The Vancouver Canadians will have to play two on Easter Friday at Gesa Stadium.
The third game of the six-game series set for Thursday was postponed due to snow. Adam Kloffenstein and Hunter Gregory are expected to get the starts for the C’s on Friday for the two seven-inning games beginning at 4:00 p.m. The 3-2 Canadians trail the 4-1 Dust Devils for top spot in the Northwest League. Tri-City took Tuesday’s series opener before Vancouver evened the series with a win on Wednesday.
Monty’s Mounties finish out the week in Pasco, Washington before returning to Vancouver for its home opener against the Eugene Emeralds Tuesday, April 19. First pitch at Nat Bailey Stadium is 7:05 p.m.
The Canadians have three players in the top 10 for batting average. Trevor Schwecke is batting .357 this season while Addison Barger and Garrett Spain are both hitting .333. Schwecke’s on-base percentage of .438 and on-base-plus-slugging mark of 1.081 also put him in the top 10 while Spain’s OPS of 1.042 is the 10th best mark in the league. Schwecke and Spain are tied for top spot in the Northwest with five runs scored apiece.
Barger and Zach Britton share the team lead with four runs batted in, leaving them three back of the league leaders. Hugo Cardona has two stolen bases to place third in the NWL.
As for the pitchers, Chad Dallas has a 0.00 earned run average and Sean Mellen is in the top 10 with a 1.59 mark. Mellen leads the league with 12 strikeouts while Jimmy Burnette has punched out 10. Dallas is also among the league leaders with eight Ks.
As a team, the Canadians are hitting at a .254/.330/.426 clip, placing them second, third and first respectively. The C’s have the most doubles in the six-team circuit with 13 and are tied with Tri-City for the most triples with two.
The pitchers have turned in the third-best ERA in the Northwest at 3.89. Their 62 strikeouts and .237 batting average against are tied for the second-best in the league with Tri-City and Eugene respectively. However, their WHIP is a league-worst 1.43.