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Vancouver Canadians are not Perfect

After getting outhit Friday night, the Canadians did the bulk of the hitting last night. Unfortunately, like last Friday, the team with the most hits didn’t come out with the win. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s game.

Kyle Anderson, a non-drafted free-agent, is one of several returnees this year. Last season, Kyle started eight games with moderate success. Unfortunately, for him, when playoff time rolled around, he was on the outside of the rotation looking in. Similar to Friday night’s starter Eric Brown, Kyle is not going to overpower anyone. He needs to hit his spots, and mix his speeds to be effective.

Last night he must have been doing just that, giving up just two earned on two hits over five innings. In fact, he didn’t give up a hit until the fifth, when the damage was done.

Justin James, another undrafted free agent, out of Ava Maria University, came into the game in the sixth, and promptly gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Looking at Justin’s 2012 stats from Bluefield, he struck out near a batter per inning but was a bit too hittable, giving up 13 per 9 innings pitched. He also had a BB/9 ratio of 3.9 which gave him a rather bloated 1.87 WHIP. Not a successful formula for a relief pitcher.

Offensively, as mentioned above, the C’s were very good, just not good enough with runners on. Third basemen Jason Leblebijian was the star of the night with three hits, including a double and home run, and two runs scored. As I mentioned in my media day post, Leblebijian has seen four of the five bottom levels for the Jays in the last year. If he keeps hitting like this, you’d assume his second go ’round in Vancouver could be short.

Both of the 2013 draftees that were assigned to the C’s made their debuts last night. Canadian catcher Mike Reeves came as advertise. Two hits in first two at bats, both singles. Brenden Kalfus went 0 for 2 with a sac fly and rbi.

In an odd bit of scheduling, the rubber match of this three game set in Tri-City goes at 7:15 tonight. You would have thought that, with the C’s on their way back to Vancouver after the game, they’d have scheduled a day game. Instead, they get back in the a.m. Strange.

2011 second rounder Jeremy Gabryszwski, and one of the few genuine prospects on the C’s roster, goes tonight against Johendi Jiminian.

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