Diamond Beat: Hops go 2-4 and Canadians 3-3 in first series
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It's time for the High-A League baseball season to begin.
The Hillsboro Hops begin their season with a six-game series against Everett at Ron Tonkin Field, May 4-May 9, and then play a home doubleheader with Eugene on Monday, May 10.
The manager is Vince Harrison.
The Vancouver Canadians, who are playing home games in Hillsboro because of COVID-19 restrictions, play a six-game opening series at Tri-City, then play their first "home" series May 11-16 against Spokane.
The Canadians' manager is Donnie Murphy.
SUNDAY, MAY 9
Rangers 10, Mariners 2 — Texas won the three-game series with Seattle at home with 14 hits Sunday, including homers by Charlie Culberson and Adolis Garcia, who had three hits and five RBIs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and three runs scored.
After a day off Monday, the Mariners (18-17) play two games at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
AquaSox 8, Hops 7 — Everett won four of the six games against Hillsboro, winning in 10 innings Sunday at Ron Tonkin Field. The AquaSox scored three runs in the ninth inning on Connor Hoover's three-run homer, but Hillsboro's Corbin Carroll tied it 6-6 with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
Everett scored two runs in the top of the 10th, and Hillsboro scored a run but came up a run short in the bottom of the inning.
Carroll had three hits, two RBIs and four runs scored.
The High-A West League Hillsboro (2-4) plays a six-game series at Eugene, Tuesday-Sunday.
Fellow High-A team Vancouver Canadians split a six-game series at Tri-City (winning 7-2 Sunday), and now play their first home series at Ron Tonkin Field against Spokane, Tuesday-Sunday. (The Canadians have to play home games in Hillsboro because of border restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic).
Wildcats 2, Ducks 0 — No. 12 Oregon (33-15, 11-10 Pac-12) splits its four-game home series with No. 7 Arizona. Jessie Harper hit her 89th career homer for Arizona.
The Ducks play their final regular-season series at California, Thursday-Saturday.
Beavers 5, Sun Devils 3 — Frankie Hammoude hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning as Oregon State (18-24, 5-16 Pac-12) took two out of three at home against No. 10 Arizona State. Mariah Mazon got the complete-game victory. Hammoude had three hits and four RBIs.
OSU closes out the season with four games at Utah, Thursday-Saturday.
Ducks 9, Huskies 3 — Oregon (30-11, 14-7 Pac-12) swept the three-game home series with Washington. Aaron Zavala had a triple, home run and four RBIs. Kenyon Yovan, Gabe Matthews and Anthony Hall also homered.
The Ducks' two games at Gonzaga have been canceled. They play at Utah, Friday-Sunday.
Trojans 5, Beavers 3 — USC salvaged a win in the series at Oregon State (31-15, 13-8 Pac-12). The Trojans led 5-1 after a two-run double by Carson Wells in the top of the eighth inning. The Beavers rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn't pull out the win. Troy Claunch had an RBI double and a home run.
The Beavers play at Arizona State, Friday-Sunday.
Pilots 6, Waves 2 — Chad Stevens hit a grand slam for Portland (21-21, 13-8 WCC) against visiting Pepperdine. UP pitcher Bradley McVay gave up two hits and two runs while striking out seven in six innings.
Portland plays at Washington State on Tuesday, and then a home series against Gonzaga, Friday-Sunday.
SATURDAY, MAY 8
Rangers 9, Mariners 8 — Texas rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, including a homer by Adolis Garcia. Joey Gallo hit two homers for Texas, and Kyle Seager, Luis Torrens and Evan White homered for visiting Seattle.
AquaSox 3, Hops 0 — Hillsboro starter Matt Tabor pitched well, striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings, but it wasn't enough at Ron Tonkin Field.
Beavers 9, Trojans 7 — Wade Meckler hit a two-run homer and Jake Dukart and Greg Fuchs also homered as OSU beat USC in Corvallis.
Waves 7, Pilots 5 — Brett Gillis had 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings and Portland led 5-0 before visiting Pepperdine rallied with four home runs, two by Billy Cook.
Ducks win 1-0, Wildcats win 4-3 — In Eugene, Brooke Yanez allowed four hits in Oregon's win over Arizona in the first game. Haley Cruse drove in the run. Cruse hit a homer in the second game loss, and went 5 of 6 in the doubleheader with two singles, a double, a triple and a home run.
Sun Devils 5, Beavers 2 — At Corvallis, Arizona State scored five runs off Oregon State's Mariah Mazon, who came on in relief. The second game was canceled.
