Diamond Beat: Blue Jays use long ball to get one win from Mariners
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SUNDAY, AUG. 15
Blue Jays 8, Mariners 3 —Â The Blue Jays hit four home runs to salvage one win at Seattle. Kyle Seager hit his 26th home run but the Mariners missed a chance to move ahead of Toronto in the wild card race. The Mariners are off Monday before starting a road trip on Tuesday at Texas.
Eugene 4, Hillsboro 3 —Â Sean Roby's leadoff home run in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie as the Emeralds won at Ron Tonkin Field. Jorge Barrosa had two hits for the Hops, includingÂ a leadoff home run in the first inning,Â to extend a hitting streak to 10 games.
Vancouver 11, Everett 3 — Sebastian Espino hit two of Vancouver's five home runs and the Canadians had 17 hits in the win at Everett.
SATURDAY, AUG. 14
Mariners 9, Blue Jays 3 — Seattle scored seven runs over the seventh and eighth innings to beat Toronto at T-Mobile Park.
Ty France led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple off the top of the center field wall. Luis Torrens hit a three-run home run and Jarred Kelenic followed with a solos shot to knock out Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu, who at one point set down 14 consecutive Mariners.
Seattle scored three more on three hits in the eighth, with Mitch Haniger and Torrens hitting doubles.
France went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer in the first and scored three runs. Torrens was 2 for 4 with five RBIs.
The offense allowed Seattle to win despite a shaky start from Yusei Kikuchi, who struggled with his command in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked four and allowed five hits, but trailed only 3-2 when he left. From there, four Mariners relievers gave up two hits and no runs.
The Mariners (63-55) and Blue Jays (62-54) are both 4 1/2 games behind Boston for the second wild-card spot.
Eugene 11, Hillsboro 7 — At Ron Tonkin Field, the Emeralds scored seven runs over the last two innings and outhit the Hops 16-5.
Each of the first five hitters in the Hillsboro lineup had one hit, highlighted by a three-run home run in four-run Hops eighth for Andy Yerzy.
Eugene's Robert Emery went 4 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs.
Vancouver 11, Everett 6 —Â At Everett, the Canadians scored seven times in the first three innings and finished with 16 hits to beat the AquaSox.
Eight Vancouver players had hits, with Will Robertson, Spencer Horowitz and Rafael Lantigua each supplying three hits. Zac Cook homered, scored three times and knocked in three runs.
West Coast League playoffs
Corvallis 13, Ridgefield 6 — The Knights scored seven runs in the top of the third to take control of the first South Division playoff game. The best-of-3 series continues Sunday at Oregon States Goss Stadium. In the North Division, Bellingham beat Yakima Valley 14-1.
Washington 2, Lake Oswego 1 — At San Bernardino, Calif, the Washington champion won the Northwest Regional title. Both teams advance to the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Lake oswego, the Oregon champs, open the World Series at 10 a.m. PT Friday against the Pennsylvania champions (ESPN TV). With no international teams this year because of COVID-19, the two finalists from each of eight United States regions make up the 16-team field.
FRIDAY, AUG. 13
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2 —Â Seattle (62-55) picked up a game on Toronto (62-53) in walk-off fashion on Friday to open a three-game weekend series at T-Mobile Park.
Jarred Kelenic drew a four-pitch walk from Brad Hand with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force home Kyle Seager with the winning run.
With two outs in the ninth, Seager drew and Abraham Toro each a walk off of Adam Cimber and Luis Torrens hit a chopper off the top of Cimber's glove for an infield single to load the bases. Hand was not close, missing outside on four consecutive pitches to Kelenic.
It appeared Toronto had taken the lead in the top of the ninth when pinch runner was called safe after tagging up from third and appearing to elude the tag of catcher Tom Murphy. But the call was reversed on video review. Ty France made a strong play, catching a pop foul off the bat of Marcus Simien with the bases loaded and one out then making the throw to the plate.
Murphy hit a two-run home runoff of Robbie Ray in the third inning to put Seattle ahead 2-0. Toronto answered with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Chris Flexen pitched six solid innings for the Mariners, allowing six hits, striking out three and walking one. Joe Smith, Diego Castillo and Drew Steckenrider (winning pitcher) combined for three scoreless innings.
Hillsboro 7, Eugene 0 — Brandon Pfaadt threw seven strong innings, scattering three hits and striking out six as the Hops blanked the Emeralds at Ron Tonkin Field.
consecutive two-out hits from A.J. Vukuvich (double), Blaze Alexander and Nick Dalesandro in the bottom of the first plated four Hillsboro runs.
