August 14 Vancouver- After 13 long days away, the Vancouver Canadians returned home to the friendly confines of Nat Bailey Stadium where they looked to continue their strong road form and extend their four game winning streak to five. Despite some magnificent fielding and a stellar performance from LHP Elio Silva, the C’s fell 4-1 to the Tri-City Dust-Devils.
Defense was the theme of the day, and both starting pitchers were magnificent in their six innings of work. Henry Henry was strong for tri-cities in his five strikeout outing, and Elio Silva only allowed one hit for Vancouver.
Vancouver opened the scoring in the third inning after the first two innings were dominated by defense. Otto Lopez’s lead off triple would score the Canadians only run of the day once a sacrifice fly was hit by Tanner Kirwer for his 17th RBI of the season.
The lead did not last long for Vancouver, as Dust Devils RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton hammered Silva’s pitch over the left field wall to tie the game up. After the quick bout of offense, the game returned to the stalemate which it had shown in the first two innings.
Reliever Denis Diaz came into the game for Vancouver at the top of the seventh and immediately struggled to keep up with the Devil’s bats. The C’s managed to come out of the seventh unscathed, but were unable to do the same in the 8th.
Diaz began the inning by walking Kelvin Alarcon, and allowing a base hit from Tre Carter. Alarcon would steal third, followed by Diaz walking yet another batter to load the bases with only one out on the board. Diaz’s night came to an abrupt end after this when Vancouver manager Dallas McPherson went to his bullpen to bring in Connor Law in an effort to rescue the game. What followed the change was a series of events that had many in the stadium confused. Devil’s SS Marcano grounded to third but his drive was too strong for Podkul to handle, forcing an error from the C’s which allowed runners to advance for the Devils scoring one run. After the initial panic, the Canadians tried to chase down Marcano between first and second; while this was happening Xavier Edwards broke for home from third base to score the third run in the series of unfortunate events for the home side. The score would be 4-1 at the end of 8 innings.
Jordan Guerrero would come to the mound to close the game for the Devils as Tri-Cities snapped Vancouver’s win streak at four games. Despite the loss, the Canadians remain first in the north division, although things became closer with Spokane’s victory over Everett. Heading into the second game with the Devil’s the C’s now only hold a one game lead atop the division.
First pitch for wednesday is scheduled for 7:05 at Nat Bailey Stadium.