Vancouver Canadians take Game 1 of Northwest League Final

 Promoted from Bluefield prior to the game, outfielder Chavez Young went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Vancouver Canadians on Saturday to help them to a 7-5 win. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Promoted from Bluefield prior to the game, outfielder Chavez Young went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Vancouver Canadians on Saturday to help them to a 7-5 win. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Jay Blue

Blue Jays From Away

The Vancouver Canadians kept their roll going, making use of some fresh blood to take a 1-0 lead in the Northwest League final series.

Vancouver Canadians 7, Eugene Emeralds 5

The Vancouver Canadians (3-0) continued their unbeaten run in the playoffs by beating the Eugene Emeralds 7-5 in the first game of the finals. Down 4-2 going into the top of the fifth inning, the Canadians scoring four runs to give them a lead that they wouldn't surrender

Juan Nunez was the starter and helped get the Canadians in a hole, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Graham Spraker followed and, while one of the two runners he inherited from Nunez scored, he didn't give up a hit and went 1 2/3 innings scoreless innings of his own, striking out two. Brody Rodning gave up an unearned run, walking two but without getting an out and Brayden Bouchey threw three no-hit innings, striking out four to prevent any further damage. Orlando Pascual struck out four in the last two innings, earning the save, allowing only one hit.

Chavez Young led the offence, leading off the third inning with a solo home run and also hitting a single and scoring in the four-run fifth. Logan Warmoth was 2/5 with a run and Kacy Clemens was 2/5 with an RBI and two runs. Brock Lundquist was 2/5 with a double and an RBI while Riley Adams was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base.

Player of the Game: Chavez Young

Roster Notes: Chavez Young and Graham Spraker were promoted from Bluefield.

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.