The Vancouver Canadians lost to the Everett AquaSox 4-3 at Funko Field on Thursday.
The Canadians got him on, got him over and got him in to begin the game. Alan Roden jumped on a 3-1 pitch from Everett starter Juan Mercedes and doubled to center field. A ground ball in from of the plate by Martinez moved Roden to third and Rainer Nuñez drove Roden home with a single up the middle. Alex De Jesus doubled to center to get Nuñez over to third before tagging up and scoring on a Josh Kasevich sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Vancouver.
Facing his former Everett teammates for the first time, Adam Macko rang up Jonatan Clase on the strikes but Harry Ford reached on an infield single to short that Kasevich could not come up with. Alberto Rodriguez also got aboard on an infield knock to second before Tyler Locklear singled to center to drive in Ford and cut the C’s lead to 2-1. Pinch-hitter Blake Rambusch—replacing Hogan Windish—would line out to Nuñez at first for an unassisted inning-ending double play.
The AquaSox would tie the game with another one-out rally against Macko in the second. After Axel Sanchez struck out looking, Ben Ramirez drew a walk and stole second base. Walking Cabrera popped out to second but Randy Bender doubled to center field on the first pitch he saw from Macko for a double to center field to score Ramirez.
Vancouver could only get a two-out single to center in the third inning by Nuñez but Macko completed his first perfect frame in the bottom of the third, whiffing Rodriguez and Locklear to end the frame.
A two-out rally in the top of the fourth gave Vancouver the lead. Riley Tirotta doubled to center off Mercedes before Jommer Hernandez delivered a single up the middle to bring in Tirotta for the third C’s run.
After Macko struck out the side by getting Rambusch looking and Sanchez and Ramirez swinging, the C’s tried to build their lead in the fifth. Roden walked to lead off the frame before a two-out fielding Rambusch error at second on an Alex De Jesus ground ball put runners at first and third but Kasevich struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch.
Abidel Mendoza relieved Macko and overcame a two-out walk and steal of second by Clase by whiffing Cabrera and Ford to bookend the bottom of the fifth.
Sam Carlson and Medoza put up zeros with perfect sixth innings and Carlson retired the side in order in the top of the seventh.
Juan Nuñez overcame a two-out De Jesus fielding error at third with two punchouts in the seventh by whiffing Sanchez and Ramirez before getting Bendar to line out to second.
Rainer Nuñez was hit by a Tyler Driver pitch to start the top of the eighth but De Jesus forced him out on a 5-4 fielder’s choice. De Jesus was then thrown out trying to steal second by Ford before Kasevich lined out.
Conor Larkin took over on the mound for Vancouver and struck out Clase looking for the first out but Rainer Nuñez dropped a ball backing up to make a catch in foul territory on a ball hit by Ford. The next pitch, Ford blooped a single to center in front of Devonte Brown and scored on a Rodriguez double to center. Locklear then followed with a bloop hit to right to advance Rodriguez to third. The C’s could not turn a potential inning-ending double play as Rambusch made it to first on a 6-4 fielders choice to score Rodriguez for the winning run.
Michael Flynn struck out Brown and Hernández to sandwich a Tirotta flyout to right to end the game for Everett.
The C’s face the AquaSox again Friday at 7:05 p.m. Trenton Wallace is set to get the ball for Vancouver. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV with Tyler Zickel.
Vancouver announced some roster moves before Thursday’s game. Infielder Michael Turconi has been placed on the Temporarily Inactive List. Outfielder Garrett Spain has been activated off the Development as has infielder Glenn Santiago but Santiago has been reassigned to Vancouver.