It has been 963 long days since the Vancouver Canadians have hosted a Northwest League baseball game at The Nat.
You can break down the 963-day wait in the following ways:
- 2 years, 7 months and 18 days
- 23,112 hours
- 1,386,720 minutes
- 83,208,200 seconds
- 137.531 weeks
- 31.593 months
At 7:05 p.m. tonight—weather permitting—the clock will reset when the Canadians will take on the Eugene Emeralds in the first of six games this week. Sem Robberse will get the Opening Day assignment for Vancouver.
August 30, 2019 was the date of the last game the Canadians played at Nat Bailey. The C’s built up a 5-1 lead that Friday afternoon only to see the Dust Devils roar back to win the game 8-5 and clinch a berth in the Northwest League playoffs
Here are some of the lasts of that game from a Vancouver perspective.
- Last Starting Pitcher – Jared DiCesare (5.0IP 1R)
- Last Run/RBI – Will Robertson, home run
- Last Hit.- Tanner Morris, single
- Last Walk – Ryan Sloniger
- Last Hit by Pitch – Spencer Horwitz
- Last Double – Spencer Horwitz
- Last Stolen Base – Adrian Ramos
- Last Pitch – Gage Burland
- Last Putout – Popup caught by Luis De Los Santos at short
- Last Out – Ryan Sloniger struck out swinging by Dominic DiSabatino
Vancouver’s last win at The Nat came August 29 when they walked off the Dust Devils 8-7. Jesus Lopez tied the game at 7-7 with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth before Ryan Sloniger walked it off with a run-scoring knock. Luke Gillingham was the winning pitcher.
Vancouver Canadians righthander Chad Dallas has been named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for April 11-17. His first pro start saw him retire 15 hitters in a row after walking the leadoff man, striking out eight as the Canadians defeated Tri-City in Pasco 3-0 on April 13.
The 21 year-old from Orange, Texas and former Tennessee Volunteer is scheduled to pitch Thursday against Eugene in the first Throwback Thursday game of the year as the team will wear their Molson Canadian-themed jerseys for the first time.
Congratulations goes out to 2012 Vancouver Canadians second baseman Christian Lopes for getting called up to the bigs. The Oakland Athletics called up the 29-year old from Huntington Beach, California after an 11-year trek through the minors. The older brother of former Seattle Mariner and Milwaukee Brewer Tim Lopes, Christian was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2011 draft out of Edison High School in Huntington Beach,
The right handed-hitting Lopes began his pro career in 2012 with Bluefield where he batted .280 and slugged .484. That earned him a promotion to Vancouver where he singled on the first Northwest League he saw against Boise on August 22. He had a pair of two-hit games and a three-hit effort in his first four games with the C’s. He stuck around for the balance of the season and was on the field in Boise to celebrate the Canadians second straight Northwest League title.
Lopes was named to the Midwest League All-Star game in 2013 and was named a Blue Jays Organization All-Star by MLB.com in 2015 and 2016. He joined the Texas Rangers organization in time for the 2018 season and bounced around the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks systems before joining Oakland as a minor league free agent March 11. Lopes batted .289 with a .372 on-base percentage at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He has played 2,368 games in the minors with a career batting mark of .263.
Oakland’s call-up of Lopes gives them four former Vancouver Canadians on the roster. Lopes joins 2016 righthander Zach Jackson, 2017 righty Dany Jiménez and 2017 lefty Zach Logue in the green and gold. Jiménez was the winning pitcher for the A’s against Toronto on Saturday as he took advantage of a generous strike zone by umpire Jeff Nelson to strike out the side in the eighth inning, the same inning in which Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Jimenez earned his first major league save last week in Tampa Bay.