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Canadians win Fourth of July game over Hillsboro Hops

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Ryan Gebhardt, Hillsboro Hops shortstop, throws to first for an out in Thursday's home game against the Vancouver Canadians.Vancouver Canadians 9, Hillsboro Hops 2

Thursday night at Hillsboro Ballpark

THE STORY

The Hillsboro Hops failed to produce their first two-game winning streak of the season, despite outhitting the Vancouver Canadians 14-8 on Fourth of July fireworks night at the new Hillsboro Ballpark.

Hillsboro committed six errors to none by Vancouver.

The Hops led 3-1 after three innings, but gave up two runs in the top of the fourth, three in the sixth and three in the ninth.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Hops are off to a 1-0 start in the five-game home series. At 5-16, they trail first-place Salem-Keizer by 11 games in the Class A Northwest League South Division.

Vancouver (13-8) has won three games in a row and trails North Division leader Everett by two games.

ATTENDANCE

4,710 (sellout)

TOP HOPS

• Shortstop Ryan Gebhardt (.243 season batting average) and left fielder Yogey Perez-Ramos (.293) each had three hits.

• Designated hitter Ty Linton (.206) drove in both Hillsboro runs with a single in the second inning. The 2010 14th-round draft pick out of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian High has seven RBIs in 11 games for the Hops.by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Jonathan Pulley, Hillsboro Hops starting pitcher, gets on out with a play in the field at Hillsboro Ballpark.

NOTES

• Hillsboro is third in the Northwest League in home attendance, averaging 3,985 after seven games The Spokane Indians lead with a 4,753 average through 11 home dates, and Vancouver is second at 4,411 through nine home appearances.

The Hops moved to Hillsboro this year from their run as the Yakima Bears. Last season, the Bears averaged a league-low 1,629 fans per game.

• Hillsboro starter Jonathan Pulley (0-3) suffered the loss with six runs allowed (three earned) in six innings. He gave up five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

• Hillsboro is 2-5 at home, while Vancouver is 7-2 on the road.

STANDINGS

Northwest League South

Salem-Keizer 15-6

Boise 11-10

Eugene 7-14

Hillsboro 5-16

NEXT FOR HOPS

7 p.m. Friday — Vancouver Canadians vs. Hillsboro Hops, at Hillsboro Ballpark, game two of a five-game series

•  Second-round 2013 draft pick Aaron Blair (0-0) is the probable starter for Hillsboro. It would be his pro debut.

Blair was the 36th overall pick in this year's draft. The parent Arizona Diamondbacks selected the 21-year-old right-hander out of Marshall University. Blair, 6-5, 220 pounds, reportedly got a $1.435 million signing bonus.

Vancouver's scheduled starter is Scott Silverstein (0-0, 9.00), a left-hander who has made one other start this year.