The Vancouver Canadians clinched its first series win in two months by dumping the Everett AquaSox 11-3 at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday.
The Frogs got the first hit and the first run of the game at the same time when Matt Scheffler swatted a one-out solo home run off Adam Kloffenstein in the second inning.
The C’s would put their first crooked number on the board in the fourth inning. Will Robertson doubled to right field with two out off AquaSox starter Nate Fisher. That was the last batter of the day for Fisher as Ben Onyshko entered the contest and he gave up a two-run home run to Sebastian Espino on his second pitch to right-center field to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead.
The Canadians would add to their lead in the fifth. Rafael Lantigua got a base hit to right off Onyshko, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Scheffler behind the plate. Before the run scored, Tanner Morris was hit by a pitch and went to second on the wild pitch/throwing error. Orelvis Martinez reached base on an infield single to short to advance Morris to third. A Spencer Horwitz 4-6 fielder’s choice brought in Morris to put Vancouver up by three.
Lantigua kickstarted another rally in the top of the sixth with a two-out base hit to right off Bryan Pall. A wild pitch moved Lantigua to second before Morris tripled to right to bring him home.
The AquaSox would cut into the Vancouver lead in the bottom of the sixth. Scheffler hit his second home run of the game, this time off Will McAffer, with a one-out solo blast to right-center. Kennie Taylor then singled and scampered to third on a Liam Sabino safety. Taylor and Sabino then pulled off a double steal to allow Taylor to score Everett’s third run.
Espino joined Scheffler in the two home run club as he took Franklin Van Gurp deep with one out in the seventh.
Martinez then launched a homer to left in the seventh to score a Lantigua single to left to expand the C’s lead to five runs.
Espino then got the hat trick with another poke over the center field wall off position player Connor Hoover to start the ninth. Zac Cook also went deep with two away in the inning and that was followed by another long ball from Lantigua to left to round out the scoring for Vancouver.
The Canadians were held hitless until Cook’s two-out base hit to center in the third. Lantigua drew the first walk but Morris lined out to left to end the inning.
Vancouver loaded the bases in the fifth after Horwitz’s RBI fielder’s choice when Roberston walked and Espino was hit by a pitch but Philip Clarke lined out to center for out number three.
Horwitz worked a walk after Martinez’s eighth inning home run and went to second on a Scheffler passed ball but Robertson whiff to end that rally.
Vancouver also had a chance to pile on after the back-to-back jacks by Cook and Lantigua as Morris reached base on a catcher’s interfence call, Martinez singled to center and Horwitz singled to left to load the bases but Robertson flied out to center for out number three.
Lantigua was on base five times with four hits and a walk, scoring four runs and stealing his 17th base of the year to go along with his sixth long ball.
Espino’s home run total is up to seven with his three-homer afternoon. He was hit by a pitch to reach base four times.
Martinez had three hits, including his fourth homer in a Vancouver uniform, and drove in two runs. Clarke and Cook had two hits apiece with Cook collecting his fifth long ball. Eight Canadians hitters had at least one hit. The only one to miss out on the hit parade was designated hitter Anthony Morales.
Kloffenstein batted his way through five innings. He stranded walks by Sabino and Hoover in the third and escaped a bases loaded jam in the fifth after a one-out Sabino walk, a two-out Hoover single and a Marlowe infield single that Kloffenstein was unable to handle. Kloffenstein got Jake Anchia to fly out and limit the damage to just one run over five innings on three hits and three walks. The Magnolia, Texas native struck out four and split his eight outs in play evenly on the infield and the outfield to boost his record to 5-6.
McAffer coughed up two runs on three hits but struck out two in the sixth. Hagen Danner struck out one in a shutout seventh to grab his second hold of the year. Roither Hernandez worked around a hit and two walks with three strikeouts over the last two frames.
Vancouver boosts its record to 41-49, 1-1/2 games behind fourth place Hillsboro.
The C’s will be back on the diamond Tuesday as they will host the Tri-City Dust Devils at Ron Tonkin Field. Alex Nolan will get the start for Vancouver. First pitch is at 7:05 pm on Canadians Baseball.com.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo ripped up Rochester <a href="http://<!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Buffalo ripped up Rochester 7-1 Sunday.</p> 7-1 Sunday.
- Josh Palacios – 2/4, 2R
- Otto Lopez – 0/3, BB, R
- Cavan Biggio – 0/3, 2BB, R
- Cullen Large – 1/2, 2BB
- Logan Warmoth – 1/4, R
- Tim Mayza – 1.0IP 1H 1R/ER 0BB 0K HR
- Travis Bergen – 0.2IP 0H 0R/ER 2BB 2K (H, 3)
New Hampshire was humbled by Harrisburg 11-5.
- Tanner Kirwer – 2/5, 2RBI
- Samad Taylor – 0/3, BB, SB (26)
- Vinny Capra – 2/4, HR (9), 2B (13)
- Chavez Young – 1/4, 2B (9)
- Nick Podkul – 2/4, HR (7), 2RBI, 2R
- Chris Bec – 0/3, BB
- Connor Law – 1.1IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 1K
- Adrian Hernandez – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 2K
t worked a perfect frame of relief in Toronto’s 8-3 win over Seattle.
Lane Thomas went 2-for-4 in his Washington debut and Riley Adams had a hit but the Nationals lost to Atlanta 6-5.
Rowdy Tellez drew a pinch-hit walk in Milwaukee’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Kevin Pillar stranded the bases loaded by getting the final out of the ninth in the New York Mets 14-4 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers.