Canadians Take Series With Third Straight Win

Vancouver takes season series from Hops with 7-4 Sunday.

By Matt Richert / Hillsboro Hops | August 5, 2018 10:33 PM

When Jake Brodt walks into a bar, his first words must be, "Make mine a double."

Brodt drove in the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning with a two-run double, his seventh of the series and McGregory Contreras hit a 2-RBI triple in a three-run second inning and added an RBI double in the sixth as Vancouver (8-5 second half, 27-24 overall) defeated Hillsboro 7-4 at Ron Tonkin Field Sunday.

 

The visiting Canadians strung together multiple hits in two big innings and outhit the Hops 12-3 to take the five-game series three games to two. For the season, the Canadians, the defending Northwest League champions, went 6-4 against Hillsboro (7-6, 31-20).

The Hops tied the game in their half of the first on a three-run home run to right field by Will Gorman, his second three-run homer of the series. The first one won the game for the Hops in the bottom of the ninth inning of the series opener on Thursday.

Hillsboro added one unearned run in the fifth inning when Gorman reached on a dropped fly ball in left and scored from third when a pickoff throw glanced off the glove of first baseman Brodt. That gave Hillsboro a 4-3 lead.

Vancouver starting pitcher Elio Silva (3-2) allowed two hits over five innings with two strikeouts and two bases on balls. Only two of the four runs allowed were earned.

Vancouver would respond with three straight hits off Hops' reliever Kenny Hernandez (3-3) to lead off the sixth, as Brodt plated Otto Lopez and Bryan Lizardo with his eighth hit and seventh double of the series, giving the former Santa Clara Bronco 11 on the season to lead the team. Brodt later scored on Contreras' double to make it 6-4 Canadians. Brodt also singled and scored in Vancouver's three-run second inning, extending a hitting streak to 11 games.

The Canadians added a run on a double steal in the seventh with Lopez swiping home as the Hops threw down to second base to try and get Lizardo. Lopez broke out of an 0-14 slump to go 8-for-21 in the series with six runs, two double, a homer and six runs batted in. The 19-year-old second-year pro from Santiago, Dominican Republic played second base, shortstop, left field and center field during the course of the series. 

Connor Law pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his third save of the season for Vancouver.

Jake McCarthy went 0-for-2 with two walks, ending a six-game hitting streak. Ryan Tufts extended his current hitting streak to six games, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.

The Hops will have three days off for the NWL-Pioneer League All-Star game, which takes place Tuesday in Grand Junction. Andy Yerzy will represent the Hops as the designated hitter and Josh Green also earned an All-Star nod as a relief pitcher.

Following the break, Hillsboro heads out on an 11-game road trip, starting with five games at Tri-City. All five games will start at 7:15 p.m. with pregame airtime at 7:05 p.m. Thursday on NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 AM and ripcityradio.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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