The Vancouver Canadians will have some work to do when they resume their game against the Eugene Emeralds at P.K. Park Thursday.
Leo Jiménez got the Canadians in flight when he belted a one-out home run off Emeralds starter Wil Jensen in the first inning but the rain started to intensify.
Eugene answered back in the bottom of the first against Vancouver starter Sem Robberse as his defence betrayed him . A chopper to third by Ghordy Santos and a wide throw to first from Addison Barger resulted in an infield single. Santos would steal second when Hunter Bishop struck out and advanced to third on an Armani Smith grounder to first. A seeing-eye single to right by Jairo Pomares sent Santos home. Robberse got a shallow pop up near the line in right field but first baseman Riley Tirotta could not make the catch with his back to the infield and that allowed Casey Schmitt to get to first and Pomares to third. Carter Aldrete then hit a sinking liner to right field that Mack Mueller appeared to have a bead on but when he dove for the ball, it got by him all the way to the wall and that double scored Pomares and Schmitt.
The Emeralds struck again in the third when Bishop ripped a double over the glove of Tirotta at first to right field. Bishop stole third and came home on a grounder to third by Smith. Robberse then hung a curveball to Schmitt and he was taken deep to left field for a solo shot to make it 5-1 Emeralds.
The game was then stopped as the rain kept intensifying. The game will pick up in the top of the fourth inning.
The Canadians got the first two men in the second inning when Tirotta walked and stole second base before Mueller also heard ball four. Miguel Hiraldo would hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Davis Schneider left Tirotta at third when he struck out swinging.
Congratulations to Canadians first baseman P.K. Morris for winning the Northwest League Player of the Week award May 2-8. The 23 year-old left-handed hitter batted .450 with two home runs, three doubles, five walks and seven runs batted in over six games The highlight of the week from the Tampa, Florida native was a pair of two-run homers, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth to give the C’s a win over Everett May 6. Morris—a 2017 draft pick in the 14th round by Toronto—is fifth in the Northwest League in on-base percentage at .387 and is third in slugging and OPS at .526 and .913 respectively.
Monday’s game was the first time the Canadians played on a Monday since the 2019 season finale in Everett on Labour Day. Hat tip to C’s play-by-play announcer Tyler Zickel for that nugget of information.
The Canadians and Emeralds are off Tuesday and Wednesday before cramming the next five games of the series Thursday to Sunday as the Oregon Ducks reclaim P.K. Park to take on UC-San Diego. Hunter Gregory is the probable starter for the C’s in the regularly scheduled game Thursday night while Kyle Harrison goes for the Emeralds. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
Congratulations to 2015 Vancouver Canadians lefthander Danny Young for making his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners Monday. He walked Bryson Stott but got Kyle Schwarber to fly out to center to strand the bases loaded to end the seventh. Young would strike out Matt Vierling and strand two runners in scoring position in a scoreless eighth but the Mariners were blanked by Philadelphia 9-0.
Radar Gun Rundown
From Monday’s game, Trent Palmer was up to 97 miles per hour and down to 7a 9. He had strikeouts of 95, 84, 85, 93, 81 and 81. Alejandro Melean had K’s of 81, 81, 94, 79 and 97. Abdiel Mendoza had a strikeout at 79 and ranged from 77, 80, 84 and 94.