TRI CITY, Wash - Despite a comeback in the seventh inning where they scored three times, Vancouver Canadians could not hold off Tri-City Dust Devils in the eighth and fell 4-3 Sunday night in a Northwest League game.
The triumph gave the Dust Devils the opening series of the Class A baseball season 2-1
But the Canadians will put that loss behind them quickly as they welcome Spokane Indians tonight at Nat Bailey Stadium in the first of three games. Games go Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start on Wednesday.
First baseman Jordan Leyland had three hits and his first home run of the season for Canadians, but was charged with a fielding error in the fateful eighth inning when the Dust Devils pushed across three unearned runs.
The Canadians trumped the Dust Devils 9-5 to open the campaign here Friday night but fell to their hosts 4-3 on Saturday in the matcup of the Class A baseball farm clubs of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies.
The Canadians scored four times in each of the fourth and fifth innings on Friday, with third baseman Jason Leblebijian providing the big blow with a triple in the fourth inning. The Canadians were outhit 8-4, but took advantage of 11 walks. First baseman Justin Atkinson had two of the Canadians' hits.
Eric Brown, the first of five Vancouver pitchers who allowed two hits through five innings, earned the win. Peter Tago of the Dust Devils, who yield two hits in 4 2/3 innings but walked seven, took the loss.
On Saturday the Canadians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Leblebijian doubled home one run and scored the second on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Kalfus. Leblebijian also singled and homered in the game and designated hitter Jordan Leyland also had three hits, but the Dust Devils put up two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Carlos Estevez recorded the win for the Dust Devils with a three innings of two-hit, one-run relief. Justin James, who gave up two runs in one inning of relief of starter Kyle Anderson who went the first five innings, took the loss.
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