The Vancouver Canadians snatched another defeat from the jaws of victory as the Everett AquaSox rallied for a 4-1 victory in 10 innings at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday.
The C’s did not get their first hit until the bottom of the eighth inning when Harry Ray doubled to left off Leon Hunter with nobody out. Ray got to third on a Josh Morgan passed ball and would score on a one-out ground ball by Dasan Brown for the first run of the game.
The AquaSox would tie it with one out in the top of the ninth when Mike Salvatore jumped on the first pitch he saw from Justin Kelly for a home run to left-center field.
Everett would load the bases in the top of the 10th when Colin Davis walked and Cole Barr was hit by a pitch to push placed runner/pinch-under James Parker to third base. Noelvi Marte lifted a fly ball to shallow center which Brown caught and delivered a throw right on the money to the plate but Andrés Sosa dropped the ball in trying to make the tag and Parker slid home safely with the go-ahead run. Barr would steal second base and Sosa’s throwing error allowed Davis to score Everett’s third run. Alberto Rodriguez then singled to left to drive in Barr for the final run of the game.
The offence let Chad Dallas down after he shut down the Frogs over six innings, limiting them to two hits and two walks. One of those free passes was to Rodriguez with one out in the first but he was forced out when Cardona knocked down a ball at short by Morgan in what could have been a double play ball but had to settle for a 6-4 force out. Dallas would end the frame by getting Tingelstad looking at strike three and beginning the game by freezing Marte at the dish.
Dallas allowed a two-out single to Gomez for his only blemish in the second. A throwing error by Cardona on a Barr ground ball opened the third. Barr would get to second on a one-out grounder to short by Rodriguez but Dallas got Morgan to fly out to right for the third out.
Dallas set down nine in a row before Marte singled to left past a diving Cardona at short to start the sixth. A one-out walk to Morgan and a Tingelstad ground ball to second put two runners in scoring position but Dallas got Salvatore to ground out to third to end his outing.
Abdiel Mendoza had a 1-2-3 seventh inning, capped off by getting Gomez looking at strike three before fanning Davis.
Kelly gave up a one-out double to center by Marte with one out in the eighth but struck out Barr looking before that beforehand. Rodriguez then struck out swinging before getting Morgan to fly out to right.
Mark Simon entered the game in the 10th after Rodriguez’s RBI single. Sosa threw out Rodriguez trying to steal second before Simon retired Morgan on a groundout to short.
Dallas struck out eight over six innings and split his 10 outs in play evenly on the ground and in the air but he got no help from the offence. Kelly took the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) over 2-1/3 innings on three hits and a walk while striking out three.
Logan RInehart pitched a no-hitter through five innings on the mound for Everett. A one-out walk and a two-out stolen base by Sosa in the first was stranded when Rinehart struck out Brown looking and Damiano Palmegiani and Miguel Hiraldo swinging.
Sosa was the next runner to reach base with a leadoff walk in the fourth. He was forced out on a Hiraldo 5-4 fielder’s choice with one out. Hiraldo stole second base but Jommer Hernandez went down swinging.
The C’s stranded another runner in scoring position in the fifth. Glenn Santiago got to second after Dariel Gomez dropped the ball at first on a throw by shortstop Noelvi Marte. Ray then lined out to Trent Tingelstad in left and he doubled off Santiago at second for a 7-4 inning-ending double play.
In the sixth, Hugo Cardona walked, stole second base and got to third on a Brown fly ball to center. Sosa hit a tapper to the mound where Brendan McGuigan threw the ball to Morgan at home and tagged Cardona out in a rundown. Cardona could not stay in the rundown long enough for Sosa to at least get into scoring position. Palmegiani then popped out to first to end the inning.
Mack Mueller drew a two-out walk in the seventh against Peyton Alford after Hiraldo and Hernandez struck out but Santiago popped out to short.
Palmegiani drew a leadoff walk in the ninth against Hunter but pinch-runner Garrett Spain was forced out on the front end of a 6-4-3 double play by Hiraldo. Hernandez then popped out to second to send the game to the extra inning.
With Steward Berroa pinch-running for Hernandez to begin the 10th inning, Ray drew.a two-out walk to bring Cardona as the potential tying run to the plate but Kyle Hill got Cardona to fly out to center to end the game.
Thanks to Hillsboro’s win in Eugene Thursday, Vancouver remains in first place by half-a-game over the Emeralds but Everett is now just 1-1/2 games back. The C’s are now 16-10 in the second half of the Northwest League season.
The Canadians and AquaSox square off for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch Friday. Sem Robberse goes on the slope for Vancouver against Jordan Jackson. Tyler Zickel will have the play-by-play on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
Radar Gun Rundown
Dallas struck out batters at 82, 80. 92, 81, 83 and 94 miles per hour with a range of 78-95. Mendoza registered strikeouts at 80 and 94 Kelly had K’s of 92, 97 and 89 and was around 85-95. No radar gun readings for Simon as I was too pissed off at that point.