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The Vancouver Canadians returned home after two weeks on the road for a late Sunday matchup against Tri-City. After taking two of three against the Dust Devils, the C's were hoping to continue their winning ways against the Rockies affiliate.

Ryan Borucki made his first pro start on Canadian soil. He struck out six batters over five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit by pitch.

Gunnar Heidt trots down to first base in his first plate appearance in Vancouver after drawing a bases-loaded walk to put the Canadians on the board first. Boomer Collins would follow with an RBI single to make it 2-0 after one.

Matthew Smoral had trouble throwing strikes in his Nat Bailey Stadium debut. In just two-thirds of an inning, he surrendered three runs on two hits, two walks, two hit by pitches and two wild pitches.

Andrew Case needed one pitch to end the sixth inning and strand three Smoral runners. He was charged with one run over 2.1 innings on one hit and one walk.

Tim Locastro began a two-out rally in the sixth with a single and he came in to score on a Franklin Barreto double. Barreto wound up scoring on the play after a throwing error by Dust Devils catcher Robbie Perkins.

Chris Carlson brings the C's to within a run with an RBI single.

That hit scored Ryan McBroom, who had doubled to keep the inning going. Manager John Schneider points toward Carlson at first.

Alexis Maldonado lines a single to right field in the eighth inning after Michael De La Cruz started the frame with a single. De La Cruz would score on a Roemon Fields base hit to tie the game at 6-6.

Franklin Barreto gets hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and that would score Maldonado with the go-ahead run.

Brett Barber was called on in the ninth to save it for Andrew Case but two hits and two walks would lead to four runs to give Barber the blown save, his first of the season. Joe Lovecchio had to get the final three outs but he was also nicked for a run as the Dust Devils rallied for an 11-7 victory.

Random Observations

Ryan Borucki
was in the 73-93 MPH range and threw some changeups from 80-83. The home run he gave up came on what looked like a two-seam fastball at 88...Matthew Smoral was in the 79-95 MPH range with a strikeout on an 88 offering. Smoral hit 95 on his first pitch for a strike but he gave up a hit on a 92 MPH heater and things began to go downhill...Brett Barber gave up a leadoff single but got ahead of the next hitter with two strikes but he wound up walking him and the next hitter. A base hit and an error by Chris Carlson, who overran the ball in left field, cleared the bases and put the game away for Tri-City.

Tim Locastro
, Franklin Barreto, Boomer Collins and Alexis Maldonado all had two-hit efforts...Locastro and Barreto were plunked and Collins walked to reach base three times. Gunnar Heidt had a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch. Locastro and Barreto pulled off a double steal and both of them would score in the first inning. Ryan McBroom had a chance to add to the C's lead with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning but he popped up a 2-0 pitch to second to put a damper on the rally.

The C's and everyone else in the Northwest League North continue to play under .500 ball. Had the C's pulled this one out, they would have tied Everett for top spot in the division. However, Tri-City has a share of top spot at 8-9 while Vancouver and Spokane bring up the rear but are only a game back at 7-10. The Canadians bullpen was not able to get the job done once again. They blew a pair of seven-run leads in a couple of losses in Boise in the second half already. Had the pen done its job in Idaho, Vancouver would be in first place. It's a minor miracle the C's still have a chance to win the division in the second half. With two games against Tri-City and the next six against Everett, the opportunity is still there for the C's to get the ship righted and earn a playoff berth to defend their championship trophies from the last three seasons.
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bpoz - Monday, August 11 2014 @ 09:37 AM EDT (#291774) #
Great pics. Thanks.
TangledUpInBlue - Monday, August 11 2014 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#291776) #
Locastro and Barreto were plunked

So that's HBP #23 for Locastro. One thing that keeps this guy's genius so well-hidden is the box score system we use. HBPs don't appear next to the batter's name, alongside hits, walks, etc., which effectively turns them into non-events. So 23 times this season, Tim Locastro has helped his team by reaching first base, moving any runners along in the process, and yet you'd never know it unless you were at the game. HBPs don't even appear in the batting notes below the box scores. You have to look all the way down to the pitching notes to see who got plunked, and even there they don't keep a running tally on the season. I wonder if the Vancouver staff, or whoever it is that compiles game reports for the Jays front office, has ever even mentioned Locastro's HBP contributions. Though, who knows, maybe this is all being engineered from above. HBPs could be the new market inefficiency! Franklin Barreto, after all, is no slouch himself -- yesterday's HBP was his 9th on the season, which now has him just one behind Johneshwy Fargas for 2nd place in the league. These guys, Locastro and Barreto, are like the Ruth and Gehrig of the hit-by-pitch.
eudaimon - Monday, August 11 2014 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#291800) #
Former Expo Ron Hunt definitely used the HBP to his advantage. He holds the modern day record of 50 HBP in a season (in 1971) which helped him achieve a Jose Bautista-esque .402 OBP. In fact, that number would be second only to Bautista in the majors this year. If Locastro can keep it up it would surely give him a bit of an edge, though it might be harder to be Ron Hunt-like in the recent era of very hard throwers.

TangledUpInBlue - Monday, August 11 2014 @ 05:12 PM EDT (#291825) #
It seems this is nothing new for Tim Locastro. On his Ithaca College page, they write of his 2013 season:

"He set program single-season records in runs (71) and stolen bases (40). He also led all NCAA Division III players in reaching base via being hit by a pitch 29 times, which was also a school record."

So his prowess has been recognized before. Now they don't mention anything about his HBP performance in their little write-ups on his 2011 and 2012 seasons, so I was wondering if this was a skill he'd developed late in his college career or something he was doing all along but no one thought it worthy-of-mention till he set the college record. Well, fortunately you can access his game logs for both years, and find that he did seem to develop the skill over the course of his college career, though he was pretty good from the get-go. In 2011, in 32 games, Locastro had 6 HBP. In 2012, in the same number of games, he had 17 HBP. Then, in his record-busting year, he had 27 HBP in 48 games. This included seven multi-HBP games, and on April 14, 2013 against Utica, the man got hit three times in one game and, there being a double-header that day, four times on the day! In that double-header, he went 4-for-6 with 4 HBP, and he also stole three bases. So he can make you pay for hitting him. This year in Vancouver, he's 21/23 stealing bases.
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