The Vancouver Canadians let one slip away against the Spokane Indians as they dropped a 4-3 decision in 11 innings at Avista Stadium Thursday.
The C’s commenced the scoring in the top of the third against Chris McMahon when Glenn Santiago singled to right field and Michael Turconi singled to left to put runners on at first and third. Turconi was caught stealing second base but Santiago came in to score from third.
Turconi would touch home plate in the fifth inning when he singled to right with one out before Damiano Palmegiani connected for a two-out, two-run home run to left-center to put Vancouver in front 3-0.
After being stymied by Chad Dallas over the first six innings, Spokane started their comeback in the seventh when Robby Martin singled to center and scored on a Nic Kent two-run home run to right field off Justin Kelly.
A leadoff walk to Colin Simpson in the eighth against Mason Fluharty got the home side going. Mateo Gil singled to left to move pinch-runner Braiden Ward to second. Ronaiker Palma laid down a sacrifice bunt in front of the plate to get Ward over to third. Bladimir Restituyo tied it by limiting a sacrifice fly to center to score Ward.
Restituyo would score the winning run in the 11th when Martin hit a ground-rule double down the left field line off against Troy Watson.
Rainer Nuñez reached base with a two-out walk in the first inning and was the only to reach base before Santiago’s single in the third. Nuñez singled to left field to lead off the fourth before P.K. Morris followed with a base hit to right. Gabby Martinez fouled out to first, Alex De Jesus grounded out to first to move the runners up but Miguel Hiraldo flied out to center to leave Nuñez and Morris in scoring position.
A Morris single to right to begin the sixth went for naught when Martinez flied out to center and De Jesus and Hiraldo struck out swinging against McMahon.
Santiago singled off Juan Mejia to start the seventh but Turconi and Andres Sosa struck out swinging and Palmegiani was caught looking at strike three.
The C’s were retired in order in the eighth with the lowlight being Morris automatically being called out on strikes because he was apparently not back in the batter’s box in time.
Hiraldo had a one-out base hit to right in the ninth inning but Blake Goldsberry got Santiago to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
The C’s had a chance to grab the lead in the 10th when a Turconi groundout to second moved Santiago over to third as the placed runner from second base. Sosa hit a grounder to second but Eddy Diaz threw out Santiago at the plate to keep the game tied. Goldsberry then struck out Palmegiani swinging.
Vancouver managed to get the go-ahead run 90 feet away in the 11th against Anderson Bido when Nuñez grounder to third got Palmegiani over from second. Morris would strike out swinging and Martinez flied out to center.
Morris, Santiago and Turconi had two-hit efforts and Nuñez was on base twice with a hit and a walk. Palmegiani clubbed his 12th home run of the year and Hiraldo had the other base knock. Vancouver left seven men on base and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Dallas had a 1-2-3 first inning and overcame two walks to Simpson and Gil to start the second inning by getting the next three hitters. After mowing down eight in a row, Gil singled to center with two outs in the fourth. The fifth inning saw Restituyo get aboard on a bunt single to left and Martin reaching first on a Turconi fielding error at short but Dallas got out of it after getting Diaz to ground into a 5-3 inning-ending double play.
More danger for Dallas presented itself in the sixth as a Nuñez fielding miscue at first base allowed Drew Romo to start the inning on base. Dallas got the next two hitters with Simpson striking out for out number two but a Gil walk and a Palma single to right loaded the bases. The inning ended when Restituyo hit into a 5-4 fielder’s choice.
Kelly sat down the next three hitters he faced after Kent’s two-run dinger as he struck out Diaz swinging and Romo looking.
Fluharty left runners at the corners when he walked Martin following the Restituyo sac fly but got Kent to fly out to center for the third out.
Watson sent the game into extra innings by eliminating a four-pitch walk to Diaz to lead off the ninth but got Romo to line out into a 6-3 double play before striking out Hunter Goodman swinging.
In the 10th, Watson plunked Ward to join Goodman on base but Gil and Palma struck out swinging before Restituyo hit into an unassisted fielder’s choice at second.
Dallas scattered three hits and three walks over six shutout innings. He had only one strikeout but racked up 10 outs on the ground. Kelly gave up two runs on two hits and struck out two in one inning. Fluharty allowed the tying run on a hit and two walks in the eight. Watson went two-plus innings and was charged with an unearned run on a hit and a walk. He struck out three but took the loss to fall to 0-2.
Vancouver’s record falls to 64-56 on the season with a 3-1/2 game lead on Spokane for the final playoff spot in the Northwest League. The C’s are one game behind Eugene for the second-half Northwest League crown at 34-23.
The fifth game of this series is set for 7:05 p.m. The C’s will go up against Andrew Quezada on the mound. Lefthander Trenton Wallace will be on the slope for Vancouver. You can listen to the game at CanadiansBaseball.com.