Diamond Beat: Vancouver wins Sunday, but Hops take series
Taking a look at a week's worth of baseball:
SUNDAY, JULY 18
Mariners 7, Angels 4 — Ty France hit a three-run homer and Luis Torrens hit a solo shot as Seattle (50-44) won a series at Los Angeles Angels. France went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Shohei Ohtani hit his 34th home run, a two-run shot, for the Angels.
After an off day Monday, the Mariners play two games at Colorado.
Canadians 6, Hops 4 — Vancouver (32-34) won the final game of a six-game series with Hillsboro (28-36).
Eric Rivera had two hits and two RBIs for Vancouver. Spencer Brickhouse homered for Hillsboro.
The Hops won four of the six games.
The Hops play at Eugene, Tuesday-Sunday, July 20-25. The Canadians, still playing in Hillsboro because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Canada, play host to Everett, Tuesday-Sunday.
Knights 3, Pickles 2 — At Corvallis, the home team (25-8) took two out of thee games against Portland (18-12). Brock Townsend allowed seven hits and one run in six innings for Corvallis.
The Pickles play at Cowlitz, Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, and the against local teams Gresham GreyWolves on Saturday and Portland Rosebuds on Sunday at Walker Stadium.
SATURDAY, JULY 17
Hops 4, Canadians 3 — Spencer Brickhouse hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for the lead as Hillsboro beat Vancouver for the fourth consecutive game. The six-game series concludes Sunday.
Jorge Barrosa also homered for the Hops.
Angels 9, Mariners 4 — At Anaheim, Calif., David Fletcher had three hits and five RBIs and Taylor Ward and Jack Mayfield each homered off Yusei Kikuchi, who gave up nine hits and seven runs in five innings. Ward had three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.
The Angels had 14 hits.
Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer for Seattle.
Pickles 13, Knights 5 — Portland (18-11) routed host Corvallis (24-8), scoring 11 runs in the final four innings. The Pickles had 11 hits. Ivan Luna drove in four runs and Leo Mosby three. Carter Booth had three hits and three runs scored; Matt Jew also scored three runs.
Mariners 6, Angels 5 — Seattle built a 6-1 lead and held on for the win against the L.A. Angels at Anaheim, Calif.
Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger each hit two-run homers. Haniger had three hits and three runs scored. Chris Flexen gave up six hits and one run in seven innings to improve to 9-3.
The Angels rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, two coming on Shohei Ohtani's RBI single, but they couldn't plate the tying run.
Hops 12, Canadians 6 — Hillsboro beat Vancouver for the third game in a row at Ron Tonkin Field.
For Hillsboro, Axel Andueza hit a two-run homer. Dominic Canzone had two hits and three RBIs. Cam Coursey had four hits and three runs scored.
Ryan Gold had three hits and two runs scored for Vancouver.
Knights 6, Pickles 4 — At Corvallis, the home team's Travis Bazzana had three hits and three runs scored and Taison Corio had two hits and two RBIs. Matt Jew had two RBIs for Portland.
THURSDAY, JULY 15
Hops 7, Canadians 4 — Vancouver's Ronny Brito had three hits, two two-run home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored, but Hillsboro prevailed at Ron Tonkin Field.
Axel Andueza hit a two-run homer for Hillsboro. Andy Yerzy also drove in two runs.
Pickles 15, Sweets 5 — Jacob Jablonski and Ryan Guardino homered and Portland had 18 hits to beat Walla Walla in West Coast League action at Walker Stadium.
Guardino had four RBIs and Leo Mosby three. Matt Jew had three hits and three runs scored. Gabe Skoro had three runs scored.
Ten players had hits, seven players had multi-hit games, nine players scored at least one run and 10 players drove in at least one run.
The Pickles next play a series at Corvallis.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
Hops 2, Canadians 0 — In perhaps Hillsboro's best pitching performance of the season, Brandon Pfaadt allowed four hits and struck out five (with one walk) in a complete-game gem as the Hops stopped Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. He improved to 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Reece Hampton and Dominic Canzone drove in second-inning runs.
Pickles 4, Walla Walla 0 — At Walker Stadium, Alex Giroux and five relievers combined to shut out the Sweets. They had 10 strikeouts and no walks, and Giroux gave up three of Walla Walla's five hits in three innings. Leo Mosby had three hits and two RBIs.
Walla Walla 2, Pickles 1 — The Sweets won the West Coast League pitchers' duel at Walker Stadium with pitcher Mason Kokodynski allowing three hits in six innings. Portland's Bradley McVay allowed two hits in four innings. Eamonn Lance had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Pickles couldn't plate the tying run.
Canadians 3, Hops 2 — In the first game between the Ron Tonkin Field inhabitants, Vancouver (31-30) scored an eighth-inning run on Eric Rivera's single and went on to beat Hillsboro (24-35). Davis Schneider hit a home run for Vancouver.
The series goes through Sunday, July 18.
The teams also play Aug. 3-8 with Vancouver as home team and Aug. 24-29 with Hillsboro as home team, and against Sept. 14-19 with Vancouver as home team. Then again, there had been some talk about Vancouver being able to return to play home games in British Columbia once border restrictions have been eased because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American League, which has dominated the National League for three decades, won again 5-2 in Denver. It was the eighth consecutive game for the A.L. stars.
Former Seattle catcher Mike Zunino, now with Tampa Bay, hit a home run. Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also homered, a 468-foot blast. He earned game MVP honors.
Seattle's all-star representative, pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, was reinstated from the COVID-19 list, and was cleared to play, but pulled out.
University of Portland shortstop Chad Stevens was picked in the 11th round of the amateur draft by Houston.
He's the first UP player to be drafted since Beau Brundage in 2018. Stevens led the Pilots in batting (.333), hits (67), doubles (19), home runs (eight), RBIs (29) and slugging and on-base percentage.
Oregon outfielder Aaron Zavala was selected in the second round, 38th overall, by Texas. Also selected were pitcher Robert Ahlstrom (round 7, New York Yankees), pitcher Cullen Kafka (round 9, Colorado) and pitcher Hunter Breault (round 20, Oakland).
Oregon State pitcher Kevin Abel was picked by Cincinnati in the seventh round. Others Beavers drafted: pitcher Chase Watkins (ninth round, Chicago Cubs), pitcher Bryant Salgado (Houston, 14th round) and pitcher Nathan Burns (19th round, Los Angeles Angels).
Former OSU star Adley Rutschman, a Baltimore catching prospect playing for Double-A Bowie Baysox, went 0-for-1 in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Denver.
Seattle prospects Jarred Kelenic (0-for-1) and Julio Rodriguez (0-for-3) also played in the game.
The Mariners (48-43) entered the All-Star Game break well above .500, having played itself into position to think about the American League playoffs. The offense has been solid, led by the likes of J.P. Crawford, Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Ty France, new starting pitchers have been good (Logan Gilbert, Chris Flexen) to go with Yusei Kikuchi and Marco Gonzales and the bullpen has often been outstanding.
The Mariners open the season's second half at the Los Angeles Angels, Friday-Sunday, July 16-18 and then play two games at Colorado (Tuesday-Wednesday, July 20-21).
The New York Mets entered the MLB All-Star Game break leading the National League East Division, and former OSU star Michael Conforto ended the first half in fine fashion with a three-run homer against Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 11. Conforto dealt with a hamstring strain in late May and for most of June, and he has missed more than 30 games and is hitting .202. He's set to be a free agent in the offseason, but first maybe he'll help the Mets make the playoffs?
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