(Ron Tonkin Field - Hillsboro, OR) - The second Canadians CF Reggie Pruitt hit a line drive toward the centerfield fence in the top of the 3rd inning, Hillsboro centerfielder Tra Holmes had to have realized he was playing far too shallow as he simply put his head down and started running toward the wall. By the time he picked the ball up and tried to get in back toward the infield, Pruitt was flying around third base en route to recording an inside-the-park home run that proved to be the winning run on Friday night as the Canadians topped Hillsboro 4-2 to snap a six-game losing streak against their South Division rivals.
Vancouver, coming off of a heartbreaking 9-8 loss in extra innings a night before got exactly what they needed as CF Reggie Pruitt (2-for-4) and DH Kacy Clemens (2-for-3) both had multi-hit nights for the Canadians with Clemens hitting his 8th double of the season, collecting his team-leading 30th RBI of the summer.
Canadians starter RHP Zach Logue went three sharp innings scattering four hits and allowing a lone run as RHP Justin Dillon managed the win, his first as a Canadian, with two innings of scoreless baseball allowing two hits. RHP Angel Alicea went two innings allowing a run on two hits before handing the ball off to Northwest League All-Star RHP Orlando Pascual who retired all six hitters he faced in the 8th and 9th inning, striking out the final three Hops in order (CF Tra Holmes, 2B Ryan Dobson & LF Jorge Perez).
The win improves the Canadians to 4-5 (.444) on the NWL second half while the loss drops Hillsboro back to 5-4 (.555) through nine games. Vancouver makes up a game on both North Division leading Spokane and Everett who both fell on Friday night respectively.
Vancouver gets right back to it on Saturday night at 5:03pm as RHP Juan Nunez (2-4, 6.55) goes to the mound opposite Hops RHP Brian Shaffer (0-0, 5.14) with the call heard at www.canadiansbaseball.com.
Vancouver Canadians Baseball returns to historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:05pm as they open an eight-game homestand vs. Tri-City (August 8-10) and Salem-Keizer (August 11-15) with tickets available right here at www.canadiansbaseball.com
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