Canadians take Rubber Match in Hillsboro

Jhoan Duran makes his return to Ron Tonkin Field

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By Kyle Lussier | August 8, 2017 1:30 AM ET

The Canadians took three out of five games with Hillsboro to close out the series in a match up of two first half champions.

 

Led by catcher Matt Morgan's career night at the plate, the Canadians would get revenge on Hillsboro for the Hops sweeping Vancouver at home.

 

The return of Arizona's #23 prospect Jhoan Duran was spoiled by a recently lively Vancouver offense. Duran showed flashes of the talent that makes him such a highly touted arm. Over four innings of work Duran punched out three and topped out at 96 miles an hour, displaying his elite arm action.

 

Hillsboro and Vancouver traded runs in the third inning, when Logan Warmoth, Sunday's hero, singled in catcher Matt Morgan. Kacy Clemens drove in a run on a fielder's choice to make it 2-0 Canadians. In the bottom of the third inning, Ryan Dobson doubled to left, scoring Camden Duzenack. Pavin Smith garnered the first of his two RBIs on a groundball to deep second base, scoring Dobson.

 

Morgan, hitting just .100 over his last ten games, exploded with a triple in the top of the fourth to ignite a four-run top of the fourth inning for the Canadians. Vancouver extended their lead on a Deiferson Barreto single, driving in Clemens.

 

There was life in the Hillsboro offense in the bottom of the fifth, where they would score three runs on doubles by Smith and Varsho to cut the lead back to 7-5.

 

Luis Castillo threw three innings of three hit, one run relief, bringing his ERA to 2.42. Breckin Williams replaced Castillo and he surrendered his first runs of the year while striking out one. Warmoth was back at it again with a two run bloop single into right to extend the lead to four.

 

With one out in the eighth outfielder Tra Holmes smacked his second double of the game and came around to score on a Ryan Tufts sacrifice fly making it 10-6.

 

The Hops are back in action Tuesday night in game six of an eight game home stand. They will take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in an important South Division series.  

 

Catch the game on MiLB.tv and Rip City Radio 620 AM, first pitch at 7:05 pm and pregame show begins at 6:35 pm. 

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

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