Vancouver Canadians one win from Northwest League title

 Left-hander Travis Bergen tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Vancouver Canadians on Monday, allowing just one hit while striking out four. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Left-hander Travis Bergen tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Vancouver Canadians on Monday, allowing just one hit while striking out four. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Jay Blue

Blue Jays From Away

With a win in a very close game (thanks to a strong pitching staff), the Vancouver Canadians moved out in front of the Eugene Emeralds 2-1 in their best-of-five series.

Vancouver Canadians 2, Eugene Emeralds 1

The Vancouver Canadians (2-1) got down early to the Eugene Emeralds but scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a lead in their Northwest League Finals series with a 2-1 victory.

Brock Lundquist continues to swing a hot bat, going 1/3 with a home run for the Canadians. Kacy Clemens was 1/2 with a walk and the club's other RBI on a ground out in the fourth. Norberto Obeso hit a double, going 1/3 and that was the only other hit the Canadians had.

An excellent pitching performance got the Canadians through the game with the win. Nate Pearson started, tossing four innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Graham Spraker got the win for throwing a scoreless fifth and Travis Bergen provided 2 2/3 innings relief, allowing just a hit and two walks with four strikeouts. William Ouellette got the save, stranding two runners and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.

Player of the Game: Brock Lundquist

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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.