Vancouver Canadians: Class A Short
After sweeping the Spokane Indians in the last series of the season and then sweeping them again in a best 2 out 3 playoff series, the Vancouver Canadians are riding high. Entering the first game of the North West League Championship series against the Hillsboro Hops, the Canadians had won their previous 6 games and 10 of their past 11.
The Hops took game one, 7-5.
Roemon Fields (@Roemon206) got things going quickly for the C’s in the bottom of the first with a double. He would score on a Franklin Barreto single, 1-0. A failed pickoff attempt and a passed ball would allow Barreto to score, 2-0. A single off the bat of Richard Urena would score Chris Carlson from second.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Ryan McBroom (@R_Broom) stepped up the plate with two on and delivered a 2-run single. With the C’s jumping out to an early 5-0 lead after 2 innings, it looked like the they were going to run away with it.
Not so fast.
The Hops erased the 5 run lead by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 3rd, thanks to a single, a double, a single, and a home run. They would score 2 in the 6th to take the lead and would add an insurance run in the 7th to make it a 7-5 final.
Roemon Fields- 1/1, 2R, 2B, BB
*Boomer Collins– 0/1
Tim Locastro- 1/4, K
Franklin Barreto- 1/5, R, RBI, 2K
Ryan McBroom- 1/5, 2RBI, 2K
Chris Carlson- 1/3, R, BB
Jonathan Davis– 1/3, BB
Richard Urena- 1/4, K, E
Mike Reeves– 0/3, BB, K
Alexis Maldonado– 0/2, R, 2BB, K
Chase Millard – 5.0IP, 6H, 4R, 3K, HR, 5 ground out and 4 fly outs
Alberto Tirado (BSV)(L)- 1.0IP, H, 2R, 2BB, 2K, HR
Jose Fernandez– 1.0IP, 2H, R, K
Yeyfry Del Rosario– 1.0IP, 3K
Justin Shafer– 1.0IP, H, 2K
Game 2 Starter
LHP Matt Smoral (20) 4-3, 3.19ERA.
Hold onto your sets ladies and gents, this series ain’t over yet. These teams split the season series 5-5, so everyone can expect a back and forth series.