10 Photos Vancouver Canadians vs. Eugene July 18

Friday, July 19 2013 @ 07:12 AM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

The Vancouver Canadians were looking to keep their first-half playoff hopes alive as they opened up a five-game series against the Eugene Emeralds an affiliate of the San Diego Padres Thursday night at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Jeremy Gabryszwski warms up in the bullpen. He would pitch 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. His ERA "swelled" to 1.13 on the season.

Matt Hitt
stands in the batter's box while Michael Reeves catches Gabryszwski in the bullpen.

The Canadians were trailing 1-0 heading into the third but Melvin Garcia would change that with a leadoff double in his first plate appearance in Vancouver. He would score the game's first run.

Chaz Frank put Garcia 90 feet away from home with a single and he was able to get to second base on a throwing error by the Eugene left fielder. That was part of a six-run rally to make it 6-1 Canadians.

Dickie Thon Jr. who took a 93 mph fastball in the back in the first inning shook that off and belted his first homer on a 92 mph heater to left field to make it 7-2 Vancouver in the fourth. He gets congratulated by manager Clayton McCullough.

Justin James stranded a runner for Gabryszwski and pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings of one-hit ball with one strikeout.

Jordan Leyland added even more insurance as he went deep to right field in the eighth inning.

Chuck Ghysels walked the leadoff man in the ninth but got a double play ball to put the Canadians one out away from victory.

Surrey, BC's Justin Atkinson who delivered a key two-run double in the middle of the six-run rally in the third catches a pop up at third base to end the game.

The Canadians helped themselves with double digit totals in the run and hit columns but the Eugene defence helped out too by committing five errors.

Vancouver also got some good news on the out-of-town scoreboard as the Boise Hawks rallied to beat Everett 3-2. All of the runs came in the seventh inning. Brampton, Ontario's Jasvir Rakkar, picked up the save for Boise. That leaves the C's two games back of the AquaSox for the first-half division lead with four games left to play. The Canadians play this afternoon at the Nat. First pitch is at 1:05 pm Pacific Time.

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