order by Villarreal.
De Los Santos was on base four times after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth by Van Gurp, finishing a triple short of the cycle and driving in four runs. Horwitz homered, singled and walked and also drove in four. Robertson, Rivera and Cook had two hits apiece. Morris was on base twice with a hit and a walk.
Robberse got an early boost from his defence but letting him down later one. After retiring Labrada on a grounder to second in the first inning, Hoover doubled to left field but Cook would throw out Hoover trying to go to third for the second out. That would prove to be big as Marlowe extended the inning with a double and he would go to third on a wild pitch. Robberse then walked Gomez but got Justin Lavey to fly out to right to end the threat.
The Frogs would rack up nine runs on Robberse in 2-2/3 innings on nine hits and five walks with no strikeouts. Five of the runs were unearned.
Ponce would be credited with the win by throwing two innings of one-run ball on one hit and two walks while striking out a pair. The run was unearned.
Will McAffer stranded a runner for Ponce and tossed 2-1/3 shutout frames of no-hit ball, walking three and whiffing five.
Danner gave up two runs on two hits in two innings but struck out two for his second save of the year.
The win for Vancouver was its 39th of the season against 48 losses. They are 2-1/2 games out of fourth in the High-A West standings.
Paxton Schultz gets the ball for Vancouver on Friday. Everett sends Tim Elliott to throw the first pitch at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo defeated Rochester 4-3 Thursday.
- Cavan Biggio – 0/1, 2BB, HBP, R
- Cullen Large – 1/3, BB
- Logan Warmoth – 0/3, HBP
- Dany Jiménez – 1.1IP 1H 0R/ER 1BB 2K (H, 3)
New Hampshire edged Hartford 3-2.
- Tanner Kirwer – 1/4
- Vinny Capra – 0/2, 2BB
- L.J. Talley – 2/4, RBI
- Kevin Vicuña – 0/3, SF
- Luis Quinones – 4.0IP 3H 0R/ER 2BB 6K
- Brody Rodning – 2.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 3K HBP (W, 3-3)
- Mike Ellenbest – 1.0IP 1H 2R/0ER 1BB 0K (H, 2)
- Adrian Hernandez – 2.0IP 1H 0R/ER 0BB 3K HBP (SV, 1)
Marcus Stroman pitched 5-1/3 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight and also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored in the New York Mets 4-1 win over Washington. Riley Adams walked and scored a run for the Nationals.