C’s Recap – Pruitt & Polizzi Power C’s Over AquaSox

Vancouver Canadians Brandon Polizzi

Brandon Polizzi homered, scored twice and made a key defensive play to lead the C’s to victory Sunday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians began the first of six games against the Everett AquaSox on the right foot with a 5-3 victory at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon. The victory gives the C’s a 4-3 record against the AquaSox in 2017.

The C’s tabbed lefthander Wilfri Aleton to start this one and he gave up a double to leadoff man Chris Torres that just touched down in right field beyond the reach of second baseman Mattingly Romanin and right fielder Brandon Polizzi. Aleton would respond with strikeouts of Manny Pazos and Greifer Andrade with a Eugene Helder groundout in between to leave Torres at second.

The C’s carried the momentum into their first at-bat when Reggie Pruitt scorched a double to left off Everett starterAndres Torres. Norberto Obeso would bring Pruitt with a base hit up the middle to put Vancouver ahead 1-0. Logan Warmoth punched one through to left field off Helder at third to put Obeso up to second but Kacy Clemens grounded into a double play and Riley Adams could not bring home Obeso from third as he grounded out to second.

Aleton set down the AquaSox in order that saw him strike out Onil Pena. He retired six in a row before Torres got him again with a two-out single in the third. Adams would throw out Torres trying to steal to end the frame. The big defensive highlight of the third was a incredible diving catch by Polizzi in right field to rob Ronaldo Rosario of extra bases that started the frame.

After beginning the top of the third with a tremendous defensive play, Polizzi started the bottom half with an equally tremendous offensive play by poking one over the right field fence and into the Vancouver bullpen for his first professional home run to lift the C’s to a 2-0 lead. Obeso had a one-out single and Clemens picked up a two-out base hit but Clemens was thrown out trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt by Everett catcher Juan Camacho.

The AquaSox threatened in the fourth with one-out base knocks by Helder and Andrade and a two-out walk to Pena to load the bases but Aleton got out of it with a strikeout of Camacho and a pop-up to third from Joe Venturino.

After the C’s were retired 1-2-3 in the fourth, Aleton finished up his five-inning outing in style with a Rosario strikeout to begin a 1-2-3 frame of his own.

Vancouver Canadians Wilfri Aleton

Wilfri Aleton shutout the AquaSox over five innings Sunday afternoon.


Vancouver looked to pad their lead for Aleton when Bryan Lizardo lined a single to right and Polizzi reached on a throwing error at short. Pruitt would strike out but Obeso loaded the bases by drawing a walk against AquaSox reliever David Hessler. Warmoth had the count 3-0 in his favour but he was caught looking at strike three, just when he was about to toss the bat away for what he thought was ball four. Clemens would leave the bases loaded by fouling out to first.

With the C’s unable to add to their lead, the AquaSox made it disappear against Donnie Sellers in the sixth. Pazos doubled and Helder singled to put two runners in scoring position. Andrade would strike out but Camacho singled to score Pazos with the first Everett run. Pena popped out to second with the infield fly rule in effect but Sellers plunked Venturino to load the bases. Rosario then singled to left to score Helder with the tying run but Obeso threw out Camacho trying to score to keep the game tied.

Vancouver Canadians Reggie Pruitt

After tagging out Camacho at the plate, Adams got a rally started with an infield single to third. Romanin would reach base on a one-out error at second and Adams was able to make it all the way to third. Hessler got Lizardo to hit a soft liner to first for the second out but he uncorked a wild pitch to allow Adams to score the tie-breaking run. After Polizzi drew a walk, Paul Covelle took over for Hessler and also threw one to the backstop to move Romanin and Polizzi up 90 feet. Pruitt then picked up a single to right to score Romanin and Polizzi to give Vancouver a 5-2 lead. Pruitt would steal second but Obeso lined out to center for the third out.

Jansiel Rivera singled off Sellers to start the seventh and issued a one-out walk to Pazos but a strikeout of Chris Torres would help him to get through the inning unscathed.

After getting nothing accomplished in the home half of the seventh, Sellers came out for the eighth with a new third baseman in Deiferson Barreto and a new first baseman in Lizardo who was replacing Cameron O’Brien. Sellers struck out Camacho to begin the frame but he made it to first on a wild pitch. Sellers got Pena to hit into a 6-4-3 that was started smoothly by Warmoth at short. Venturino kept the inning going when he reached on a Barreto error but Sellers got Rosario to strike out swinging to snuff out that threat.

