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Canadians do the Salem-Kiezer Shuffle

After their afternoon win versus Spokane on Tuesday got them back to evens in the win/loss column, the C’s were given their first night off in Vancouver. I have it on good authority that a few took in the Whitecaps win over Chivas USA. Let’s hope they didn’t imbibe too much in Granville Island’s finest as they had a 4:30 am call time back at the Nat to jump on the two buses to Spokane.

As I mentioned yesterday, the position players bus was short a big piece with Jason Leblebijian on his way to Lansing. This

Is this the last pic of Jason Leblebijian in C's colours? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Is this the last pic of Jason Leblebijian in C’s colours? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

begat a bit of a domino effect at third base as the Lugs Gustavo Pierre headed south to Dunedin where he made his Florida State League debut against the Daytona Cubs. Ryan Schimpf started at third for New Hampshire but you have to assume that is the last time he’ll man the hot corner for awhile. Andy Burns must be arriving soon. I’ll be very interested to see how the Jays 2013 breakout prospect handles double-A pitching. The 2011 Vancouver C has improved at each level he’s seen. If he handles Eastern League pitching, then we truly have something.

How did this re-shuffle affect Vancouver? Well, I’m not sure when he arrived, but 2013 36th round pick David Harris made his debut at third on Thursday. Harris, a shortstop in college for the University of Southern Arkansas, was the Great American Conference player of the year in 2013 putting up a .358/.434/.679 slash line. USA (see what I did there) is a division two school so really not sure how his stats will translate to wood bats and pro pitching, but with his mix of power and speed, it should be fun to watch.

His debut wasn’t the best, going 0 for 3 with 2 strike outs. Long season though, am keen to see him when the C’s return.

To the game. It seems the early morning bus ride had a mild affect on the team as the bats took seven innings to wake up, scoring five runs over the final two innings to secure a 6-4 win and climb over .500. Offensively the C’s knocked out eleven hits, with three having two hit games. Two really needed it, as Dickie Thon Jr and Ronnie Melendez have been struggling. Jordan Leyland has been red hot, OPSing 1.058 so far, but for a first basemen/dh his numbers are skewed by his unsustainable .516 OBP. Hey, I love a guy that can get on base, but you would hope (and I’m sure Jordan would agree) Leyland could up his extra base hit percentage to over 10% of his hit total.

Kyle Anderson had a reasonable start, striking out six in five and two thirds. He did give up four earned on seven hits. Two of the runs were in the 6th which may have seen Kyle fatiguing somewhat. Surprisingly, it was the much maligned (so far at least) bullpen that stepped up this game, shutting down Salem-Keizer over the final three and a third, giving up only two hits while striking out seven.

Independent league signing Jonathan Kountis had a bit of a ride for the save, walking two, giving up a hit, and striking out the side.

Jeremy Gabryszwski shoots for his second straight quality start tonight, as the Canadians look to build on their current streak.

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