The Vancouver Canadians were embarrassed 13-0 by the Eugene Emeralds at Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday.
The Em’s got the only run they needed in the third inning off Jimmy Robbins. A single to center by Luis Matos started the frame and he stole second base. Carter Aldrete then singled to center on a 2-2 pitch with two outs to plate Matos.
Eugene padded their lead when Casey Schmitt hit a two-run homer to center in the fifth off Hunter Gregory.
Schmitt drove in another Emeralds run off Sean Wymer with an infield single to second that Miguel Hiraldo could only make a diving stop on. Bases loaded walks by Luis Toribio and Aldrete and a wild pitch expanded the Eugene lead to 8-0.
Eugene’s ninth run came on an RBI single by Matos against Wymer in the seventh.
The onslaught continued in the eighth when Davis Schneider was summoned from the bench to pitch. The utilityman gave up an RBI single to Najee Gaskins, a two-run double to Rodolfo Bone and run-scoring two-baggers by Matos and Hunter Bishop.
Vancouver’s first hit came from Addison Barger who doubled to right with two outs in the first off Nick Swiney.
Anthony Morales had a walk in the third inning with one-out and Trevor Schwecke had a base hit to left with one out in the fourth.
The fifth inning featured a pair of two-out hits when Morales singled to center and advanced to third on a Steward Berroa double to left.
Hiraldo had a one-out walk in the seventh against Mat Olsen and Berroa heard ball four to start the eighth. After Leo Jiménez hit into a fielder’s choice, Barger singled up the gut but none of those scoring chances panned out.
Mack Mueller grinded out a walk after a nine-pitch at-bat with two outs in the ninth against Clay Helvey but Morales struck out to end the game.
Barger had two hits while Berroa and Morales were on base twice. Barger belted his 14th double of the year, Berroa had his fifth extra-base knock and a walk while Morales singled and walked. Hiraldo and Mueller heard ball four once. The C’s were 0-for-5 in the RISP department with nine men stranded on the pillows.
The best defensive play of the night for the C’s came with two outs in the fourth when Hiraldo made a sliding stop of a Santos ground ball to his left at second base before throwing out the Emeralds leadoff hitter to end the frame.
Robbins gave up a run on two hits and five walks but struck out four in three-plus innings. Gregory stranded a runner for Robbins but was roughed up for five runs on five hits and walks while striking out three over 2-1/3 innings. The Old Dominion Monarch left the game due to injury after getting ahead of Bishop in the count 1-and-2.
Wymer was pressed into action and struck out Bishop on the first pitch he threw but allowed all three Gregory runners to score as well as two of his own over 1-2/3 innings. The TCU Horned Frog was charged with one earned run on three hits and two walks while whiffing four.
Schneider surrendered five runs on six hits in the eighth inning before fellow position player Hugo Cardona finished up with a scoreless ninth inning, coughing up just a two-out double to Gaskins while striking out one.
The Canadians made a couple of roster moves Saturday. Lefty Braden Scott was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire after just one appearance on the mound for Monty’s Mounties. That appearance featured three strikeouts on just 11 pitches in a perfect inning against the Emeralds in the series opener Tuesday. Taking Scott’s place is righthander Justin Kelly. The 23 year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent on July 21, 2021 from the University of Utah. The 6-foot-1, 195 pound has made 27 appearances. all but one in relief, over two seasons with the Dunedin Blue Jays and picked up his first two professional saves this year. He will wear number 40.
Another roster move is pending involving a position player coming to the C’s from Dunedin. The official word should come shortly.
The Canadians go with Alejandro Melean on the mound for the series finale on Father’s Day Sunday at 1:05 p.m. He’ll go up against Randy Rodriguez. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
Radar Gun Rundown
Robbins had radar gun readings from 74-97 miles per hour with strikeouts at 74, 88, 82 and 93. 93 and 92. Gregory lit up the gun at 95-98 with strikeouts at 86, 93, 91. Wymer had whiffs at 81, 77, 84 and 82 and was at 76-90. Schneider was around 59-79 and Cardona was clocked from 71-81 with a strikeout at 81.