FRIDAY, MAY 7
Mariners 5, Rangers 4 — Seattle opened a series at Texas with a win, as Dylan Moore and J.P. Crawford hit two-run homers and Mitch Haniger broke a 4-4 tie with a seventh-inning RBI single. Crawford and Kyle Lewis had three hits each.
Hops 7, AquaSox 2 — Dominic Canzone had two hits (including a triple) and two RBIs as Hillsboro topped Everett at Ron Tonkin Field. Cam Coursey, Axel Andueza, Leodany Perez and Nick Dalesandro also had two hits each.
Beavers 5, Trojans 4 — At Corvallis, Oregon State rallied from 4-0 down and scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Ryan Ober's RBI triple and Garret Forrester's sacrifice fly to take the lead. Clay Owens homered for USC.
Pilots 9, Waves 6 — Jake Tsukada had three hits and five RBIs and Peter Allegro pitched 4 2/3 innings of hitless relief while striking out eight hitters and walking none as Portland topped Pepperdine at home.
Ducks 8, Huskies 0 — In Eugene, Oregon's Gavin Grant hit a solo home run, Josh Kasevich hit a three-run double and Tanner Smith had two hits and two RBIs, backing the pitching of Robert Ahlstrom (four hits, 11 strikeouts, seven innings) and two relievers in the shutout of Washington.
Beavers 1, Sun Devils 0 — Oregon State won at home, scoring on an error and riding pitcher Mariah Mazon, who allowed three hits and struck out seven in the complete-game win over Arizona State.
Ducks 2, Wildcats 1 — No. 12 Oregon beat No. 7 Arizona on a walk-off two-run homer by Terra McGowan in Eugene. Brooke Yanez allowed two hits and struck out eight in the win. Hannah Martinez homered for Arizona.
THURSDAY, MAY 6
AquaSox 12, Hops 1 — Everett routed Hillsboro at Ron Tonkin Field. The AquaSox had 16 hits, including three each by Kaden Polcovich and Joseph Rosa. Austin Shenton had two doubles and led the run-producers with three RBIs. The Hops managed only two hits.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canadians, who'll play home games at Ron Tonkin Field, won their first game of the season at Tri-City, 5-2, rallying for four eighth-inning runs.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
Orioles 6, Mariners 0 — Left-hander John Means threw a near-perfect no-hitter, becoming the first Baltimore pitcher to throw a one-man no-hitter since 1969 (Jim Palmer).
Means was dominant at Seattle's T-Mobile Park. He only allowed one runner, Sam Haggerty, on a strikeout/wild pitch on third strike in third inning. Haggerty was promptly thrown out trying to steal, meaning Means faced the minimum of 27 hitters.
He struck out 12 hitters. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 out of 27 hitters. J.P. Crawford lined out to shortstop to end the game.
Ramon Urias and DJ Stewart had second-inning RBI hits, and Pat Valaika hit a solo homer and Trey Mancini a three-run shot.
The Mariners, after an off day, open a three-game series at Texas on Friday.
AquaSox 3, Hops 2 — Everett scored the winning run on a passed ball in the top of the 11th.
Each team used four pitchers and allowed five hits. The eight pitchers combined for 25 strikeouts. Former Oregon Duck Ryne Nelson started for Hillsboro and struck out six over six innings.
Both teams are 1-1 to begin the High-A West League season. They play again Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at Ron Tonkin Field.
TUESDAY, MAY 4
Seattle 5, Baltimore 2 — Kyle Seager hit an early home run, and a then go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning followed by Kyle Lewis' three-run homer that made it 5-1. Closer Keynan Middleton, who's from Milwaukie, left in the ninth inning with an apparent arm injury.
Hops 4, AquaSox 1 — Hillsboro won its High-A West League season-opening game against Everett at Ron Tonkin Field. Dominic Canzone hit a two-run homer and Blaze Alexander a solo shot. Luis Frias and three relievers combined to give up four hits.
The Vancouver Canadians, meanwhile, lost their season-opening game at Tri-City, 4-0. They are playing home games at Ron Tonkin Field, starting next Tuesday.
MONDAY, MAY 3
Orioles 5, Mariners 3 — Baltimore's Cedric Mullins and Freddy Galvis hit two-run homers in a five-run eighth inning in the first game of a three-game series at T-Mobile Park. Seattle had only three hits, including a solo homer by Tom Murphy and two-run shot by Mitch Haniger.
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