(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - After having Game One of the 2017 Northwest League Playoffs delayed by a day due to poor air quality conditions in Spokane, WA, Canadians SS Logan Warmoth hit a two-run home run in the top of the 8th inning to give Vancouver a 2-1 victory over Spokane on Wednesday night.
The game was re-located to Vancouver but still allowed for the Indians to play as the 'home' team giving them the game's final at-bats which almost proved costly for the Canadians who after taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning, saw closer RHP William Ouellette struggle allowing a run and putting two more on-base before getting Spokane C Matt Whatley to ground out, ending the game.
Vancouver Canadians starter RHP Nate Pearson dominated over his four-innings striking out 10 Indians hitters while allowing just one hit, walking four. Pearson escaped trouble in the bottom of the 4th when he walked the bases-loaded on twelve (12) pitches before getting CF Miguel Aparicio to ground out leaving all three Indians on-base.
The Canadians ended the night with 15 strikeouts and saw their consecutive scoreless innings streak end at 40 2/3 when Ouellette allowed the lone run in the 9th inning. The streak started on August 30th in the 5th inning against Boise.
With the win, Vancouver moves to within one game of clinching a spot in the Northwest League Championship Series which is set for September 9th through 13th (subject to change without notice). The Canadians move to 10-3 (.769) this season vs. Spokane and 6-1 (.857) out at historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Canadians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 2
Spokane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
WP: Bergen (1-0)
LP: Kuzia (0-1)
Sv: Ouellette (1)
Time: 2 Hours 42 Minutes
Game Two is set for Thursday, September 7th at 7:05pm with LHP Zach Logue (4-1, 1.47) opposite Northwest League All-Star LHP Cole Ragans (3-2, 3.61) as the Canadians return to being the home team out at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Game 3 (if necessary) will be played on Friday, September 8th at 7:05pm with both teams reserving the right to name a starter as of tonight's result.
Tickets to Vancouver Canadians Playoff Baseball, presented by Scotiabank, are on-sale now 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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