The Vancouver Canadians suffered an 8-5 setback to the Eugene Emeralds at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday.

The Emeralds went to work on Abdiel Mendoza in the second inning. Luis Toribio singled to right field with one out before Hayden Cantrelle made it to second when P.K. Morris muffed a fly ball near the left field corner. Instead of two outs and a man on first, it was runners at second and third. Grant McCray singled to right to drive in Toribio and Cantrelle to give the Em’s a 2-0 lead. Luis Matos walked before a Marco Luciano groundout to second pushed McCray and Matos into scoring position. Mendoza threw a wild pitch—his second of the inning—to allow McCray to score. Hunter Bishop singled to right to score Matos before Jared Dupere homered to left on the first pitch he saw from Mendoza to plate Bishop and put the Emeralds up by six.

The Canadians chipped away in the second when Dupere dropped a deep fly ball in left field by Gabby Martinez for a two-base error. Andrés Sosa singled up the middle off Emeralds starter Carson Seymour to put runners on the corners. Morris drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out before Miguel Hiraldo produced a sacrifice fly to center to score Martinez.

Michael Turconi singled up the gut with one out to drive in Sosa but the inning ended when Morris got hung up between second and third and was tagged out on an inning-ending 8-4-5 play.

Vancouver got back to work in the third inning when Dasan Brown singled to right and Damiano Palmegiani was plunked in the left arm by Seymour to put the first two men on. Rainer Nuñez went up the middle for a single to score Brown to cut the Emeralds lead in half at 6-3.

Martinez loaded the bases with another single to center. Sosa then grounded out to first to score Palmegiani and move Nuñez and Martinez up 90 feet.

A Morris sac fly brought home Nuñez to make it a one-run game.

Eugene responded with a run in the top of the fourth. McCray smashed one to first that Nuñez could not handle and proceeded to steal second. A Matos grounder to second sent McCray to third before Bishop delivered a two-out single to second off Mendoza to score McCray.

The Emeralds got the final run of the game in the eighth when Bishop got another infield single to third with two outs against Matt Svanson. Bishop swiped second before crossing the plate on a Dupere double to left.

  • Vancouver Canadians Naswell Paulino
  • Vancouver Canadians Gabby Martinez
  • Vancouver Canadians Connor Cooke


C's Notes

Mendoza escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the first inning. McCray walked on four straight pitches to begin the game and Matos reached on an infield single to short. Bishop singled to left with one out to load up the bags but Mendoza struck out Dupere looking before getting Thomas to ground out to second.

After a 1-2-3 third inning, the Emeralds knocked Mendoza out of the game with two outs and one run in before Naswell Paulino entered the game. The lefthander walked Thomas after a double steal by Bishop and Dupere to load the bases but struck out Glowenke looking to prevent further damage.

Paulino plunked McCray with a pitch and walked Matos with two outs in the fifth after Morris made a diving catch on a sinking liner by Cantrelle. C’s manager Brent Lavallee came out for a visit to the mound but not to make a pitching change as there was nobody warming up in the bullpen. Paulino struck out Luciano swinging on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the inning.

Paulino’s outing ended in the sixth as he overcame a two-out walk to Thomas by striking out the side by sitting down Bishop, Dupere and Glowenke swinging.

Svanson had a 1-2-3 frame in the seventh by striking out Toribio swinging and Cantrelle looking before De Jesus speared a liner off the bat of McCray for the third out.

Connor Cooke stranded a one-out double to left by Toribio as he began and ended the frame with strikeouts of Glowenke looking and McCray swinging.

Mendoza pitched 3-2/3 innings and allowed seven runs, six unearned, on eight hits and three walks to take the loss. He struck out two and got five of his seven outs in play on the ground.

Paulino walked three batters but struck out six in 2-1/3 innings after stranding two Mendoza runners.

Svanson surrendered a run on two hits but struck out two over two shutout frames while Cooke struck out two in a one-hit ninth.

The Canadians wasted opportunities to come back in this one.

4th inning – Hiraldo banged a leadoff double off the wall in center, got to third on a Brown groundout to second with one out and Palmegiani walked with two outs but Nuñez struck out swinging.

5th inning – Martinez singled to right and De Jesus reached base on a throwing error with two outs to put runners at the corners again but Hiraldo struck out swinging after Sosa and Morris lined out to left and center respectively.

8th Inning – De Jesus singled with one out against Ty Weber but Hiraldo struck out looking and Turconi flied out to center.

9th Inning – Brown snuck a double to left past Jimmy Glowenke at third base to lead off the inning against Juan Sanchez. A one-out Nuñez single to the eight-spot put Brown at third but with pinch-runner Garrett Spain at first, Martinez struck out swinging and Sosa flied out to center as the potential tying run to end the game.

Brown, Nuñez and Martinez all had two hits and Sosa, De Jesus, Hiraldo and Turconi had one. Palmegiani walked and was hit by a pitch and Morris heard ball four once. The C’s stranded 11 men as they were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

The only good news came from Pasco, Washington as Tri-City shutout Spokane 5-0 Tuesday to reduce the Canadians magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to one. That means one more Spokane loss or Vancouver victory will put the C’s back in the postseason.

Vancouver maintains a 4-1/2 game lead over Spokane with five games left to play with a record of 66-58. Their 36-25 record in the second half leaves them three games back of Eugene for top spot.

Michael Dominguez gets the start for Vancouver Wednesday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on and MiLB.TV.

Radar Gun Rundown

Mendoza was around 78-95 miles per hour and struck out batters at 82 and 79. Paulino’s punchies at 79, 90, 79, 89, 77 and 84 and was up to 93. Svanson’s strikeouts were at 96 and 97 and was at 85 to 98. Cooke’s K’s were at 85 and 96 and was around 81 to 100.



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