Three-way tie persists atop High-A West standings
It may be only a temporary home, but the Vancouver Canadians have been domiciled at Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field for a few weeks running now, and they're sticking around through one more week, too.
The Canadians opened a homestand at Ron Tonkin Field — their first in their new digs, as the British Columbia-based team is playing its 2021 home games in Hillsboro due to pandemic-related travel restrictions — on May 11. They played as the "away" team the following week, winning the first of four scheduled series at Ron Tonkin Field against their stadium-mates, the Hillsboro Hops, and then hosted the Everett AquaSox from May 25-30.
This week, they host the Eugene Emeralds in a series set to start Tuesday, June 1.
The Canadians bounced back from losing the first two games against Everett, winning the next two and then splitting Saturday and Sunday's games. They salvaged an even split of the six-game set by winning 2-1 on Sunday, May 30.
Sunday's game was a true pitchers' duel, with only four men appearing on the mound between the two teams and starters Paxton Schultz for Vancouver and Juan Then for Everett each turning in six shutout innings.
The AquaSox drew first blood in the top of the seventh inning, as first baseman Connor Hoover lofted a sacrifice fly off Vancouver reliever Hagen Danner, a hard-throwing converted catcher whose 2021 appearances to date have all been as a pitcher.
But the Canadians quickly answered back, leveling the game on an RBI single by designated hitter Sebastian Espino in the bottom of the seventh. That pinned a blown save on Everett reliever Isaiah Campbell, who nonetheless went the rest of the way until shortstop Luis De Los Santos sent the modestly sized announced crowd of 441 home happy with a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
The series split did nothing to settle the deadlock between the AquaSox and the Canadians atop the High-A West leaderboard. Both teams have a 15-9 record entering this week's series, still tied with the Eugene Emeralds for first in the league.
Playing on the road this past week, the Hops split their six-game series against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Their record after that series stands at 10-14, good for fourth place in the league, as they continue their roadtrip in Everett.
Series in review
May 25: Everett 5, Vancouver 3
May 26: Everett 7, Vancouver 3
May 27: Everett 4, Vancouver 5
May 28: Everett 0, Vancouver 3
May 29: Everett 9, Vancouver 1
May 30: Everett 1, Vancouver 2
P Nick Fraze — struck out seven AquaSox while allowing just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings, leading his team to victory on Friday night.
P Luis Quiñones — made his first appearance of the season with a five-inning start Thursday night, striking out five while allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks.
P Paxton Schultz — continued his dominance with eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings on Sunday, giving up three hits and two walks.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.