Vancouver Canadians Donnie Sellers

Donnie Sellers picked up the victory in relief by pitching three innings.


Barreto began the eighth with a base hit but was thrown out trying to steal second. Lizardo drew a two-out walk but that was it for the C’s offence.

Vancouver Canadians Orlando Pascual

Orlando Pascual has a quick chat with Deiferson Barreto before pitching in the ninth.


Orlando Pascual arrived out of the pen for the ninth and struck out Rivera to begin the proceedings. He then walked Torres who was doubled home by Pena to bring the Frogs to within two. With the tying run at the plate, Pascual got Helder to ground out to third before striking out Andrade swinging to end it.

C-Notes

C's NotesPruitt and Obeso sparked Vancouver’s 10-hit performance with two apiece. Obeso also reached base on a walk and Pruitt stole his 26th base of the year. Lizardo and Polizzi had a hit and a walk apiece. Vancouver was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Aleton struck out six and walked only one in five shutout innings of four-hit ball. Sellers gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He was charged with a blown save but he racked up four K’s in three innings to improve to 2-1. Pascual allowed a run on a hit and a walk but collected his fourth save of the year.

Romanin went 0-for-4 in his return to Vancouver but did score a run. He is now wearing #6 after wearing #2 last season and for the first part of this season before being promoted to Lansing. Romanin’s #6 was worn by Cullen Large (injury) and Chavez Young (Bluefield) already this season.

Righthanders Dalton Rodriguez and Nate Pearson celebrated their 21st birthdays on Sunday.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s and Frogs play two more games in Vancouver before heading to Everett for three. Jose Espada is expected to throw the first pitch at The Nat Monday night at 7:05 pm.

Vancouver remains tied with Tri-City for first place in the North Division with 15-10 records. Spokane is two games back at 13-12 while Everett drops to three games back at 12-13.

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C’s Recap – Video/Interview With Blue Jays 1st Round Pick Nate Pearson

Vancouver Canadians Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson unleashes a breaking ball at 84 miles per hour against Salem-Keizer August 13.


Nate Pearson has just turned 21 years old and the future is pretty bright for the 28th overall pick of the 2017 draft. The Blue Jays first rounder has yet to give up a run in his first 13 innings of professional baseball—all but one of them with Vancouver—and has posted a 16-1 strikeout/walk total with just four hits allowed.

Vancouver Canadians Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson looks on during a team practice at Nat Bailey Stadium.


C’s pitching coach Jim Czajkowski had this to say about the College of Central Florida Patriots hurler and the JUCO Pitcher of the Year in a recent interview on TSN Radio in Vancouver.

“Very aggressive mound presence. Goes right at guys, not afraid to throw his fastball. Has a feel of if the hitter can catch up to him or not, whether he has to pull the string on a breaking ball or not. I saw him (against) the best hitter that Salem Keizer had, just blew him away with fastballs. Aggressive, pretty athletic for a big a guy that he is.”

Here is video of the 6-foot-6 Pearson warming in the bullpen before a start July 29 with Czajkowski watching over him.

Here is more video of Pearson getting ready before his July 29 start.


The following is a transcript of an interview I had with the Odessa, Florida native during the C’s last homestand and he addressed a number of topics during our chat.

Pearson on playing in Vancouver.

“Vancouver, it’s beautiful. I haven’t been up here before and when I first got up here, the weather and everything was just so great, so I was like, ‘Oh, I could get used to this’ so it’s been great.”

Pearson on his decision to transfer from Florida International University to the College of Central Florida.

“I just went day by day when I was there. I decided to make a change and go the juco route, not a lot of big recruits do. Once I got there, I was there for a purpose and made a lot of great friends and just kept doing what I do and just kept working.”

Pearson on the most influential people in his career.

“Definitely my Dad. He’s given just so many life lessons. He never even played baseball. He just knows mentally just how to stay mentally strong because he gives me a lot of great advice.”

“My high school coach, Jeff Swymer, out of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic. He really helped me my senior year because I was coming off my injury and he was always really there for me for my pitching and my mechanics and everything. He was good.”

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Nate Pearson keeping his arms in shape.


Pearson on developing his 100 mile per hour fastball.

“Most of it came naturally. I do a lot of arm care stuff, probably more than a lot of guys. I do a lot of the Driveline Baseball stuff, it’s over in the West Coast I follow that pretty good and that’s helped my velo jump a lot.”

