The Vancouver Canadians are on the verge of being swept by the Eugene Emeralds after a 3-0 setback at P.K. Park Tuesday.
The Emeralds did all their scoring in the top of the fifth inning. Luis Toribio walked and was balked over to second by Trenton Wallace. Jimmy Glowenke then drew a walk before Wallace threw the ball away into the dugout thinking time had been called. Time was not granted and Toribio scored the easiest run of his life. A one out walk by Simon Whiteman ended Wallace’s night and Eric Pardinho came in from the bullpen. After Whiteman stole second base, Luis Matos tripled to right-center field just off the glove of a diving Dasan Brown to score Glowenke and Whiteman. C’s manager Brent Lavallee was tossed from the game by base umpire Paul Roemer after it appeared Matos was tagged out by Riley Tirotta at third base.
The Canadians were handed three two-out walks and a wild pitch by Carson Seymour but could not score a run. Damiano Palmegiani, Rainer Nuñez and Tirotta all heard ball four but Gabriel Martinez flied out to left to leave them loaded.
Hugo Cardona singled. to center with two outs and stole second base in the second inning but Brown popped out to second.
Nuñez had a two-out single in the third but Tirotta struck out swinging. Martinez singled with to start the fourth and got to second base on a wild pitch but Seymour struck out P.K. Morris, Jommer Hernandez and Cardona swinging.
Brown opened the fifth with a leadoff double but was picked off trying to steal third by John Gavin who went on to face the minimum in his two innings, striking out Alex De Jesus and whiffing the side in the sixth by getting Nuñez and Tirotta looking and Martinez swinging.
Hernandez drew a one-out walk in the seventh and moved to second on a wild pitch but Nick Morreale also struck out the side by getting Morris looking and Cardona and Brown swinging.
De Jesus worked a leadoff walk from John Gates in the eighth but he was forced out on a Palmegiani 5-4 fielder’s choice before Nuñez hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The C’s stranded one more runner in scoring position before the night was through when Martinez doubled to center with one out. Martinez got to third on a Morris groundout to second but Ty Weber struck out Hernandez to end the game.
Martinez had two of the five C’s hits with a double. Brown also had a two-base hit while Nuñez and Cardona had the other safeties with Nuñez also drawing a walk. De Jesus, Palmegiani, Tirotta and Hernandez all had bases on balls. The C’s were 0-for-8 with RISP with another eight in the LOB column.
Wallace retired the side in order in the first and third innings. He walked Patrick Bailey with one out before a Toribio double to right put runners at second and third. However, Glowenke hit into a 9-2-5-2 inning-ending double play. Wallace would strand a Jairo Pomares one-out walk in the fourth.
After Pardinho allowed his two inherited runners to score, he would walk the bases loaded with Williams and Andy Thomas getting free passes but alternated those with strikeouts of Pomares and Bailey to prevent further damage.
Pardinho surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the sixth when Robert Emery singled to right and Whiteman bunted his way aboard at third base but got Matos to hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.
Naswell Paulino turned in the best pitching line of the night for Vancouver as his only misstep was a one-out walk to Pomares with one out in the seventh. He struck out Thomas in the seventh and retired the last five men he faced, striking out Glowenke and Emery to end the eighth.
Wallace took the loss by giving up three runs on one hit and five walks with five punchouts over 4-1/3 innings. Pardinho pitched 1-2/3 innings and gave up three hits and two walks while whiffing four. Paulino tossed two shutout frames with one walk and three punchouts.
The C’s are 3-1/2 games back of Eugene for first place in the second half and are now 1-1/2 games back of Spokane for a playoff spot in the overall standings.
The Canadians and Emeralds play the finale at 4:05 p.m. today. Jimmy Robbins is on the bump for Vancouver opposite Nick Zwack. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.