Big Inning Puts Vancouver's Season On Brink

<b>This is a free preview of premium content. </b> <br><br> A five-run bottom of the fifth inning was the Canadians undoing, as they were unable to regain the lead in losing to Boise, 9-7. Vancouver's season can end after one more loss, as Boise will look for the first round sweep on Thursday in Vancouver.

Vancouver started the game off well, as they loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning. However, they were unable to capitalize, as a strikeout of Richie Robnett. a Landon Powell RBI force out, and a Tom Everidge fly out ended the inning with only one run scored. Boise tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI triple by Ryan Harvey off of starter and eventual loser Michael Rogers. Harvey homered twice in last night's game. Boise then took the lead with a single run in the bottom of the second inning. The run scored on a fielding error by leftfielder Nick Blasi.

The Canadians tied the score in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double from Landon Powell after Robnett led off the inning with a walk. Powell was stranded at second, however, in yet another lost opportunity by the Canadians. The game soon unraveled on Vancouver when Boise pounded out five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Rogers and reliever Daniel Acevedo. In total, Boise had four hits and two walks in the inning.

Vancouver made it a game again when they scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Canadians loaded the bases with no-one out when Ryan Ruiz, Gregorio Petit and Blasi all singled. Kurt Suzuki struck out, but Javier Herrera made sure that Vancouver didn't waste another opportunity when he crushed a grand slam, making the game a 7-6 contest. All momentum gained from the grand slam was lost in the bottom of the seventh when reliever Chris Howay, who had recorded the final out in the bottom of the fifth and had worked a scoreless sixth, allowed lead off back-to-back homeruns to Ryan Harvey and Kyle Boyle. The homerun was Harvey's third of the series.

Vancouver made one more run at tying the game with a ninth inning rally. Herrera led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a throwing error on a rightfielder. Robnett scored Herrera with a single, cutting Boise's lead to 9-7. However, Powell grounded into a rally-killing double-play, and even a two-out double couldn't revive the scoring threat.

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