Pearson on knowing when he has reached triple-digits on the radar gun.

“Yes and no. Some fastballs I let go and I don’t know for sure. I try not to pay attention to the radar gun when I’m pitching because it’s a little bit of a distraction but I just try to get batters out and if I end up hitting 100, it’s a good thing I guess.”

Pearson on his pitching repertoire.

“Right now, it’s just a four-seamer. I think I want to end up learning the two-seamer and get a little bit more movement on it, but right now it’s just four-seam.”

“The changeup was the first offspeed pitch I learned. My pitching coach, Anthony Telford, he pitched quite a bit in the bigs and that was the first pitch that he taught me how to throw besides my fastball. I took that to heart and I practiced that probably more than any of my other offspeed pitches and it’s no wonder why it’s my second-best pitch.”

“I’d probably say my slider is a little bit better (than my curve) but I’m also working on my curveball just because you give two different looks to the batter, just to be able to mix it up but yeah, I’m continuously working on both of those.”

Pearson on going through elbow surgery in high school.

“That happened going into my junior year, right around the main recruitment year. I suffered that blow. It was kind of depressing for a little bit. There was one point I didn’t know if I was going to able to throw again so I just tried to stay positive. That’s when my Dad really helped me out. My Mom, they can notice when I was down because I’ve been playing baseball my whole life, that’s all I really know how to do but it was also good for me to learn what other aspects of life I can improve on besides baseball so I got a little break from baseball and focused on my school work. It was a good learning experience for me.”

Vancouver Canadians Logan Warmoth Nate Pearson

Pearson with fellow Blue Jays 2017 first round pick Logan Warmoth.


Pearson on having fun at the park.

“That’s what I’m all about. I’m always about having fun. I’m always messing around with the guys. If you’re not having fun, then why are you here? I fell in love with this game by having fun with it. I’m always going to show up and try to have some fun with it.”


My thanks to Nate Pearson for taking the time to chat with me and to C’s Media Relations Assistant Sharlene Canning for arranging the interview.

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C’s Recap – Spiwak’s Slam & Samad’s Swat Salvage Series Split In Spokane

Vancouver Canadians Owen Spiwak

Owen Spiwak slammed his first home run in the Northwest League to put Spokane away Saturday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians made sure the Spokane Indians would not celebrate a walk-off win or a victory of any kind as the C’s stuck it to the home side in their series finale by a score of 10-1 at Avista Stadium Saturday. The C’s were able to split the four-game set and completed the season series against Spokane by winning nine of out 12.

Vancouver Canadians Logan Warmoth

Logan Warmoth gave the C’s a lead they would not relinquish thanks to an RBI single that led to two runs in his first at-bat.


Demarcus Evans received the start for Spokane and had trouble throwing strikes by walking Reggie Pruitt and Norberto Obeso before Logan Warmoth drilled a 3-1 pitch up the middle that was muffed by Miguel Aparicio. That misplay allowed allowed both Pruitt and Obeso to score for a quick 2-0 lead. Kacy Clemens worked Evans for another walk before Brock Lundquist singled to shortstop Chris Seise to load the bases. Seise would boot a groundball from Samad Taylor that scored Warmoth for the third Canadians run. Evans struck out Cameron O’Brien for his first out and his last batter after 30 pitches in total. Ismel Lopez would get Bryan Lizardo and Owen Spiwak to go down swinging as Spokane would strike out the side.

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Dalton Rodriguez got the first 10 outs of the game for the C’s without being scored upon.


With a 3-0 lead to work with, Dalton Rodriguez had a quick first inning that included a strikeout of Seise and overcame a double to Matt Whatley to start the second by getting the next three hitters in a row.

Lopez struck out Pruitt and Lopez in a 1-2-3 second but lost his mojo in the third as he walked Clemens and Lundquist before O’Brien singled with one out to load the bases. Lizardo drew the third walk of the inning to bring Clemens home but it was Spiwak who delivered the kill shot with a grand slam to right field to double Vancouver’s lead from four to eight. Pruitt then collected an infield single to second and was doubled home by Obeso to make it 9-0 C’s. That led to Lopez leaving the game for Samir Vivas, who struck out Warmoth and got Clemens to ground out to first to stop the bleeding.

