The Vancouver Canadians struggle with getting over the .500 mark is real as they fell 4-1 to the Tri-City Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium Wednesday.
A leadoff walk by Jordyn Adams, a one-out double by Kyren Paris and another walk by Gabe Matthews put the Dust Devils in business against Chad Dallas in the first inning. Osmy Gregorio scored Adams with a sacrifice fly to right and a passed ball by Andrés Sosa allowed Paris to cross home plate for a 2-0 Tri-City lead.
The Dusty Ones scored again in the sixth when a Mike Peabody one-out walk by Garrett Farmer and a two-out stolen base came in to score on a fielding error by Garrett Spain in right field on a ball hit by Steven Rivas.
After being shutdown by Tri-City starter Landon Marceaux for seven innings, Miguel Hiraldo hit the first pitch he saw from Glenn Albanese Jr. and deposited it over the wall in left-center to begin the eighth inning.
The Dust Devils got that run back in the bottom of the eighth when Alex Nolan walked Peabody, threw two wild pitches and gave up a sac fly to Kyle Lovelace.
Leo Jiménez singled in his first at-bat back from getting his bell rung after trying to make a tag on a Spokane baserunner after stealing second. He was in the game last night as the designated hitter. Jiménez had an infield single to second base.
Davis Schneider had a base hit with two outs in the second. That was the last Vancouver hit or baserunner for that matter until Hiraldo hit his third homer of the season in the eighth. No Vancouver batter drew a walk and never batted with a runner in scoring position.
Garrett Spain was pinch-hit for by Hugo Cardona and popped out to short to end the eighth. Cardona remained in the game as the right fielder.
Dallas lasted just 2-2/3 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks while striking out two. Farmer stranded a runner for Dallas and soaked up four innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Nolan stranded two runners for Farmer but gave up a run in 1-1/3 innings on just one walk while striking out one.
The C’s try once again to get back to .500 as they send Yosver Zulueta to the bump. Robinson Piña is scheduled to throw the first pitch for the Dust Devils at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com.