The Hillsboro Hops tried to keep up with the Vancouver Canadians but the game remained just out of reach for the home team as they fell 10-6. The Hops never led during the game though they did manage to tie it once. Both teams scored two runs in the third but that would be the last time the visiting Canadians would remain within reach as they scored another four runs in the third to put it away.
Brett Lundquist started off the fourth with a double and scored after Matt Morgan tripled. Brandon Polizzi followed with a single to score Morgan. Norberto Obeso finalized the inning with a two-run shot over the right field fence for what would be the winning run.
Jhoan Duran (L, 2-2) started for the Hops and was battered for six runs on seven hits for the loss. Luis Castillo and Breckin Williams did their best to stop the bleeding but the score grew to 10-5 before Matt Brill stepped to the mound in the eighth and held the Canadians to one hit the rest of the way.
Nate Pearson started for the Canadians and lasted only two innings despite holding the Hops to two hits and no score. Brody Rodning (W, 3-1) came on in relief and was the winning pitcher of record in the fifth even though the Hops scored five runs on his watch.
The Hops bats were more active tonight going with nine hits, six of them doubles. Tra’Mayne Holmes, who returned to centerfield after a day of rest, went 2 for 4 with both hits reaching second base. Newcomer and DH Luis Lara led the hometown bats going 3 for 5 and scoring a run.
Hillsboro did manage to score three runs in the fifth to come within 7-5. Camden Duzenack reached base on an error and scored on Pavin Smith’s double. Ryan Dobson walked and reached home on a wild pitch from Rodning. Daulton Varsho would add the Hops second double of the inning scoring Smith.
Before the Hops could capitalize, the Canadians scored another three runs in the eighth. The Hops scored one more run in the same inning for the final score when Tra’Mayne Holmes doubled and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Matt Morgan. Ryan Tufts sacrifice fly brought Holmes across the plate.
However, the Canadian bats would outdo the hosts. Smacking 14 hits on the evening, Vancouver had four doubles, a triple and a home run. Brock Lundquist went 3 for 5 with a double and a score. Obeso, Logan Warmoth, Kacey Clemens and Morgan all had multi-hit games.
Vancouver took the rubber game and the five-game series 3-2 by winning the last two games of the series.
The loss kept the Hillsboro Hops (6-6) in a first-place tie with the Eugene Emeralds. The win kept the Vancouver Canadians (6-6) on pace with the Northern Division leading Spokane Indians, three games behind.
The Hops will remain home for a three-game homestand with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Expected pitchers are RHP Julio Benitez (1-2) for the Volcanoes and RHP Tyler Keele (3-4) for the Hops.
The Canadians will return home for a three-game series with the Tri City Dust Devils.
Hops notes: Connor Owings returns to the Hops from a ten-day stay with the Kane County Cougars. While there, Connor played in six games going 5 for 24.
By Greg Stoker