Canadians clobber Hops with 22-hit parade
Vancouver Canadians 16, Hillsboro Hops 4
Saturday night at Hillsboro Ballpark
The Vancouver Canadians led 10-1 after four innings and finished with 22 hits as they took a 2-1 lead in their five-game series with the Hillsboro Hops.
Eleven of the 12 Canadians who went to the plate had at least one hit; substitute catcher Matt Hill was 0 for 1.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Hops gave up a season high in runs; the previous high against them was 10 by Salem-Keizer, which had 14 hits in that game.
Hillsboro's offensive leader this season, Zachary Esquerra, was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. He raised his batting average to .321. He had the Hops' only extra-base hit.
Hillsboro starter Ben Eckels (1-3, 4.56) lasted only 2 1/3 innings. He surrendered six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.
The next Hops pitcher, Alex Byo, was touched for nine hits and five runs, all earned, in two innings, and then Patrick Smith gave up eight hits and five runs, all earned, in 3 1/3 innings.
The winning pitcher, Kyle Anderson (2-0, 3.71) is from Woodinville, Wash. He tossed five innings, giving up three earned runs (four total) and five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
Vancouver is 14-9 and still two games behind first-place Everett in the NWL North.
Northwest League South
NEXT FOR HOPS
1:30 p.m. Sunday Vancouver Canadians vs. Hillsboro Hops, at Hillsboro Ballpark, game four of the five-game series
Braden Shipley (0-0, 0.00), the Arizona Diamondbacks' top draft pick of 2013, gets his second start with the Hops. The former North Medford High and University of Nevada right-hander hurled two scoreless innings July 2 at Eugene.
Vancouver is expected to start Jeremy Gabryszwski (2-0, 1.17).