The bottom of the third saw Rodriguez have to deal with a couple of baserunners after an infield single to short and a base hit to Aparicio with one out. Rodriguez struck out Seise and Ratliff also swung at strike three but he got to first on a wild pitch to put three runners on. Rodriguez would strand them all by getting Whatley looking at strike three.

Vancouver Canadians Miguel Burgos

Miguel Burgos ran his record to 3-0 with 2-2/3 innings of one-run relief.


After the C’s were retired in order in the top of the fourth, Rodriguez saw his night come to an end after an Austin O’Banion single and a Curtis Terry strikeout. Lefthander Miguel Burgos came into the game and walked his first batter in Isaias Quiroz but he got the final two outs without incident.

Spiwak followed up his grand slam with one-out walk in the fifth but that was it for the C’s bats as Vivas struck out Pruitt and Obeso. In the bottom half of the inning, Aparicio led off with a base hit but after a Seise lineout to center, he was forced out on a 6-4-3 double play by Tyler Ratliff.

Spokane made changes in the outfield and on the mound with Nick Kaye and Jonah McReynolds replacing Aparicio and Ratliff in center and right and Alex Speas took the ball for Spokane in the sixth and struck out Clemens on the way to a clean inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Burgos saw the first three batters when Whatley doubled, O’Banion was plunked and Terry singled. Burgos got Quiroz first-pitch swinging as he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to bring in Whatley. After walking Kole Enright, Burgos kept the damage at one run by getting Cristian Inoa to fly out.

The seventh started promisingly enough for the C’s when Taylor walked and O’Brien was hit by a pitch but Speas struck out the side all looking as Lizardo, Spiwak and pinch-hitter Brandon Polizzi could not pull the trigger.

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Jake Fishman tossed three shutout innings to wrap up the game for the C’s.


Polizzi stayed in the game to take over for Pruitt in center and Deiferson Barreto replaced Warmoth at short. They played behind a new pitcher in Jake Fishman and he navigated around a McReynolds single to send the game to the eighth.

Argenis Rodriguez was on the mound for Spokane and retired the side in order and Fishman only faced three hitters as well as he produced a 6-4-3 double play ball from Terry to wipe out an O’Banion single.

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Samad Taylor gave Vancouver double-digits in the run column with his second homer of the season.


Taylor gave Vancouver its 10th run by knocking one out of the park to right field for the second straight Saturday off Rodriguez in the ninth. The C’s then filled up the bases as O’Brien singled to center, Lizardo singled to third and Polizzi  reached on a strikeout/wild pitch but Obeso struck out to end the rally to mark the fourth K of the inning after Lundquist and Spiwak went down swinging.

Fishman returned for the ninth and Spokane got two runners on with one out when Kaye walked and Inoa singled but Seise rapped into a 6-4-3 game-ending double play.

C-Notes

C's Notes

Vancouver was outhit 10-9 but they drew eight walks to somewhat offset a startling 16 strikeouts. Only Cameron O’Brien had a two-hit game for the C’s. Pruitt, Obeso, Brock Lundquist, Taylor, Lizardo and Spiwak all had one hit and one walk while Clemens had two bases on balls. Vancouver was 4-for-17 with runners 180 feet away from home or less and left 10 men on.

Rodriguez racked up five strikeouts and scattered four hits over 3-1/3 shutout innings. Burgos stranded a runner for Rodriguez but was nicked for a run on three hits and two walks over 2-2/3 innings. Fishman got around three hits and a walk with five groundball outs to put up three zeros on the linescore to earn his first save and to bring his earned run average down to 1.17.

Mattingly Romanin has returned to the C’s from the Lansing Lugnuts per the Northwest League transactions page. The Burlington, Ontario native was hitting .278 in his last 10 contests with Lansing but had a batting line of .204/.261/.296 with 10 doubles and 10 runs batted in over 31 games.

Romanin’s addition gives the Canadians more infield depth given that Cullen Large was placed on the 60-day disabled list recently after a hand injury and Kevin Vicuna was promoted recently to Lansing. Pitchers Dany Jimenez and Matt Shannon are still on the disabled list. They haven’t pitched since July 1 and 7 respectively.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s begin a stretch of six games against the Everett AquaSox with the first three games back at Nat Bailey Stadium. Sunday’s series opener is set for 5:05 pm while Monday and Tuesday’s games will go at 7:05 pm. Those games can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com. Each team won two of three in its home park early in the season. Vancouver is now tied with Tri-City for top spot in the Northwest League North Division at 14-10 while Spokane is one game out and Everett is two out.

