The Vancouver Canadians lost their second straight to the Eugene Emeralds 10-3 at P.K. Park Wednesday.
Vancouver got to Emeralds starter Keaton Winn early. Dasan Brown doubled as the ball deflected off the glove of a diving Max Wright into foul territory in right field to start the game. Designated hitter Leo Jiménez was hit by a pitch in the hand and was replaced by P.K. Morris at first. Damiano Palmegiani singled to left on an 0-2 pitch to score Brown with the game’s first run. Rainer Nuñez walked to load the bases before Riley Tirotta grounded into a 4-6 fielder’s choice to score Morris. Gabby Martinez then doubled to left to score Palmegiani to give the C’s a 3-0 lead.
It was all Eugene after that. Jairo Pomares got the Emeralds on the board with a two-out solo home run to center field on an 0-2 pitch from Michael Dominguez in the first. That was just before Dasan Brown robbed Carter Williams of a home run with a leaping catch against the wall in right-center.
Wright then brought the Emeralds to within a run with a solo shot to right-center filed off Dominguez to begin the third.
Dominguez was hurt by the long ball once again as Simon Whiteman went deep for a roundtripper with one out in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. Vaun Brown then reached base on a throwing error by Miguel Hiraldo at second and that was the end of the night for Dominguez. Naswell Paulino got ahead of Carter Williams 0-2 but gave up a single to center that moved Brown to third. Pomares then delivered a base hit to right to score Brown with the go-ahead run. Andy Thomas walked to load the bases before Patrick Bailey produced a sacrifice fly to score Williams.
Eugene homered again in the sixth when Jimmy Glowenke homered off Paulino to start the frame.
Against Justin Kelly in the seventh, Bailey tripled to right with one out and he would score on a Luis Toribio homer to right-center to make it 8-3 Emeralds.
In the eighth, Whiteman and Brown were walked by Kelly and they would score on a one-out single to right by Pomares and a Thomas groundout to second.
Winn retired 10 batters in a row before Jommer Hernandez snapped the string with a two-out ground rule double to right-center. Hugo Cardona struck out swinging as Winn wound up striking out the side.
A Morris one-out walk in the fifth and a Hiraldo single to right were stranded. A Palmegiani walk was erased on a Nuñez 6-4-3 double play. Hernandez was the last baserunner for the C’s with a two-out walk against Jake Wong who struck out Cardona to end the game and earn the four-inning save.
Brown, Martinez and Hernandez all had doubles with Hernandez drawing a walk. Palmegiani also reached base twice with a single and a walk. Morris and Nuñez heard ball four once and Jiménez was hit by a pitch before being replaced by Morris.
Dominguez served up three home runs and allowed an unearned run in 4-1/3 innings, walking three and striking out five to take the loss. Paulino allowed a Dominguez runner to score and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk over 1-2/3 innings. Kelly was roughed up for four runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings. He and Paulino also gave up a long ball.
The Canadians go with Chad Dallas on the mound Thursday against Mason Black. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
Alex De Jesus will be reporting to Vancouver after all and will be wearing number 27. The infielder was part of the Mitch White trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 3-for-6 in two games with the Florida Complex League Blue Jays after spending time with Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes in the Dodgers system this season.
The 23-14 Canadians are a half-game back of the Emeralds for first place in the second half Northwest League standings. The C’s are just a half-game ahead of Spokane for second place in the overall standings at 53-47.
Chad Dallas will pitch against Mason Black in the third game of this series. Game time is 6:35 p.m. on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.