Gm 24: Canadians comeback falls short in 9th inning vs. Everett

Vancouver brings winning run to plate in bottom of the 9th but can't find knockout punch; fall 6-4 to Everett

By Rob Fai / Vancouver Canadians | July 8, 2019 1:00 AM

(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - On the heels of pounding out a season-high 22 hits down in Salem-Keizer, the Canadians offense sputtered early but found its rhythm late almost erasing a four-run deficit to the Everett Aquasox on Sunday afternoon out at Nat Bailey Stadium. The 6-4 loss to the Mariners affiliate dropped Vancouver's record to 6-18 (.250) with 14 first-half games remaining.

Both starters on Sunday were sharp with Canadians RHP Nick Fraze going three scoreless innings allowing three harmless hits in his fifth appearance of the season. Everett counter with RHP Evn Johnson who went four scoreless innings before passing off the ball to an Aquasox bullpen that didn't allow a run through the first seven frames.

Vancouver RHP Alex Nolan pitched four innings of six hit baseball allowing three runs that including Carter Bins 3rd home run of the season in the top of the 4th inning. Nolan would allow a pair of runs in the 4th and another in the 5th inning taking his first professional loss as a result.

The Canadians would fall behind by four before the offense finally gained some traction in the 8th inning as 3B Davis Schneider smacked an RBI single with the bases loaded followed by CF Adrian Ramos who drew a walk with the bases loaded off Everett reliever RHP Garrett Westberg to cut the Aquasox lead to 4-2.

After Everett recaptured its four-run cushion in the top of the 9th, Vancouver continued to fight right through the 27th and final out as RF William Robertson and Schneider hit RBI doubles to bring the score to 6-4 with two out. With C Brett Wright (hit by pitch) and Schneider (double) on-base, the Canadians had a chance to walk off the Aquasox, but reliever RHP Travis Kuhn got CF Adrian Ramos to fly out to left field to end the game with the tying run out at second base and the winning run in the batter's box.

With the loss, Vancouver falls to a Northwest League worst 6-18 (.250) while the Aquasox (12-12) remain two games back of North Division leading Spokane with 14 first-half games remaining.

Vancouver will play game two of this brief three-game series out at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on Monday, July 8th at 7:05pm with former Toronto Blue Jays star Vernon Wells heading out to the ballpark as part of the 2019 Superstar Series presented by FortisBC.  

Tickets to Vancouver Canadians Baseball can be purchased by calling 604.872.5232, online at www.canadiansbaseball.com or by visiting the Nat Bailey Stadium Box Office at 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver, B.C.

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