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C’s Recap – Blue Jays Draft Pick Riley Adams Speaks At Vancouver SABR Meeting

Vancouver Canadians Riley Adams

Vancouver Canadians catcher Riley Adams at the Vancouver SABR meeting at Nat Bailey Stadium.


The Vancouver chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research hosted a recent gathering at the home run porch in left field at Nat Bailey Stadium. One of the special guests to speak with the crowd was Vancouver Canadians catcher Riley Adams. The former University of San Diego Torero spent about 20 minutes talking about his baseball career and answering some questions from the audience in afterwards.

The following is a transcription of some of the topics the Blue Jays third round pick and Northwest League All-Star addressed in chronological order.


Adams on playing in Vancouver in his first professional season.

“It doesn’t get much better than this for my first professional summer. Vancouver is a beautiful city so I have zero complaints being able to play baseball in this beautiful city.”

Adams on being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round of the 2014 draft out of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. 

“Out of high school, I definitely developed late. Something that hurt me out of high school, I guess, during my draft year was the fact I did play multiple sports. I played basketball for our high school . I enjoyed the physical side of that, something you don’t get in baseball. (You can) have some fun, push around with the guys and do things like that. I didn’t go to all these giant showcases that high school guys did, playing a lot of tournaments. I think a lot of times now you see in high school a specialization sport I don’t agree with necessarily and I think you got to go out there and play as many things as you want. I knew baseball was what I wanted to do but I enjoyed basketball too. I kind of developed a little late in baseball. I didn’t have a mindset one way or the other to go to college because of the draft, it was ‘Hey, I’m going to college. It was a good opportunity and if the draft was there and if the money they want to invest in me is high enough, of course I’ll go in the draft and play ball. Out of high school, the money they (the Chicago Cubs in 2014) had offered was not enough to pull me away from the park.”

Adams on how he became a catcher.

“Growing up, I was a shortstop. I think almost every kid growing up was a shortstop at some point. I really like that position. I started in high school as a shortstop and after my first year of high school, the varsity team that I was on, we didn’t have a catcher so my coach just asked me out of the blue, ‘Hey, do you want to give it a shot?’ I always liked it, I always thought it was fun to throw the gear on and being involved and everything so it’s been a pretty easy transition for me since I outgrew the shortstop position. I was glad I made that change because I don’t think I’d be in this position right now.”

 Adams on why he did not become a pitcher.

“I didn’t know how to throw a curveball or throw strikes”

Adams on trying to hit at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Basically, at night time, you can’t hit from that Whistler Grey (sign in center field) to right field, it’s almost a graveyard out there. It’s a very tough hitter’s park and I heard this bullpen was only added a few years ago or recently and that hasn’t even helped I think.”

“It’s easier to call a game and catching it because you can play into that , especially when you have guys like Reggie (Pruitt) in center who can track down a fly ball.“

“Certain hitters have certain tendencies. I’m a bigger guy with longer levers with long arms. Naturally, I’m going to have some lift to it, so that’s still my style. I’m going to fly out a few more times, I know that. When I go to other places, it’s the same swing all the time.“

Adams on his style of hitting. 

“My power is straight center. I don’t believe I’m a pull hitter. When I was doing my earlier work (batting practice), I was trying to catch you guys a few times (with home runs into the left field porch). I’m still trying to work on pulling the ball. This park, it’s a little tricky, it kind of messes with your head a little bit but you can’t play to the field. I play to the field when I’m catching and calling the game, you play to that but when you’re hitting, you don’t have that much control over it”

Adams on attempting to go for the cycle earlier this season after homering, doubling and singling.

“I was out by a few steps, yeah. It’s been a while since I hit a triple. Catching does wear down your legs so that it something that happens. My speed isn’t what it used to be.“

Adams on the San Diego Padres great and San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn.

“I never played against him when he was coaching. Some of the coaches I had at USD actually, they told a lot of stories. He is one of the greatest hitters of all time.”

Adams on pitch framing or “keeping a strike a strike”.

“One of the biggest things (the Jays) preach here is to not necessarily make balls into strikes. At this level, these umpires, this is their minor leagues too so they’re still learning and trying to get better. You might get away with something when you try to make a ball a strike. When you get higher up, the coaches tell me…When there’s a pitch that’s in there, you got to keep it there.”

Adams on Nat Bailey Stadium vs. Northwest League stadiums.

