For a game as wild as this, the ending should have been more spectacular.
The Salt Lake Buzz fell behind 2-0 to the Vancouver Canadians in their Pacific Coast League Northern Division playoff series after the home team scored in the bottom of the 12th to win, 7-6, Saturday night at Nat Bailey Stadium.The winning run came with two outs and runners on first and second, when Marquis Riley slapped a soft liner over third base that scored John Jackson. Buzz leftfielder Marty Cordova attempted an off-balance throw home, but it wasn't very close. Oscar Munoz took the loss, Mike James was the winner.
Not much of a conclusion to a game that lasted more than 24 hours (it was the resumption of a rain-suspended contest begun Friday) and featured a come-from-behind grand slam and a pitcher shoving an umpire, among other things.
Both teams squandered opportunities in extra innings. The Canadians loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but hit into a double play to end the inning, and the Buzz had the same situation in the 11th but couldn't score.
The Canadians also threatened in the 11th, putting runners on second and third with two out before Mark Sweeney grounded out.
In the 12th, with one out, Salt Lake's Jeff Carter doubled, then advanced to third on Brian Raabe's groundout. But Scott Stahoviak grounded to first, making Carter the 15th Buzz runner left on base in the game.
Game 3 of the series began 20 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2, with Mike Misuraca on the mound for Salt Lake and Mark Ratekin pitching for Vancouver.
Dave Stevens, the Buzz reliever who shoved umpire Bud Dunklin Friday night, was suspended for Game 3 but would be eligible if the Buzz force a Game 4 Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (MDT).
Colo. Springs at Albuquerque, susp.
At Albuquerque, N.M., Game 4 of the Pacific Coast League's Southern Division playoff series between Colorado Springs and Albuquerque was suspended because of heavy rain and lightning. Dukes officials said the game would resume at 1 p.m. today.