The Vancouver Canadians lost to the Eugene Emeralds 9-7 in 10 innings in Game 3 of the Northwest League Championship Series at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday to win the best-of-five series 3-0.
The C’s scored the game’s first run with a two-out rally in the fourth inning against Nick Zwack. Miguel Hiraldo singled to left on a 2-2 pitch from Nick Zwack and went to second on an Andy Thomas passed ball. Michael Turconi singled to left and a bobble from Damon Dues allowed Hiraldo to score after C’s manager Brent Lavallee threw up the stop sign from the third base coaching box. Alex De Jesus then doubled to left and Turconi was waved around by Lavallee and he scored safely with a headfirst dive to make it 2-0 Vancouver.
The Emeralds rallied in the top of the fifth against Dallas. A one-out throwing error by Damiano Palmegiani whose throw from third was too high for Morris and that allowed Thomas to reach first base. Jimmy Glowenke then blooped a single to center and Luis Toribio followed by launching a three-run home run over the center field wall to take the lead at 3-2.
The Canadians fought back in the bottom off the fifth. Dasan Brown grinded out a 12-pitch at-bat against Zwack before belting a triple of the wall in left-center just out of the reach of a leaping Dues. Brooks Crawford took over on the mound for Eugene and yielded a sacrifice fly by Andres Sosa that allowed Brown to score and tie the game at 3-3.
Paulino walked Toribio and Dues to start the seventh and hit Hayden Cantrelle with a pitch to load the bases. T.J. Brock entered the game and struck out Grant McCray but Luis Matos lifted a 1-2 pitch for a sacrifice fly to right to score Toribio for the go-ahead run.
Hiraldo opened the eighth with a leadoff walk against Nick Morreale and Turconi blooped a single to left. A wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet and De Jesus lifted a sac fly to center to score Hiraldo with the tying run. Garrett Spain then lined a base hit to left to score Turconi to give Vancouver a 5-4 lead. Andrés Sosa then visited the gap in right-center to score Spain to make it 6-4.
The Emeralds chased Mason Fluharty from the game when Toribio doubled to center to start the ninth. Connor Cooke struck out Dues but Cantrelle walked and McCray homered to right for a three-run shot to put Eugene ahead.
The C’s battled back in the bottom of the ninth against Juan Sanchez. An infield single to second by P.K. Morris opened the inning and Gabby Martinez doubled to left-center to score pinch-runner Glenn Santiago all the way from first. Marco Luciano got the cut-off throw at short but double-clutched before throwing, giving Santiago enough time to slide in safely at first.
The Emeralds won it when Glowenke homered to left-center off Cooke to score the placed runner Luciano with two outs in the 10th.
Dallas had a 1-2-3 inning to start the first by striking out McCray and Luciano and getting Matos on a grounder to short when De Jesus charged in and made a strong throw.
It was another perfect inning for Dallas in the fourth who struck McCray and Luciano to bookend the frame. Luciano hit a tape measure shot just foul down the left field line before swinging and missing for strike three.
After Dallas allowed a one-out base hit to left by Luciano, he was relieved by Paulino and he stranded Luciano and a two-out walk to Thomas by getting Glowenke to ground out into a fielder’s choice to third in which Palmegiani ran to the bag for the final out.
Dallas gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over 5-1/3 innings and struck out seven. Paulino stranded a runner for Dallas but gave up a run on three walks and a hit by pitch. Brock allowed one of three Paulino runners but struck out one as he retired all three hitters he faced. Fluharty gave up a run on a hit and struck out two over one-plus innings. Cooke blew the save took the loss as he coughed up four runs (three earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out five over two innings.
Sosa was the first C’s base runner with a first inning walk with one out but Palmegiani and Morris struck out looking against Zwack.
Martinez had the first hit of the night when he sent one back up the middle and went off Zwack’s back to start the second.