“We are very lucky here to have this stadium and the fans that are here. I think it ‘s easily the best venue here. I think it’s the most professional stadium (in the Northwest League). For a power hitter, it’s a pretty tough place to be.”

“We were in Hillsboro. That was a very nice field. It’s all turf so you rarely get a bad hop. Boise is not a fun (stadium) to play in when its 100 degrees.”

Adams on game-planning for opposing hitters.

“We like to pitch more towards the pitcher’s strengths rather than the hitter’s weaknesses.”

Adams on trash-talking.

“I’m not too good at trash talking. That’s not my game”

(Editor’s note/pro tip – I wouldn’t recommend trashing talking to Adams because he has a black belt!).

Adams on going through the draft process in high school and college.

“I was a late bloomer out of high school. I think it was the fall of my senior year of high school when I kind of gotten to notice (scouts at the games). I’d say out of the 30 (major league) teams, maybe 16, 17 of them would come over to the house and meet, just kind of go over to get to know you. See what your parents are like, see what I’m like as a person off the field. Out of college, I had the luxury because I grew up in San Diego, I went to school in San Diego, so it was the same exact scouts that I knew in high school…so I built a little bit of a track record with them.”

“My thoughts were always if a team that wants me, that is a team I want. If a team wants to invest in me, I’ll invest in them.”

Adams on the transition from college to professional baseball.

“It’s a lot different at least when you’re hitting, the way that pitchers pitch you, it’s a lot more fastballs down and they like to come in. Obviously, I’m a taller guy so they might want to pitch in with me. It’ s a lot more fastballs that you got to get ready for and every single pitch that you face is sitting 90-plus. In college, it was a little bit lower but still not super low, I just got to get started a little earlier.”

“The biggest things I’ve learned from the coaching in professional baseball versus college is in college, the success of the team is directly related to the coaching. If the team is struggling, then the coaches get fired. Sometimes they have to coached based on for their jobs. Where as the coaches (in pro ball), if you’re struggling, they’re going to just send you down, send you out, whatever. The coaches really are here to coach, they’re here for the right reasons, to help you get better as an individual.”

On catching Nate Pearson and his 100-MPH fastball.

“Nate Pearson is a very special pitcher. No, I don’t have an extra glove (or extra padding for Pearson’s heater) but (Pearson’s fastball) gets on you a little faster. It wakes you up, that’s for sure. Better not miss (catching the ball) or your hands will be sore for a couple of days.”

Other odds and ends…

  • Adams said his parents outlawed him playing video games going up and always competed against his older brother Cameron.
  • He considers baseball not a game of failure but a game of opportunity.
  • Adams says he plans to work on moving side to side and wanting to be “as athletic as I can at the catching position” in the off-season.
  • Adams played college summer ball in the Alaska, Northwoods and Cape Cod Leagues

Also speaking at the SABR gathering was Arnie Hallgren, a two-time batting champion in the minor leagues in 1955 and 1958. The first player from B.C. to make the 40-man roster of a major league team with the Milwaukee Brewers, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. The Windfield, BC native was teammates with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn.

The Vancouver Canadians Offensive Player of the Year award is named in honour of Hallgren and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Adams finds his name on that award at the end of the 2017 season.

Special thanks to Max Weder for hosting the SABR event and to Kirk Sorensen of BaseballInVancouver.com for the invite. A special thanks to Riley Adams who had to endure a Bronx cheer from his teammates when he returned to the field to resume his pregame workout. It’s never a bad thing to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon at the ballpark talking baseball.

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C’s Recap – Whatley Hell? Spokane Walks Off C’s Again!

Vancouver Canadians Brock Lundquist

Brock Lundquist belted his first professional home run in Spokane Friday.


The Spokane Indians recorded their second straight walk-off win over the Vancouver Canadians with a 3-2 win in 11 innings at Avista Stadium Friday night. The Indians have put themselves in a position to win its first series in four tries against the C’s if they win the series finale Saturday night.

Vancouver Canadians Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson kept his earned run average at triple-zero with three more shutout innings.


It was a marquee pitching matchup as 2016 Texas Rangers first round pick Cole Ragans squared off against 2017 Toronto Blue Jays first rounder Nate Pearson. Both of them set the tone early with two perfect frames with Ragans striking out four and Pearson whiffing Austin O’Banion to conclude the second inning.

