The Vancouver Canadians downed the Tri-City Dust Devils for the second night in a row with a 5-2 victory at Ron Tonkin Field Friday.
The first run of the game was not scored until the bottom of the fourth inning. Tanner Morris singled to right field off Dylan King to begin the frame. Spencer Horwitz advanced Morris to third with a ground-rule double and Orelvis Martinez walked to load the bases. Sebastian Espino, Will Robertson and Philip Clarke all struck out but King uncorked a wild pitch before Clarke’s strikeout and that allowed Morris to cross home plate.
Tri-City erased the lead against C.J. Van Eyk in the fifth. Kenyon Yovan singled on a 1-2 pitch to start the inning and Griffin Mazur drove him home with a home run to left field to put the Dust Devils ahead 2-1.
The C’s tied the game in the sixth when Horwitz poked a one-out homer to left to end King’s night before surging ahead in the seventh against Eric Torres. A bloop double by Clarke down the left field line and an infield single to short by Eric Rivera got things rolling. A passed ball by Mazur pushed Clarke and Rivera up 90 feet before a Zac Cook base hit to right scored Clarke with the go-ahead run. Luis De Los Santos flared a single up the middle to score Rivera and chase Torres from the game. Morris got to Dakota Donovan for a base knock to left to drive in Cook to make it 5-2 Vancouver.
De Los Santos was the C’s first baserunner when the started the first by reaching on an error by Livan Soto at short. Morris struck out swinging and Horwitz rapped into a 6-3 double play to help Tri-City starter Sam Bachman get out of the inning.
Vancouver got its first runner in scoring position in the second when Rivera walked with one out and stole second base. Bachman would strike out Cook before King retired De Los Santos on a fly ball to center.
Morris and Horwitz shared the team lead in hits with two apiece. Horwitz had his fifth home run of the season and 21st double. Rivera singled, walked and stole his 12th base and Martinez walked twice. Clarke had his 10th double. The C’s were 4-for-12 with runners on second and/or third and left a half-dozen on base.
Van Eyk pitched five strong innings as he limited the Dust Devils to four hits and two walks. He struck out the side all swinging in the second and third innings and retired eight in a row at one point. Five out of his nine outs in play were on the ground and he threw 60 of his 87 pitches for strikes. He stranded a two-out walk to Jordyn Adams in the first inning and worked around one-out free passes to Adams and Kyle Kasser in the fourth.
Willy Gaston took over for Van Eyk to begin the sixth. He worked around a Kasser leadoff walk and a one-out wild pitch in the sixth, stranded a Mazur base hit with one out in the seventh and prevented a one-out Kasser single and Adrian Rondon walk from scoring. Gaston scattered two hits and two walks and struck out two to earn his first win of the year.
Jol Concepion made his Vancouver debut in the ninth. He walked the first hitter he faced in Steven Rivas and walked Jeremy Arocho one out later but Soto grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to give Concepcion the save.
Adam Kloffenstein takes the ball for Vancouver in Game 5 of this six-game set. Glenn Albanese starts for Tri-City. The game begins at 7:05 pm on CanadiansBaseball.com.
The C’s have placed righthander Cobi Johnson on the 7-day injured list. He pitched a shutout inning against the Dust Devils Tuesday and has not been scored upon in four of his last six outings. The 25 year-old from Holiday, Florida has struck out 50 batters in 40-2/3 innings this season.
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Buffalo defeated Syracuse 3-1 Friday.
- Josh Palacios – 2/4, R
- Cullen Large – 1/3, BB
- Richard Ureña – 1/4, 2B (18), RBI
- Logan Warmoth – 0/2, BB, HBP, R
- Zach Logue – 5.1IP 3H 1R/ER 2BB 5K (W, 6-2)
- Dany Jiménez – 0.2IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 2K
New Hampshire came from ahead to lose to Hartford 5-3.
- Samad Taylor – 0/3, HBP
- Vinny Capra – 1/3, BB, 2R
- Chavez Young – 3/4, HR (7), 2B (12), 3RBI
- Nick Podkul – 0/3, BB
- Ryan Gold – 2/4, 2B (1)
- Nick Fraze – 4.1IP 5H 2R/ER 1BB 5K HBP
- Connor Law – 0.2IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 1K 3-0 IR/S
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- Trevor Schwecke – 0/2, BB, SB, R (2021 season debut)
- Brock Lundquist – 1/2, RBI – (2/7 in 2 games with a double)
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