The Vancouver Canadians hammered the Spokane Indians 12-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday. Game 2 was set to go at 7:50 p.m. Saturday but was rained out.
Spokane started the scoring in the top of the first against C’s starter Ricky Tiedemann. A ground ball to third by leadoff hitter Bladimir Restituyo handcuffed Trevor Schwecke. A bouncer to the mound in which Tiedemann calmly fielded and spun around to retire Zac Veen but Restituyo made it to second. Restituyo stole third on a bang-bang play and came in to score on a sacrifice fly to center field by Drew Romo.
Vancouver responded against Spokane starter Will Ethridge in the bottom of the first when Addison Barger bashed a one-out home over the wall in right to even the score at 1-1.
The C’s went back to work in the second when Miguel Hiraldo hit a one-out double that short hopped the wall in center. Andrés Sosa deposited an opposite single to right to push Hiraldo to third. Hiraldo came in to score on a ground-rule double to left by Davis Schneider to give Vancouver the lead. Berroa got his second hit in as many at-bats when he grounded a single to right to score Sosa from third.
Vancouver began to pull away in the fourth and it started with Sosa taking a 3-1 pitch from Ethridge in the lower back with one out before Schneider ripped the next pitch over the left field fence off the Yes Guy hard iced tea can to make it 5-1 Vancouver.
Mack Mueller drew a walk and Berroa was hit on the right foot to put two runners on. Barger then snuck one underneath the glove of Grant Lavigne at first base for a single to right to drive in Mueller. Barger moved to second on the play and Berroa went to third. Berroa would race home on a wild pitch by Etheridge to bring home Vancouver’s seventh run. He was going so fast that he only slowed up at the warning track behind the plate but he took the time to high-five a fan through the netting before going back to the dugout to celebrate with his teammates. Two pitches later, another Ethridge wayward offering went to the backstop and that scored Barger for run number eight. One ball four pitch later to Schwecke spelled the end of the night for Ethridge. New Spokane pitcher Boby Johnson gave up a single by P.K. Morris that pushed Schwecke to third. Hiraldo then singled to right to score Schwecke to put the C’s ahead 9-1.
The C’s continued to pile on in the sixth against Comox, BC native Adam McKillican. A leadoff walk by Morris could have been erased one out later when Sosa bounced one to the mound but McKillican threw the ball into center field. Schneider nearly snuck one through up the middle but Carreras ranged to his left and flipped the ball to Kent to force out Sosa. A walk to Mueller loaded the bases and Berroa unloaded them with a double to center.
The Canadians could have had two runs instead of one in the top of the first. Berroa drew a leadoff walk but was thrown out by Romo trying to steal second. The next pitch saw Barger homer to tie the game. Schwecke was robbed for a hit by his third base counterpart Cristopher Navarro who made leaping grab over his shoulder to end the inning.
The C’s were looking to reach double digits in the run column when Schneider’s double short hopped the wall in center. Mueller followed with a walk but he was forced out on a 6-3 fielder’s choice by Berroa. The bases were loaded with two outs on a walk by Zach Britton but Schwecke fouled out to first for the third out.
Schneider paced the Canadians 11-hit attack with three hits and three RBI, racking up eight total bases on his fourth homer of the year and two doubles. Berroa, Barger and Hiraldo had two hits apiece with Barger clubbing his eighth homer of the year and adding a walk with a single. Berroa doubled, walked and was hit by pitch and drove in four runs. Morris singled and walked and Sosa singled and was hit by a pitch. Mueller drew three walks and Britton and Schwecke heard ball four once as all nine C’s hitters reached base safely. Vancouver was 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine men on base.
Spokane’s first hit against Tiedemann came in the second on a leadoff single to left by Julio Carreras. He took off for second on a 3-2 pitch to Ronaiker Palma and slowed down towards the second base bag as he thought the pitch was ball four. Instead it was a called strike three as Sosa made the throw down to second and Hiraldo tagged him out. A.J. Lewis broke his bat on the next pitch with a fly out to left for out number three.
Tiedemann rolled through the third with a grounder to short by Cristopher Navarro and swinging strikeouts of Nic Kent and Restituyo. A two-out infield single to third by Lavigne was Tiedemann’s only blemish in the fourth as he struck out Carreras swinging to finish that frame.
A.J. Lewis launched a one-out double to center field in the top of the fifth that Berroa jumped for but could not haul it in. C’s broadcaster Tyler Zickel pointed out that double was the first extra-base hit Tiedemann gave up in three starts with Vancouver. The 19 year-old lefty responded by striking out Navarro and Kent swinging to end his outing.
The one run against Tiedemann was unearned as he allowed just three hits, walking nobody and striking out six. Five of his nine outs in play were on the ground as he earned as first win in a Vancouver uniform.
The Tribe got another runner in scoring position when Restituyo doubled to center against C’s reliever Alex Nolan. The Spokane center fielder tagged up to go to third on a Veen fly ball to left but Schneider fired a strike to third as Schwecke made the tag for the first out. Romo snuck a grounder to right past a diving Hiraldo at second and Lavigne drew a walk but Nolan struck out Carreras swinging to keep the visitors off the board.
Nolan, from Burlington, Ontario, turned the ball over to North Vancouver’s finest Will McAffer who worked a 1-2-3 inning with two groundouts and a flyout to seal the win.
Weather permitting, the Canadians wrap up this series against Spokane at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Hunter Gregory gets the start for Vancouver and he will go against Spokane lefty Joe Rock. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
There’s no word on if or when the postponed second game of the doubleheader will be made up.
Update – There will be a Game 2 Sunday. Alejandro Melean will take the ball for Vancouver against Andrew Quezada.
Before Saturday’s game, the Toronto Blue Jays promoted lefthander Jimmy Burnette to Double-A New Hampshire. Burnette went 1-3 with a 3.79 earned run average, striking out 38 batters in 19 innings against 11 walks and six hit by pitches. The 23 year-old from Chicago was taken by Toronto in the 18th round of the 2021 draft from St. Leo University.
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Tiedemann struck out batters with offerings of 94, 96, 96, 91 and 84 miles per hour. He was also around 78-80. Nolan had a strikeout at 83 and was up to 93. McAffer was around 91-92.