Brock Lundquist broke the shutout in a big way by leading off the third inning with his first professional home run to right-center field. Reggie Pruitt drew a two-out walk but Ragans struck out two more to run his total to six. Pearson completed his night with another perfect inning, striking out Curtis Terry for his second K of the game.

Ragans added two more to his strikeout total to overcome a Kacy Clemens single in the top of the fourth. Brody Rodning replaced Pearson in the bottom of the fourth and gave up Spokane’s first hit when Tyler Ratliff singled with two outs but he surrounded that hit with strikeouts of Chris Seise and and Melvin Novoa to keep the C’s ahead,

Lundquist led off the fifth with a base hit but was gunned down trying to steal second by catcher Matt Whatley. Matt Morgan drew a walk afterwards but he was forced out on a 4-3 double play off the bat of Deiferson Barreto.

Rodning yielded a pair of one-out singles to O’Banion and Terry but he also got a double play ball when Logan Warmoth started a 6-3 double play from Kole Enright.

Brandon Polizzi got on base with a one-out walk in the sixth and moved up to second on a balk but Ragans struck out two more to give him double digits in that category.

Spokane would tie the game at 1-1 when Cristian Inoa took Rodning deep to start the home half of the sixth but Rodning recorded three consecutive groundouts to prevent any further damage.

Noah Bremer relieved Ragans in the seventh and gave up a one-out single to Samad Taylor but Bremer started a 1-6-3 double play off the bat of Lundquist to put up a zero on the board.

Vancouver Canadians Brody Rodning

Brody Rodning gave up just one run over four innings Friday night.


Rodning surrendered a pair of one-out base hits from Whatley and O’Banion but he managed to strand them and keep the game tied after seven.

Vancouver Canadians Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan doubled, walked and scored a run in Spokane Friday evening.


Spokane sprung some leaks on defence and allowed the C’s to grab the lead. Morgan wound up at second when Enright threw one away from third. Barreto dropped a bunt to put Morgan at third. Pruitt was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners and Polizzi followed with a bunt to first that was mishandled by Terry, allowing Morgan to cross the plate and Pruitt to get to second. Warmoth lined out to center and Adams hit into a fielder’s choice as the C’s could not add any insurance runs.

William Ouellette replaced Rodning to begin the eighth and struck out Inoa before getting Miguel Aparicio to pop up to Taylor at second. His attempt at 1-2-3 inning was foiled when Seise singled and Ratliff walked but he retired Novoa on a foul pop up to Morgan behind the plate to preserve the lead.

Alex Eubanks struck out the first two batters he faced when he entered the game in the ninth on his way to a three-up, three-down inning.

Ouellette retired the first two hitters he faced, getting Whatley to line out to center and striking out O’Banion before disaster struck when Terry homered to tie the game at 2-2. Enright followed with a single but Inoa grounded out to send this one into extra innings.

Morgan doubled to start off the 10th and Barreto brought home over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Morgan held his ground on a grounder to second by Pruitt but Inoa mishandled it to put runners on the corners. However, Polizzi and Warmoth both struck out to squander an opportunity to take the lead.

Brayden Bouchey was brought in for the bottom half of the 10th and worked around a two-out walk by striking out Aparicio looking and Seise and Nova swinging.

Vancouver got another leadoff base hit when Adams singled to left off Joseph Kuzia but the offence remained stuck in neutral when Clemens hit into a fielder’s choice and Taylor and Lundquist both went down swinging.

The game just lasted one more batter when Whatley homered off Bouchey to give Spokane the walk-off win.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s had lots of trouble making contact in this one by striking out 16 times while getting just six hits and three walks. Lundquist had the lone two-hit game while Morgan was the only other Canadian to reach base twice with a double and a walk. The C’s were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men stranded.

Pearson had five groundball outs and struck out two over three clean innings, throwing 28 of 47 pitches for strikes. Rodning gave up a solo home run and five other hits through four innings, striking out three and walking none. He also recorded five outs on the ground. Ouelette served up the tying homer to blow just his second save opportunity in 11 chances. He surrendered three hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts over two innings. Bouchey suffered the loss by giving up a homer despite three K’s to offset a walk in one-plus innings.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s look to salvage a split of this four-game set at 6:30 pm Saturday at Avista Stadium. The game can be heard at CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040.

Vancouver is now in a first-place tie in the second half North Division standings with Spokane and Tri-City at 13-10 with Everett just one game back at 12-11.

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