The Vancouver Canadians downed the Hillsboro Hops 8-1 at Ron Tonkin Field on Tuesday.

Alan Roden was put in the leadoff spot and he singled to center field for the game’s first hit against Hops starter Yilber Diaz. A balk by Diaz put Roden into scoring position and he came home when Rainer Nuñez singled to left with two-outs. Gabby Martinez blooped a single to right to get Nuñez over to third and they would score when Alex De Jesus singled to right. The ball bounced over the head of Hops right fielder Jarrod Watkins who knocked it back with his glove all the way to the fence. He did not get a lot of mustard on his throw back to the infield and that allowed not only Nuñez and Martinez to score, De Jesus was able to motor around all the way home for a little league home run to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead.

Vancouver starter Michael Dominguez faced the minimum of three batters in the first inning. Wilderd Patiño grounded out to second for the first out before S.P. Chen drew a walk and took off trying to steal second but the inning ended when Jesus Valdez did not get out of the way of C’s catcher Jommer Hernández. As a result, Valdez was called for batter interference as part of an inning-ending double play.

The C’s got another run in the second when Garrett Spain got a hold of one for his first home run of the year over the right field fence. One out later, Roden got on base again when his ground ball clanked off the glove of Hops first baseman Shane Muntz into right field and Roden was able to hustle into second base on the error. However, Roden would be left in scoring position.

Cade Doughty tried to throw out former Blue Jays farmhand J.J. D’Orazio on a roller at third by barehanding it but his throw to first sailed into the seats for an error to give D’Orazio second base. Dominguez struck out Muntez looking but was then called for a pitch clock violation on ball four to Gavin Logan to put two runners on. Watkins struck out swinging for the second out. D’Orazio beat the throw from Hernández to executive the front half of a double steal with Logan but Dominguez whiffed Joshua Day to get out of the frame.

The C’s scored again in the top of the third when Nuñez lined a single to left and Martinez tripled to right-center out of the reach of a diving Patiño to up the Vancouver advantage to 6-0.

It was another three-batter inning for Dominguez in the bottom of the third. He walked Jacen Roberson on four pitches but struck out Patino for the first out. Hernández then threw out Roberson trying to swipe second before Dominguez got Chen swinging for the third out.

Valdez singled to center on Dominguez’s first pitch in the bottom of the fourth but D’Orazio struck out swinging. Muntz grounded too short but the Hops stayed out of the double play by starting Watkins at first. Valdez stole third base and Logan worked the count to ball four. Watkins hit a sinking liner to right but Roden made a diving catch in right field to turn Hillsboro away.

José Alcantara relieved Diaz for Hillsboro in the top of the fifth inning and he was betrayed by his defence as Valdez booted the ball at third on a Cade Doughty ground ball to allow the former LSU Tiger to get to first. Doughty would score when Nuñez banged a ball off the right field fence for a stand-up triple to provide the C’s with a 7-0 lead. De Jesus put the ball in play with a bouncer to third to score Nuñez with run number eight. Turconi legged out an infield single to short before the inning ended.

Dominguez had his first spotless frame in the fifth that featured his eighth strikeout of the night when he retired Roberson on three straight pitches.

Roden had a one-out single to right in the sixth and went to second on an Alcantara wild pitch with two outs.

Abdiel Mendoza was given a rude welcome to the game when his first pitch in the top of the sixth was taken up the middle for a base hit by Chen. Valdez struck out swinging but a wild pitch allowed Chen to get to second. Chen got to third on a grounder to the right side of the infield by D’Orzaio but Mendoza got Muntz to fly out to center.

Zach Barnes pitched the sixth for Hillsboro and yielded an opposite-field single to right by Nuñez. A 5-4-3 double play by Martinez cleared the bases before De Jesus hit a triple over the head of Roberson in left field but the C’s came up empty.

Mendoza struck out Logan looking and got two quick outs before walking Day and Roberson.on eight consecutive pitches. Hernández had an animated chat with Mendoza on the mound not too long after receiving nine straight pitches out of the strike zone at one point. The inning ended on an unassisted force out at third as Doughty stepped on the bag after fielding a ground ball from Patiño.

Spain singled to center and Hernández was hit by a pitch on the hand by Alcantara to begin the top of the eighth. A fly ball to right by Roden moved Spain to third base but Barnes kept the Hops deficit at eight.

Justin Kelly relieved Mendoza in the eighth and induced a 5-4-3 double play from Valdez to nullify a Chen leadoff walk. A two-out free pass to D’Orazio, a throwing error by De Jesus at short that handcuffed Nuñez at first and a base hit by Logan to center allowed D’Orazio to score Hillsboro’s first run. Kelly would strike out Watkins on three pitches to get out of the inning.

Levi Kelly walked Nuñez to cap off a 4-for-4 night for the Vancouver first baseman but Chen robbed Martinez with a diving catch in shallow right field from his second base position to help turn the C’s back.

Devereaux Harrison walked Patiño with two outs but struck out Chen swinging to finish things off for the C’s in the ninth.

C-Notes

C's Notes

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Canadians announced that righthander Juan Nuñez was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire and 2022 righty Matt Svanson rejoined the club after beginning the season on the injured list. Svanson takes over Nuñez’s number 41.

The Canadians and Hops square off again on Wednesday. Chad Dallas will be on the mound for Vancouver in a 6:35 p.m. start. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.

Adam Macko and Trenton Wallace are listed as Vancouver’s probable starters for Thursday and Friday.

In the press notes compiled by Canadians broadcaster Tyler Zickel, the walk-off home run by Alex De Jesus against Eugene on Sunday was the first walk-off homer by the C’s since May 21, 2022 when Zach Britton homered against the Tri-City Dust Devils. P.K. Morris had the other walk-off jack against Everett on May 6 of last year.

Also of note, the Canadians defence was not charged with an error during their six-game homestand against the Emeralds. That’s the first time they have done that in their High-A history. The C’s led the Northwest League with a .981 fielding percentage heading into Tuesday’s action. The C’s did make two miscues on Tuesday.

The April leaders offensively for Vancouver was Alan Roden with a .286 batting average with nine runs batted in. Riley Tirotta had a team-best 11 hits and four stolen bases while Cade Doughty has the lead in home runs with three.

On the pitching front, T.J. Brock has three wins and is tied with Justin Kelly in the saves department with one save each. Trenton Wallace is tops on the team with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP while Chad Dallas has a team-high 22 strikeouts.

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