The Vancouver Canadians get to say good riddance to P.K. Park for 2022 as they held off the Eugene Emeralds with a 5-2 victory to avert a six-game sweep Sunday.

The Emeralds took the early advantage in the third inning against Jimmy Robbins. The inning began with Luis Matos got aboard on a fielding error by Miguel Hiraldo at second base. Carter Williams then doubled to left to score Matos with the game’s first run. Robbins threw a wild pitch that advanced Williams to third before Jairo Pomares produced a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Williams.

Hiraldo looked to atone for his error as he singled to center to lead off the fifth inning against Nick Zwack and he would rumble around the bases on an Andrés Sosa double to center. Zwack uncorked a wild pitch that sent Sosa to third before striking out Garrett Spain. That was all for Zwack as Abel Adames took to the mound for the Emeralds and he allowed a Dasan Brown homer to right-center field to put the C’s ahead 3-2.

Sosa picked up a double by blooping one to center field that bounced over the head of Matos to begin the seventh off Brett Standlee. The inning was extended by an Alex De Jesus walk and after a wild pitch, Rainer Nuñez heard ball four to load the bases. Another wild pitch by Standlee allowed Sosa to scamper home with Vancouver’s fourth run.

Vancouver would add one more run in the eighth against Mat Olsen. Gabby Martinez doubled to left field and Damiano Palmegiani singled to the seven spot to put runners on the corners. With one out, Sosa singled to left to score Martinez.

  • Vancouver Canadians Andrés Sosa
  • Vancouver Canadians Justin Kelly
  • Vancouver Canadians Garrett Farmer
  • Vancouver Canadians Damiano Palmegiani
  • Vancouver Canadians Jol Concepcion


C's Notes

De Jesus was the first Vancouver batter to reach base with a one-out walk in the first and Palmegiani had the first hit with a one-out double in the second but they were stranded. Zwack struck out the side swinging in the third by sitting down Spain, Brown and De Jesus before yielding a two-out single to left by Martinez in the fourth. That was bracketed by punchouts of Riley Tirotta and Palmegiani who did reach base with a two-out walk in the sixth. Tirotta struck out swinging to leave runners at second and third to end the seventh and Spain hit into an inning-ending double play after Sosa’s RBI single.

Sosa led the hit parade with three hits, including two doubles, while Palmegiani reached base three times with a double, a single and a walk. Martinez had a double and a single, Nuñez had a base hit and a base on balls and De Jesus drew a pair of walks. Brown belted his first Northwest League home run and Hiraldo had a base hit. The C’s were 3-for-11 with runners at second and/or third with seven men stranded.

Nuñez prolonged the ninth with a two-out single to short but pinch-runner Hugo Cardona was caught stealing. P.K. Morris took at first base in the bottom of the ninth.

Robbins was able to work himself out of a first inning jam. Williams singled to center with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. Pomares reached base when Sosa was called for catcher’s interference but Luis Toribio and Andy Thomas struck out swinging.

The least stressful inning for Robbins was the second when he issued a two-out walk to Robert Emery but he struck out Jimmy Glowenke swinging, induced a comebacker to the mound by Wright and rung up Simon Whiteman looking at strike three.

Justin Kelly cruised through the fourth inning by striking out Wright and Emery to wrap up a 1-2-3 frame. The fifth inning saw Matos single to center with one out and he stole second with two outs but Kelly struck out Pomares swinging on a full-count pitch.

Mason Fluharty faced the minimum in the sixth by striking out Toribio swinging before erasing an Andy Thomas one-out base hit to center with a 6-4-3 double play from Glowenke.

Garrett Farmer returned to the mound for the first time since July 22 and walked Max Wright to start the seventh inning. Farmer struck out Emery swinging and got Whiteman to fly out to center but a Matos single to left. Jol Concepcion came in to whiff Williams on a 3-2 pitch to strand the runners.

Concepcion had to put out a fire of his own in the eighth inning. Pomares singled to right, went to second on a balk and went to third on a Thomas base hit to left but Concepcion struck out Glowenke swinging before getting Wright to fly out to right.

In the ninth, Concepcion surrendered an infield single to second by Emery but struck out the side by getting Whiteman and Williams swinging and Matos looking in between to end the game.

The pitching line for Robbins was two runs allowed (one earned) on two hits and one walk. He struck out five but needed 75 pitches to get through his three innings. Kelly gave up just one walk and whiffed three over two shutout innings to up his record to 8-2. Fluharty earned the hold with a one-hit seventh that included a K. Farmer had a hit and a walk on his ledger but struck out one of the two batters he retired. Concepcion stranded both runners and scattered three hits over 2-1/3 shutout innings by punching out six batters to pick up save number seven.

The Canadians resume their road trip Tuesday night in Everett. The game is on with Tyler Zickel on the call. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.



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