Josh Winckowski Voids Hops, 2-0
For the second game in a row, the Hillsboro Hops were shut out completely at the plate, this time 2-0. Josh Winckowski started for the Vancouver Canadians and grabbed the win with a six inning, three hit performance.
The Hops bats managed five hits but could not combine in the same inning. Jake McCarthy singled in the third with two outs. Next inning, Joey Rose singled with one out. Geraldo Perdomo added his single in the sixth. Francis Martinez started the seventh inning with his single. Finally, Perdomo, the only Hop with two hits, singled with two outs in the eighth. Rose was the only hitter to make it to second base. All three walks were either stranded at first or were out on a fielder’s choice.
Jesus Severino Brings Home Lead
The bats for the Canadians did more with only three hits for the game. Vancouver’s first score in the first inning came about without a hit. Starting Pitcher Jackson Goddard had a rough start for the Hops. After leadoff batter Otto Lopez walked, Goddard attempted to pick off the lead runner and his toss bounced into shallow right field. Lopez scooted over to second and then to third on a steal. From there, Jesus Severino sacrificed Lopez home for the game’s first score. All without a hit.
In fact, the Hops went into the sixth inning down 1-0 with still a chance for a no-hitter. But, Jake Brodt’s double with two outs eradicated that possibility. The Canadians second hit of the night was Yorman Rodriguez’ triple in the ninth. Rodriguez split the right and center fielder with his smack to the fence. Jesus Severino followed with his line drive up the middle to score Rodriguez. The Canadians totaled three hits for the entire game.
Josh Winckowski Leads Trio
But, they didn’t need any more with the trio of pitchers shutting down the Hops. Josh Winckowski (W, 4-4) also added seven strike outs and 86 pitches to his masterful performance. Joey Pulido (H, 1) came in for two innings of two hit shut-out ball. Cobi Johnson (S, 7) pitched the shut-down ninth with two strike outs and no hits for the save.
The Hops sent four pitchers to the mound and would have come off a winner on most nights. The Hops bats have gone 18 innings without a score in an unusual funk for the hard hitting club. Certainly, it is a streak that can’t go much longer. With three current batters over .300 (Gorman, Connelly, Yerzy) and three more over .250 (McCarthy, Perez and Perdomo), the scoreless streak will end soon.
The team’s next chance will be Sunday at 4 PM when both teams will meet for the last of the five game series and the Hops will get a third chance to clinch. The Hops will send Ryan Weiss (0-1) to the mound to face Elio Silva (2-2). Weiss’ last appearance on July 31st, led to his only loss of the season allowing two earned runs in three innings. Silva’s last appearance on July 30th also led to a loss when Silva allowed five earned runs in six innings.
The loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops (7-5) into a two-way tie for first with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (7-5). Also, the win maintained a three-way tie atop the Northern Division for the Vancouver Canadians (7-5) with the Everett Aquasox (7-5) and the Spokane Indians (7-5).
Furthermore, the annual classic between the Northwest League and the Pioneer League is two days away. Find out which two Hops made the roster.