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The Vancouver, B.C., minor league baseball team, playing home games this year in Oregon, took five of six over Spokane.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Vancouver Canadians outfielder Tanner Kirwer hits a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday, May 11, at Ron Tonkin Field.The Vancouver Canadians enter this week red-hot, taking five of six against the Spokane Indians at Ron Tonkin Field.

The Canadians are playing home games at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro this year, unable to travel between their usual home base in British Columbia and other High-A West ballparks in Oregon and Washington due to COVID-19 restrictions. They have an alternating home-away schedule that mirrors the Hillsboro Hops', so while the Hops opened their season at home on May 4, the Canadians played a series on the road before playing their first "home" game Tuesday, May 11.

Attendance has been light. Ron Tonkin Field had an announced crowd of 254 on May 11, less than half the 825 spectators the ballpark has been allowing under Oregon's own COVID-19 rules. But the crowd, despite its small size, was enthusiastic in attempting to will the Canadians across the finish line late as they fell, 4-3, in the 10th inning.

The Canadians had the better of the Indians after that, winning on Wednesday, May 12, and carrying that streak through to the end of the series. Attendance picked up over the weekend in evening games, too, with 273 on Friday, May 14, and 294 on Saturday, May 15.

The Canadians improved to 8-4 with the series win, tied for second in the High-A West league.

This week features a marquee matchup for six games between the stadium-mates. The Hops are "hosting" the Canadians, with the Canadians playing as the away team at Ron Tonkin Field. That six-game series will begin at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, and will continue through Sunday, May 23.

Series in review

May 11: Spokane wins 4-3

May 12: Vancouver wins 2-0

May 13: Vancouver wins 3-2

May 14: Vancouver wins 8-2

May 15: Vancouver wins 4-2

May 16: Vancouver wins 7-6

Too hot to handle

OF Tanner Kirwer — blasted two home runs off Spokane while hitting .400 with a 1.228 on-base-plus-slugging in the series.

1B Spencer Horwitz — reached in 13 of his 26 plate appearances versus Spokane for a .500 on-base percentage.

P Brandon Eisert — the Aloha High School alumnus and Oregon State product made two scoreless relief appearances against Spokane in his first taste of High-A, striking out six.


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