The Hillsboro Hops managed only two hits on the night and all they could do was watch as the Vancouver Canadians scored incrementally. Lead-off hitter Vinnie Capra did the most damage while going 1 for 3 and scoring twice. Before Vinnie’s solo shot in the fourth started the scoring, the game was locked in at 0-0. After that, Vancouver managed to score one more run each inning thereafter. The only reason their bats took the ninth off was because they didn’t need to play it.
But, Vinnie Capra wasn’t alone. Six Canadian hitters came to the plate and hit safely. McGregory Contreras, the only batter to have more than one hit, used his first single to knock in the Canadians second run in the fifth: Sterling Guzman. Yorman Rodriguez singled home Vinnie Capra for the team’s third run in the sixth.
McGregory Contreras scored in the seventh on a throwing error by left fielder Jake McCarthy for an unearned run. Finally, Otto Lopez scored in the eighth on a wild pitch by Chester Pimental for the game’s second unearned run.
Tight and Loose
While those two Hops errors did result in runs scored, the visiting team did manage some tight defense. In the sixth, center fielder Tra Holmes threw out Otto Lopez who tried to score home after Vinnie Capra already crossed the plate on the same play. In the third inning, with Sterling Guzman standing on third base, Tanner Kirwer shot a quick line drive to third baseman Joey Rose. All Rose had to do was step on third base for the unassisted double play.
Pitching Clamps Down
Adrian Del Moral (L, 0-2) started for the Hops and lasted five innings before being relieved by Jake Winston in the sixth. While on the mound, Adrian pitched 43 strikes out of 67 pitches but also gave up Vinnie Capra’s fourth inning home run and two earned runs giving him the loss. Both Jake and Chester Pimental gave up runs as the staccato attack of the home team scored on all Hops pitchers to take the mound.
Sean Wymer was the pitcher of record for the win (W, 2-2). Fitz Stadler followed with three hitless innings to record his second hold of the season. Both pitchers racked up four strike outs apiece to contribute to the team total of ten K’s.
Andy Yerzy and Jake McCarthy were the only Hops batters to strike a hit for the boxscore. Jake’s single came in the second inning after two outs. Jake was followed by two walks given to Francis Martinez and Ryan January loading the bases but to no avail. It would be the closest the Hops would come to scoring. Andy’s single led off the fourth inning but he was left stranded at second.
First Half Standings
The loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops (22-12) to two games over the second place Boise Hawks(19-15). The win kept the Vancouver Canadians (17-17) on pace one game behind the Northern Division leading Everett Aquasox. Both division first half crowns seem to be going down to the wire. At the minimum, both will be decided in this, the last series of the first half.