Canadians fall 4-2 in Eugene; suffer first loss of season

After two nights of being stymied by Vancouver pitching, it was the Emeralds who gave the C's a taste of their own medicine

(Register Guard - Eugene, OR)

By Rob Fai / Vancouver Canadians | June 18, 2017 3:45 AM ET

(PK Park - Eugene, OR) - After leading for the first 23 innings of the season, Vancouver finally ran into some quality pitching as three Eugene pitchers slammed the door of the Canadians offense to help the Emeralds grab a 4-2 victory, their first of the young Northwest League season.

Vancouver opened the scoring in the top of the 1st inning with C Owen Spiwak hitting a two-run double that scored both CF Reggie Pruitt (double) and LF Chavez Young (hit by pitch) to give the Canadians an early lead. Those two runs would be the only ones of the night for the undefeated Canadians. 

Eugene's offense would finally get to the Vancouver pitching after being shutout for fifteen consecutive innings as RHP Kyle Weatherly allowed three runs, one earned, as a two-run double off the bat of DH Gustavo Polanco scored both 3B Rafael Narea (error) and 1B Miguel Amaya (single) to even the game up. Polanco would score minutes later on a base-hit from 2B Jhonny Bethencourt giving Eugene their first lead of the 2017 season after trailing for the first 23 innings.

The Emeralds would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th inning, but Vancouver had little pushback as starter RHP Bailey Clark was solid despite his 1st inning woes and the bullpen combination of LHP Yapson Gomez (3.1IP) and RHP Michael Knighton (2.0IP) were outstanding limiting the Canadians to one hit over the game's final 5 2/3 innings.

Notes:  Canadians SS Kevin Vicuna committed three (3) errors on Saturday night and has four over his first three games of the season…  The Canadians at one point in the game had 15 consecutive hitters retired in order. Vancouver moves back into a tie for top spot in the North Division after Tri-City was victorious in Salem-Keizer, OR.

With the loss, Vancouver falls to 2-1 (.667) on the season while the defending Northwest League Champions improve to 1-2 (.333). These two teams will play at 1:05pm on Sunday, June 18th out at PK Park with RHP Dany Jimenez (0-0, 0.00) getting the ball opposite RHP Enrique De Los Rios (0-0, 0.00).

Vancouver returns to Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:05pm to open up a six-game homestand against the Everett Aquasox (June 20-22) and Spokane Indians (June 23-25) with tickets available at www.canadiansbaseball.com, by calling 604.872.5232 or by visiting the Nat Bailey Stadium Box Office at 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver, B.C.

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