Almost exactly a year after winning the Short Season Single A championship, the Vancouver Canadians won’t be in the playoffs this year.
Nat Bailey aficionados are used to seeing the team crank out the wins, and for most of this year that was the case. As recently as last week, it seemed like the Canadians were a lock for the big dance.
Alas, a rough stretch run combined with the Spokane Indians getting hot at the right time spelled the end for Vancouver.
A series with Everett where the AquaSox took two of three in the last days of August meant that the winner of a Canadians-Indians series to end the season would make the playoffs.
Despite the C’s having pitcher of the year Josh Winckowski on the mound for the first contest on Saturday, the Indians were able to score six runs, while Spokane ace Jake Latz struck out 11 Vancouver batters and only allowed one hit in five-and-a-half innings. In total, the Canadians managed two hits and no runs.
Vancouver kept things considerably tighter in the second match on Sunday, but still couldn’t muster up a win despite the season being on the line. Again, the Canadians only managed two hits.
There will be considerable roster turnover next season (there always is), but many involved in the franchise and the fans who witnessed the last stretch of the season have to be disappointed with the way things played out.
Unfortunately, Vancouver sports fans will have to wait until next summer to enjoy the best sporting atmosphere in the city.
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