Vancan Outta The Blue


C’s Game Of The Season
August 21, 2011, 13:38
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By Josh Hall

Simply put, last night’s Northwest League game between the Vancouver Canadians and Everett Aquasox was the game of the season. The fact it was fireworks night turned out to be an incredible complimentary bonus.

It was something out of a storybook. Included were a storybook beginning, a storybook dilemma and a storybook ending. No sporting event that I have been to live has ever been as exciting, even a Canucks game.

Before the C’s even had an opportunity to swing a bat, it was 3-0 Everett. The game was over and there was no hope of coming back. Those three runs were scored on four hits allowed by RHP Zack Breault.

Alas, the Canadians finally secured three outs, stepped up to the plate, and 1B Kevin Patterson slugged the first of three homers on the night for the C’s. That cut the lead to 3-2.

Breault stayed in, it was 4-3 after two innings and it was clear to everyone in the sold out crowd that this game was going to be a long one. Ultimately, it lasted just under 4 hours.

The C’s never led and it was the bottom of the 9th when that fact looked like it may stay that way. Down 9-6, a smattering of great play which involved singles, bunts and eventually runs, saw the Canadians go through the whole order. This also included some clutch pinch running from 1B Yeico Aponte who came in for the worn out Kevin Patterson. With two outs and runners in scoring position, it looked like the hometown boys may be able to pull off the comeback in the B9, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Aquasox pitcher Krakowiak locked down the final out of regulation.

For the second time this week, the C’s were headed for extras and the crowd was abuzz. The stage was set for an amazing comeback to be completed, that storybook ending to take place.

Top of the 10th, the Aquasox hardly threatened on some great relief pitching from RHP Philip Brua. Bottom of 10, on the power of a couple walks and singles, the bases were juiced. Cinderella was ready for the ball. All due respect, last night’s Cinderella was Nick Baligod, who up until his final at bat, was 0-3. The summer air filled Nat Bailey, the pitch came down and Baligod crushed the offering over the right field wall like it was pack of rotten eggs. Ecstasy is one way to put it. The walk-off Grand Slam meant a 13-9 victory and the highest run total of the season for the C’s.

It also meant the C’s moved to within 7 games of the 2nd half lead, which they are more pulling for Eugene to win, only 3 games back.

Twas a storybook ending…and cue the fireworks!

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