The Salt Lake Buzz waited through a one-hour, 24-minute rain delay only to get drenched Friday night by the Vancouver Canadians.
The Canadians and Buzz were tied after five innings when the game was delayed for nearly 1 1/2 hours. When the rain let up, Vancouver poured it on. The Canadians scored 10 runs in the seventh inning to rip Salt Lake 16-5 at Franklin Quest Field.Vancouver, winners of eight straight games - all on the road - improved to 27-17 with the victory. Salt Lake fell to 25-24.
The Canadians sent 14 batters to the plate in the seventh inning, only five of whom got hits. Two others reached base on fielding errors and Buzz pitchers - three in all - surrendered five walks in the frame. The 10 runs given up in a single inning was the most this season and tied a dubious team-record for Salt Lake. Buzz pitcher Kevin Legault started the inning, giving up four runs to be saddled with the loss. Dom Konieczki relieved Legault, but failed to get any of the seven batters he faced out. Finally, Mike Misuraca was able to retire the side.
The game was actually close through the first six innings. The Buzz trailed 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth during a heavy rainstorm. A sacrifice fly by second baseman Brian Raabe and an RBI single by third baseman Todd Walker tied the game at 5-5 when the umpires delayed the game.
The Canadians aren't known for their power. In fact, Vancouver entered Friday night's game against with a PCL-low 13 home runs in 43 contests.
But Salt Lake starter Marc Barcelo gave up three homers - one each to first baseman Chris Pritchett, Jovino Carvajal and Aaron Ledesma. The good news for Barcelo was that all of the homer were solo shots. Barcelo (0-0), who gave up five runs in five innings on 10 hits, has now started seven games for the Buzz this year but has yet to earn a pitching decision.
Buzz right fielder Matt Lawton had a big night, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Raabe had a pair of hits - including a double - and two RBIs.
BUZZ BRIEFS: Former BYU quarterback Ryan Hancock is scheduled make his Franklin Quest Field debut tonight. Hancock, a right-handed starting pitcher, is 2-3 with a 3.59 ERA for the Canadians. He'll go up against Salt Lake right-hander Brett Roberts (4-3, 5.40 ERA) . . . . Sunday's game against the Canadians has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. so that it won't conflict with the Jazz-Sonics game 4 that afternoon . . . . Former Buzz pitcher Rich Robertson has had a hard-luck season so far for the parent Minnesota Twins. But Friday night he hurled a complete-game 4-0 shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays for his first victory of the year. Robertson is now 1-7.