Alexander and Eduardo Diaz each later hit solo homers for the Hops.
Jorge Barrosa went 3 for 4 and scored two Hillsboro runs.
Everett 9, Vancouver 7 — The host AquaSox scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth to rally past the visiting Canadians.
With their season over, Portland players and coaches will attend Saturday's Wild Wild West League game between the Gresham Gherkins and Portland Rosebuds at Walker Stadium to mingle with fans.
Lake Oswego Little League's all-stars beat Montana 12-1 on Friday to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The Oregon champions will play the Washington champions from Eastlake Little League in Sammamish at 5 p.m. Saturday for the Northwest Regional championship (ESPN television).
THURSDAY, AUG. 12
Mariners 3, Rangers 1 — Seattle won the series against Texas at T-Mobile Park, as Marco Gonzales threw a complete-game, two-hit gem with nine strikeouts and J.P. Crawford and Jake Fraley each hit solo homers. Charlie Culberson homered for Texas.
The Mariners play Toronto in a three-game home series, Friday-Sunday.
Canadians 13, AquaSox 12 — Vancouver won the slugfest at Everett.
Luis De Los Santos went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. Spencer Horwitz also homered, drove in four runs and scored two runs. Cade Marlowe hit a grand slam for Everett.
Emeralds 11, Hops 6 — Eugene scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning for the win over Hillsboro at Ron Tonkin Field.
Eugene's Tyler Fitzgerald went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored —Â he hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th. Two teammates also homered as part of a 14-hit attack.
Tristin English hit a two-run homer and Eduardo Diaz a solo shot for Hillsboro.
Lefties 7, Pickles 2 — A win would have put Portland into the West Coast League playoffs. Instead, the Pickles season came to an end.
Ridgefield won a three-team tiebreaker for the second South Division playoff berth on the final day of the regular season. The Pickles, Raptors and Bend Elks each finished 26-22 overall, behind South Division champion Corvallis (37-11). Ridgefield went 9-3 combined against the Pickles and Elks to win the tiebreaker.
On Thursday, five Port Angeles pitchers limited the visiting Pickles to four singles. The Lefties scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead and added three runs in the seventh.
Gabe Skoro was 1 for 3 and reached base three times and scored a run for Portland. Durham Sundberg was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11
Mariners 2, Rangers 1 — Luis Torrens hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring Jarred Kelenic, who had doubled, as Seattle beat Texas at T-Mobile Park.
Kelenic's walk with the bases loaded earlier plated the first run.
Tyler Anderson started his first game at home since being acquired by the Mariners, going 5 2/3 innings, giving six hits and one run, while striking out four and walking none.
Hops 10, Emeralds 6 — Hillsboro topped Eugene at T-Mobile Park.
Cam Coursey went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Eduardo Diaz and Blaze Alexander hit solo homers.
Canadians 10, AquaSox 4 — Vancouver won at Everett. Philip Clarke went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Sebastian Espino had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored and Orelvis Martinez hit a solo homer.
Pickles 5, Lefties 3, 15 innings — Portland kept its West Coast League playoff hopes alive at Port Angeles. Jacob Jablonski hit a two-run homer in the 15th inning, followed by an RBI single by Daniel Hirose.
TUESDAY, AUG. 10
Rangers 5, Mariners 4, 10 innings — Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Yonny Hernandez had RBI singles in the top of the 10th inning as Texas held off Seattle at T-Mobile Park.
Ty France's RBI single brought Seattle within 5-4 in the bottom of the inning, but Jarred Kelenic grounded out to end the game.
Adolis Garcia gave Texas a 3-2 lead with a home run in the ninth inning, but Seattle tied it on a bases-loaded walk.
Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger each hit solo homers.
Hillsboro 3, Emeralds 2 — Tristin English won it for Hillsboro over Eugene with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning at Ron Tonkin Field.
Eduardo Diaz homered for the Hops. Franklin Labour hit a two-run homer for Eugene. Hillsboro pitching held Eugene hitters to three hits.
AquaSox 11, Canadians 6 — Host Everett scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and beat Vancouver.
All but one hitter had a hit for the Canadians; Will Robertson had two hits and two runs scored. Jake Anchia hit a three-run homer for Everett.
Pickles 7, Lefties 0 — Portland won at Port Angeles to stay alive in the pursuit for the West Coast League playoffs. Jacob Maiben had two hits and two runs scored and Jacob Jablonski drove in two runs.
Portland pitching allowed only three hits. Ian Lawson allowed no hits in six innings while striking out eight, but he walked five batters.
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