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That may have dashed the C’s 1st half title chances

The C’s dropped their 3rd in a row last night with a 5-1 loss to the Boise Hawks.  They now sit 4 and a half back of the Water-Sox with 12 to play.  Fact that none of those 12 are head to heads with Everett means will be very tough to make up the ground.  I had hoped your Vancouver Canadians would clinch the first half title making guaranteed playoff baseball an attractive reason for Jays execs to start shifting some more Bluefield prospects up to sunny Vancouver.  But, all is not lost, for what do I really know?  AA and Andrew Tinnish probably have some grand plan which hopefully includes sending Daniel Norris, Kevin Comer, Dwight Smith Jr, Jacob Anderson, Santiago Nessy, and Roberto Osuna up to Vancouver to experience slightly older pitching/hitting and the excellent sushi this town has to offer.

I realize I’ve been banging the drum for Bluefield’s pitching, but I’m not the only one on the web doing so.  If fact, far more respected sources than I have been doing the same thing.

But I digress.  Javier Avendano took his first loss of the season last night.  Looking at the line, despite the 5 ER’s allowed, it doesn’t look like he pitched all that badly.  He walked none, struck out 7 in 6 innings, and had a 4 to 1 ground out to fly out ratio.  Unfortunately, the ones that did get in the air left the yard.  Of the 7 hits allowed, 3 were for extra bases and there’s where the damage was done.  Zach Breault and Nick Purdy each worked a perfect inning in relief.  I haven’t really taken a close look at the C’s relievers so may do so at some point.  Purdy is part of the C’s Canadian contingent, and is repeating, of sorts.  He made appearances at all 3 short season levels last season.  So far this season, his counting stats look great, but his peripherals are a bit more ordinary.  However, I think they are skewed somewhat as both his earned runs allowed were via the long ball.  Nick is 22, so really needs to get a move on if he wants to advance.  Again, once dominoes start to fall in levels above the C’s then Purdy may get an opportunity at Lansing.

Tonight’s game has added interest as hopefully it’s Matt Johnson’s turn to work an inning……ummm, and oh ya, Marcus Stroman is scheduled to pitch.  Stroman checks in at #4 in BA’s top 10 list as above.  Although I wouldn’t read too much into what he does tonight as has been awhile since he pitched, it will still be interesting to see what the kid has got.  Hopefully the Canadians social media representative senses the enormity of the situation and gives regular tweet-dates (does that work for twitter udpates?).  If he doesn’t, I’m sure Marcus will give us the full rundown from his twitter account after the game.

Comin’ at ya!

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