(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - A 13-hit outburst from a new-look Vancouver Canadians offensive powered them to a convincing 8-1 victory over Spokane in the rubber-match of a three-game series down at Avista Stadium. The victory keeps Vancouver in a tie for top spot in the North Division of the Northwest League.
Three different Canadians players recorded multi-hit games with CF Lance Jones going 3-for-6 in his Vancouver debut as the native of Shreveport, LA collected four RBI and a double to help pace the C's. 3B Bryan Lizardo (3-for-5) and C Andres Sotillo (2-for-5) also contributed with Lizardo also smacking his first double of the summer in the victory.
On the mound, Vancouver got five strong innings from LHP Juliandry Higuera (1-0) who struck out three, walked three and allowed seven hits before giving way to the bullpen. The quartet of LHP Dan Lietz (1.0IP); LHP Evan Smith (1.0IP); RHP Jackson McClelland (1.0IP) and RHP Mike Estevez (1.0IP) all recorded scoreless innings on Sunday with McClelland striking out three of the four batters he faced.
With the win, Vancouver improves to 2-1 (.667) on the young Northwest League season while the Indians fall to 1-2 (.333).
On Saturday, manager John Tamargo Jr. also announced that RHP Patrick Murphy will get the start for the Canadians home opener set for tomorrow, Monday, June 20th at 7:05pm with that game already SOLD OUT.
Monday's home opener is just the first of an eight-game home stand that sees Everett travel to Scotiabank Field (June 20-22) followed by Hillsboro (June 23-27). Tickets are available 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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