Bishop smoked a double off the wall to start the second off Dallas but Spain unreleased a strong throw to third that was just offline but Palmegiani dove and tagged out Bishop who overslid the bag. Dallas whiffed Glowenke looking to face the minimum.
Spain was robbed of an infield single when he appeared to beat out an infield tapper to begin the third inning. Brown followed with an opposite field base hit to right field. He stole second and got to third on a swinging bunt from Sosa but Palmegiani popped out to first for the third out.
Palmegiani and Morris drew a pair of one-out walks in the fifth after Sosa’s sac fly but Martinez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Brown singled to left over the head of Luciano at short to start the seventh inning against Ty Weber. Sosa’s chopper to the mound got Brown over to second. Palmegiani lined one just foul of the left field foul pole but later drew a walk. Morris struck out swinging and Martinez grounded out to second.
Great job by the security guard for leaving the chair in left field foul territory that Martinez nearly ran into while trying to chase down a foul ball in the seventh. Take the chair with you!!
The C’s could not get Martinez in from second after his RBI double in the ninth. Turconi drew a one-out walk but De Jesus flied out to right and Spain grounded out to second.
With Spain at second to start the 10th, Brown grounded out to short, Sosa struck out swinging and Palmegiani flew out to right against Tyler Myrick to end the game and the season.
Brown had three hits and stole a base and Turconi reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Martinez and De Jesus also had two hits apiece with De Jesus swiping a bag. Sosa, Morris and Hiraldo had a hit and a walk while Spain singled and stole a base.
Five former Vancouver Canadians will be playing in the Arizona Fall League as the Toronto Blue Jays representatives.
- 2019 and 2021 infielder Tanner Morris
- 2021 pitcher Hagen Danner
- 2022 infielder Addison Barger
- 2022 catcher/outfielder Zach Britton
- 2022 pitcher Hunter Gregory
Those five will be playing for the Salt River Rafters. 2017 C’s second baseman Samad Taylor will represent the Kansas City Royals in the AFL. He was sent to the Royals by the Blue Jays in the Whit Merrifield deal at the August 2 MLB trade deadline.
This is the final game recap of the season. Before rolling the credits on the season, thanks a million to the many folks who helped me out this season.
Stephanie Williams and Mary Heidecke for their steady hands at the till during our game presentation.
Joseph Anctil, Andy Scheier and the many talented people on the TV broadcast crew for bringing the games to life on MiLB.TV.
K.P. Wee and Tim Havas for keeping me on track with batting orders and pitching changes.
Mike Hanafin for providing the inning-ending recaps and scoring decisions.
DJs J-Swing, Take Two, Kemo and Sincro for spinning the tunes and being my wingmen in the press box.
Also a huge thanks a million to the Vancouver Canadians organization including general manager Allan Bailey and assistant general manager Stephani Ellis, marketing services coordinator Kendra Chin, vice-president of sales and marketing Walter Cosman and executive vice-president Tom Backemeyer.
Thanks a million to the ownership group of Jake Kerr, Jeff Mooney and Andy Dunn for the successful return of baseball at the Nat.
Thanks to the ushers, the concession workers, the interns, the sushi racers and all the behind-the-scenes people that make the Game Day operation a smooth one.
Thanks to all the players and coaching staff for a memorable season and for allowing me to interview them throughout the season.
Last but not least, I want to thank C’s broadcaster Tyler Zickel for his support of the blog and for arranging the record-setting number of interviews I was able to do with the 2022 Vancouver Canadians. Thanks a million for everything and now you get a well-deserved break for me.
There will be more C’s Chats in the coming weeks and months. Thanks a million for being here and have a great offseason.
Radar Gun Rundown
Dallas was around 81=97 miles per hour had strikeouts of 85, 85, 85, 87, 84 and 85. Paulino was around 77-94. Brock had a strikeout at 88 and was up to 96. Fluharty had K’s of 81 and 90. Cook had strikeouts of 97, 85, 86 and 86 and was up to 98.