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Beaten But Not Broken in Boise

The Vancouver Canadians did not really come flying out of the traps following their all-star game heroics, losing four straight in Idaho before salvaging the fifth and final game of the series. Fortunately for the C’s, the south division teams did a number on the entirety of the North Division, especially Everett, so Vancouver currently sit in a three way tie for the second half flag.

Of course, with fourteen of their final twenty games at home, that’s not such a bad position to be in.

I’m going to have to dig deep to mine any positives from the bus ride to Boise. Canadian Canadians Shane Dawson and Tom Robson both had good outings and have made a very nice transition to the Northwest League thus far:

Age ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
Shane Dawson* 19 0.64 3 14.0 11 1 1 0 2 19 0.929 7.1 1.3 12.2 9.50
Tom Robson 20 0.51 3 17.2 14 2 1 0 4 12 1.019 7.1 2.0 6.1 3.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/13/2013.

Now, Robson’s 3:1 K/BB ratio is good. Dawson’s is unbelievable, and also unsustainable. Still, both are keeping the ball in the ballpark and not walking very many. A recipe for long term successs. In my initial report on these two, I went against what I said I was going to do and made a 2014 Lansing prediction for the pair of them. If they keep pitching like they have been thus far. That will be a no-brainer.

The other three starters on the trip got hit pretty hard, including, for the third time in a row, Jeremy Gabryszwski. It seems teams are getting a decent read on him the second time they see hm (Spokane being the exception). I look forward to seeing how he reacts against Salem-Keizer on the weekend.

I didn't have a pic of Vazquez, so here's who he replaced (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I didn’t have a pic of Vazquez, so here’s who he replaced (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Offensively the C’s were ok, putting up fourty-five hits over the five games. Nobody really stood out, but will mention Christian Vazquez, subbing for the injured Dickie Thon Jr., who’s seven hits in Boise almost matched his total of eight from his previous twenty games.

It just seemed that whenever the C’s offense got a run or two on the board, especially late, the bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain by putting up a zero.

This has been a problem throughout the season. If you look through the names, only Matthew Johnson and Chuck Ghysels are putting up WHIPS near 1.000. At this level, development is the main priority, but if the C’s are in a similar position in the standings nearer the end of August, it may be time to nail down set roles in the ‘pen and stick with them. Scott Silverstein, Matt Dermody, and Alonzo Gonzalez can fill the long roles while Ghysels, Johnson, and recently added, former C, Drew Permison can shut the door late.

Notes From the Pressbox:

As mentioned above. Drew Permison joined the team back in Vancouver while Colton Turner re-joined from Lansing and got the start against Everett. Turner struggled in his return to the Nat, giving up eight hits and five earned over four and two thirds.

The twitter-verse was a bit excited when Sean Ratcliffe showed up on the league transactions page as being promoted from the GCL Jays to the Canadians. The Ajax, Ontario native and 2013 18th round draft pick would have been the sixth Canadian Canadian. Surely a single season record (seven if you count the promoted Eric Brown) for Canadians in Vancouver. At just eighteen and with only eight professional innings pitched under his belt, Ratcliffe’s promo did seem fishy, and sure enough, it was confirmed on arrival to the press box that he’s not officially on the C’s roster.

Apparently his promotion has something to do with the 18 and under baseball world cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Will investigate further.

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