Vancouver Canadians Notebook – July 24, 2004

<b>This is a free preview of premium content.</b><br> The Vancouver Canadians, bolstered by the addition of some recently signed 2004 draft picks, defeated the Spokane Indians, 4-2. Find out who picked up his first homerun and who is off to a hot start to the season in this edition of the Vancouver Canadians Notebook...

Oakland A's first round draft pick Landon Powell had gone his first two games in his professional career without a hit. With one strong swing in the 7th inning of Saturday night's game, Powell ensured that he wouldn't go a third game without a hit.

Powell homered in his third at-bat of the evening which gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead. The Canadians coughed up that lead in the bottom of the 7th inning, but took advantage of some sloppy Spokane defense to score the two decisive runs in the top of the 9th inning. The Canadians won the game 4-2, upping their record to 16-19 on the season.

The winning run scored on an odd sequence in the top of the 9th. Fellow first round draft pick Richie Robnett lead off the inning with a single to centerfield. Third baseman Myron Leslie followed with a ball hit back to the pitcher. The ball was thrown into centerfield. Spokane centerfielder Brandon Boggs then threw the ball away again and Robnett came all the way around to score. Leslie ended up at third base.

He was still at third base with two outs, as first baseman Tom Everidge flew out to shallow right field and pinch-hitter Nick Blasi struck out looking. Shortstop Gregorio Petit came through with a two-out single, however, giving the Canadians an insurance run. Dallas Braden scattered two hits in the bottom of the 9th, but left the runners stranded in picking up his first save. Reliever Clay Tichota picked up his second win by working three innings, giving up only one run and two hits.


Richie Robnett went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the game. He played rightfield for the Canadians. Robnett has had a hot start to his professional career. Through three games, he has five hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored.

Center fielder Javier Herrera might be the next Canadian to receive a promotion to Modesto or Kane County. The exciting 19-year old has been on fire since the beginning of the short-season. He has compiled a .375 BA with a .440 OBP and a .621 SLG over 32 games. He has also stolen 11 bases in 12 opportunities. The A's farm system is arguably weakest on outfielders, so Herrera's progress will likely be monitored closely as he rises through the system.

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