The Vancouver Canadians dropped their second straight game to the Tri-City Dust Devils with a 6-3 loss at Ron Tonkin Field Wednesday.
The C’s scored first in their first at-bat against lefty Ky Bush. A single to center field by Rafael Lantigua opened the inning and Tanner Morris followed with a base hit to left. Spencer Horwitz cashed in Lantigua with a single up the middle to put the C’s ahead.
Vancouver increased their lead against Jack Dashwood in the third inning. A pair of singles to right by Morris and Horwitz opened the inning before Orelvis Martinez hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Morris got to third on the play and wound up jogging the rest of the way home when Sebastian Espino homered to left-center to make it 3-0 Canadians.
Tri-City came roaring back in the fourth against Canadians starter Sem Robberse. An infield single that Morris could not handle at third allowed Jordyn Adams to reach base to begin the inning. A throwing error by Robberse got Adams over to second before scoring on an Adrian Rondon double. Kevin Maitan advanced Rondon to third and a throwing miscue by Martinez at short on a Kenyon Yovan ground ball allowed Rondon to cross home plate. Yovan made it to third after swiping second and moving up another 90 feet on a throwing error by catcher Philip Clarke. Yovan would complete his journey home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3. Keinner Pina kept the Dust Devils going with a walk and he would rumble home on a Kyle Kasser double to put Tri-City ahead. Robberse could not handle a sharp grounder from Jeremy Arocho and his single to short would bring in Kasser with the fifth Dust Devils run.
Tri-City scored one more run in the sixth off Andrew Bash. A one-out walk by Kasser came around to score on a Livan Soto double but Eric Rivera started a 9-4-5 relay to cut down Soto at third to end the inning.
The C’s could not add to their first inning lead as they stranded runners at first and second with nobody out. After Horwitz’s RBI single, Martinez and Espino struck out and Will Robertson tapped one back to the mound to end that threat.
A one-out walk and a two-out stolen base by Rivera went for naught in the second.
Clarke started the third with a single to left and Rivera joined him on base with a walk. A botched bunt by Zac Cook saw Clarke forced out at third. Rivera was then caught stealing third. Lantigua kept the inning going with a walk but Morris struck out to snuff out that rally.
Horwitz began the fifth with a base hit to center and Robertson singled to right two outs later but nothing else came out of it.
A Cook hit by pitch with one out in the sixth, a Clarke one-out single to right in the eighth and a Horwitz two-out infield single to short in the ninth were the last baserunners Vancouver could muster.
Horwitz enjoyed his second straight four-hit night and drove in a run. Morris and Clarke had two hits apiece. Also reaching base twice were Lantigua with a single and a walk and Rivera with two free passes. Rivera stole his 11th base but was also caught for the sixth time this year.
Eight Canadians reached base safely, six via the base hit. The C’s outhit the Dust Devils 11-6 but three errors and just two hits in 10 opportunities with runners in scoring position did not help. Ten runners were stranded.
Robberse allowed two earned runs out of five in 3-2/3 innings on five hits and four walks. He was perfect through two innings, striking out four of his six batters in the early going. Andrew Bash prevented Robberse’s line from being worse as he stranded the bases loaded to end the fourth. Bash gave up a run in 2-1/3 innings on a hit and a walk while ringing up three batters. Hayden Juenger struck out half of the six batters he faced for two perfect frames and Thomas Ruwe worked around two walks and struck out one in the ninth in his Vancouver debut.
The C’s are now 10 games below .500 at 41 wins and 51 losses. They are two games behind fourth place Hillsboro.
Paxton Schultz starts the third game of this six-game series for the C’s against Jake Smith. First pitch is at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com.
A new pitcher has been added to the C’s roster. 22 year-old righthander Jol Concepion has been promoted from Low-A Dunedin. The native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 2017. The 6-foot-5 righthander has struggled with the D-Jays with a record of 1-6, a 5.63 earned run average and a strikeout/walk total of 42-43 in 54-1/3 innings. However, Concepion has not been scored upon in his last five outings out of the bullpen dating back to July 23. He has thrown seven no-hit innings in that span, walking three and striking out eight. Concepion has been assigned number 6, the same number Parker Caracci wore before his call-up to Double-A New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire got by Hartford 3-2 Wednesday.
- Tanner Kirwer – 0/3, BB, HBP
- Samad Taylor – 1/4, R
- Chavez Young – 2/4, HR (6), 2RBI
- Kevin Vicuña – 1/3, BB
- Ryan Gold – 1/3, BB
- Reggie Pruitt – 0/3, BB
- Luis Quinones – 5.0IP 1H 0R/ER 4BB 9K (W, 1-2)
- Graham Spraker – 2.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 3K
- Adrian Hernandez – 1.0IP 1H 1R/ER 1BB 3K (SV, 2)
Dunedin lost 6-2 in the completion of a suspended game that began Wednesday against Fort Myers.
- Sean Mellen – 3.0IP 3H 1R/ER 1BB 5K HR
The Florida Complex League Blue Jays lost to the FCL Tigers East 9-6.
- Colton Laws – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 1K
Riley Adams was 2-for-3 as Washington downed Toronto 8-5.
Kevin Pillar hit a three-run home run in the 12th against former Blue Jay Tyler Chatwood as the New York Mets upended San Francisco 6-3. Miguel Castro struck out two in a shutout innings for the Mets.
Rowdy Tellez was 1-for-4 and Daniel Norris whiffed two in a shutout frame to help Milwaukee get by St. Louis 6-4 in 10 innings.