C-Cap Recap - Dawn Of The Mattingly Romanin Era
Saturday, July 02 2016 @ 05:52 PM EDT
Contributed by: #2JBrumfield
The Vancouver Canadians snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing Canada Day victory over Spokane.
Burlington, Ontario native Mattingly Romanin was given the start at second base on Canada Day.
C's starter Luis Sanchez looks in for the sign.
Lance Jones was the C's first baserunner after getting a leadoff walk in the second but he was picked off on a 2-3-6-3-1 play.
Rodrigo Orozco dives back to the first base bag after reaching on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning.
Yeltsin Gudino singled and would follow Rodrigo Orozco home on a two-run double by Cavan Biggio to put the C's ahead 2-0.
Cavan Biggio is joined by manager John Tamargo Jr. after making it to third base on an infield single by Lance Jones.
Grayson Huffman relieved Luis Sanchez and stranded two runners to get the final out of the fifth inning and keep Spokane off the board.
Mattingly Romanin comes up to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Mattingly Romanin deposits the baseball to the left of the fan in red in the first row of the left field porch.
Mattingly Romanin crosses home plate for his first professional home run and is greeted by D.J. McKnight (#8), on-deck hitter Rodrigo Orozco (#12), Christian Williams (#24) and Andres Sotillo (#15). That completed the scoring as Vancouver upended the Rangers affiliate 7-0 in the opener of this three-game set.
Luis Sanchez got himself in trouble with a couple of walks to start the game and ran the count to ball three on the next hitter. Pitching coach Willie Collazo paid a visit to the mound and whatever he said worked because Sanchez got the next three hitters in a row to escape the first inning. Sanchez set down eight in a row but the last two were lined to center field and first base. He gave up a two-out double in the third inning and the runner moved to third on a wild pitch before escaping that jam. Sanchez survived a two-out walk in the fourth but a pair of singles with two outs before exiting for lefty Grayson Huffman, coming up one out shy of a victory. He did throw up to 92 miles per hour with his fastball.
Huffman made things interesting with a wild pitch to move the runners up 90 feet but he retired the lefty-hitting number three batter Seth Spivey to end the threat. Mattingly Romanin made a nice play to run down Spivey's flare in foul territory down the right field line. Huffman touched 97 miles per hour with his fastball but settled in at 93-94. He struck out three and gave up just one hit in 2⅓ shutout innings and would earn the victory. Lefty Stuart Holmes sure locked things down in the eighth and Jackson Lowery worked around a double, a wild pitch and a walk in the ninth to preserve the shutout. Lowery reached 95 on the gun and was around 92-93 with his heater.
The C's hitters were able to handle Spokane starter Nick Green, who threw 95-96 miles per hour. Yeltsin Gudino had two of Vancouver's hits but the on-base leaders were Lance Jones and Christian Williams. They each had a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch. Andres Sotillo had a knock and an RBI HBP while Romanin and Biggio drew free passes to go along with their extra-base hits. The C's had five bases on balls and three hit by pitches.
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The Canadians play Spokane tonight at 7:05 and tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 at the Nat before going to Salem-Keizer for a five-game series starting July 4. The C's are back home Saturday to host Tri-City. Tonight's and next Saturday's games are being televised by Shaw TV in Vancouver.
Probable starters were not listed but it would appear Justin Maese and Dalton Rodriguez are in line for the starting assignments this weekend.
In roster news, catcher Brett Wellman is up from Vancouver and lefty Daniel Lietz was called up to Lansing.