The back and forth fight ends with the C’s up

August 7, 2022 – North West League (NWL) – Vancouver Canadiens Press Release

VANCOUVER, BC – In a game that had it all, the Canadians did just enough to rally from behind twice after taking an early lead to beat the Tri-City Dust Devils (Angels) 6-5 in front of a crowded Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.


The match was decided only at the end of the eighth. With the score tied 5-5, Glenn Santiago was hit by a shot from Ivan Armstrong (L, 1-2) to start the frame. Shortly after, an errant snap shot to first by catcher Straton Podaras sailed into the corner of right field to allow Santiago to rush to third. That set up a sacrificial fly from Blue Jays prospect No. 5 Leo Jimenez to tackle the runner and put the Cs in front for good.

Jol Concepcion (W, 4-3) blocked the potential tying run on second base in the top of the ninth to secure Vancouver’s third run of the week.

A two-out, two-RBI brace from Jimenez late in the second started the scoring. It was the first time the Canadians scored first in the series, but the lead only lasted until fourth. Starter Trenton Wallace — who had slipped out of on-base traffic in each of his first three frames without any damage — charged the bases with no outs and was replaced by Naswell Paulino, who brought out the first batter that he faced but gave up a single tyer to D’Shawn Knowles, then saw a run-scoring defensive player pick put the Dust Devils ahead 3-2.

The C offense returned to work in the fifth. Riley Tirotta tripled to start the stanza but was nearly blocked after the next two batters were out. Up stepped up Andres Sosa, who had doubled earlier in the game to set the stage for Jimenez’s RBI double sack. Mexico’s Hermosillo homered straight into the left-field bullpen to put Vancouver ahead 4-3

After limiting the damage to those three legacy runners in the fourth, Paulino then struck out eight of the nine batters he faced in the fifth through seventh innings before Concepcion took over with two outs in the seventh. Tri-City would rally with a field single and Joe Stewart’s first pro home run to regain a one-run lead.

Vancouver tied the game in the half with more hits from Sosa. Miguel Hiraldo worked a two-out walk against Emilker Guzman — who was one of the league’s best relievers this year but twice waived to the Canadiens — before Sosa hit a tying double around the corner into right field to make it 5-5.

Sosa’s three hits paced the offense and he was joined by Jimenez with three RBIs apiece. All nine starters reached base and six had hits.

With Eugene (Giants) winning and losing tonight, Vancouver now has a game-and-a-half advantage in the second half standings. They picked up a series win over Tri-City and will be looking to pick up a five-game winning streak tomorrow afternoon as part of Sunday A&W Family Fun. Left-handers Jimmy Robbins and Jose Salvador will square off at 1:05 p.m. with coverage available on CanadiansBaseball.com, MiLB.TV and the Sportsnet Radio Network.

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