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Mother Nature Snaps Canadians Streak

I suppose it was going to have to be snapped somehow. Since Salem-Keizer couldn’t do it on their own accord, they needed to call in some re-inforcements. Mother nature was hired and delivered the requisite amount of rain to finish Sunday’s game after five innings. It just so happened that in the top of the fifth, the C’s had scored one to halve the deficit. You know that given even another inning, the comeback kids would have pulled off their sixth straight. Fishy.

The C’s attempt to start a new streak tonight, finishing off their five game stand in Salem-Keizer before moving on to Spokane for three. Right hander and UBC alum Eric Brown looks to win his third straight to start his season versus San Francisco’s 2012 17th rounder Chris Johnson.

The pitching over the weekend was a bit hit and miss. Friday saw 2011 2nd rounder, and one of the few prospects on the C’s, Jeremy Gabryszwski go five strong, giving up one earned on six hits, striking out three. After Brandon Dorsett and Justin D’Alessandro locking things down for three innings, Chuck Ghysels did his best to make things interesting giving up two to make the final 5-4.

On Saturday the roles were reversed somewhat as starter Bobby Brosnahan gave up six earned in his three innings of work. With nine hits and three walks giving him a tidy 4.00 WHIP on the day, you are not going to be very successful. The bullpen were sensational though, with four relievers pitching six shutout innings. That effort gave the offense a chance. One they took, scoring seven runs in innings six through eight to take it 8-6.

I wrote briefly of Dickie Thon Jr’s struggles after their game last Wednesday. I took quite a few notes on his at bats and had intended to make a full post on his slow start. That may have to wait until I see him again, as he was the undisputed offensive star of the weekend. The right-handed hitting shortstop went five for eleven with three extra base hits, upping his ISO to a palatable .135. He only struck out twice during the three games, lowering his K rate to 27.5%. Still too high, but hopefully trending downwards.

Mike Reeves meets hit teammates (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Mike Reeves meets hit teammates (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Canadian catcher, and 2013 draft pick, Mike Reeves has come exactly as advertised. The Florida Gulf Coast University product was an on base machine during his college career, finishing with a .404 OBP. So far, wood bats and pro pitching haven’t phased him in the slightest as he’s put up a ridiculous .462/.611/.538 slash line through five games. It’s a tiny sample size and things will normalize, but when you’re more used to writing about rookies and their struggles, it’s a refreshing change to see someone fly out of the gate.

Reeves caught two of the three games over the weekend going two for four with three walks. Unbelievably, despite being on base in five of his seven plate appearances he didn’t score any runs.

Salem-Keizer were 5-1 entering the five game set with the C’s, so all in all, it’s been a good series for Vancouver. A win tonight would would make it that much better, keeping the Canadians in touch with North division leading Everett Aquasox.

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