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Deaza mystifies Eugene.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

Not only did Vancouver shut out Eugene, but the Ems got only as far as halfway home one time.

Vancouver starter Inoel Deaza and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as Vancouver defeated Eugene 7-0 in front of 2,466 on Monday night in Northwest League baseball at Civic Stadium.

Deaza, who had allowed 13 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings pitched during his previous four starts, allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings.

Eugene third baseman Matt Antonelli had a double in the first inning, but then Deaza held the Ems hitless until Craig Cooper hit a single to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Antonelli was the only Eugene player to reach second base on his first-inning double.

"(Deaza) was around the zone pretty good, and he mixed it up and kept us off balance," Antonelli said. "It was one of those nights where we did not get too many hits or too many breaks to go our way, but that happens every now and then."

Eugene, which was coming off a road trip to Spokane where it won four of five games, opened a six-game homestand by losing its third home game in a row.

"It's just a little bump in the road, but we played well at Spokane and tonight is not going to carry over into tomorrow," Antonelli said.

Vancouver took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Lorenzo Macias hit a one-out triple. Ramiro Mendez followed with a grounder that went through pitcher Drew Miller's legs for an error that allowed Macias to score.

Mendez stole second and went to third base on a throwing error by catcher Kody Valverde. Larry Cobb singled home Mendez for the second unearned run of the inning.

The Canadians batted through the order and scored five runs on five straight hits and another Eugene error to take a 7-0 lead in the top of the third.

Notes: Two of the league's top pitchers face off tonight when Eugene's Matt Buschmann (3-3), who ranks fifth in the league with a 2.67 ERA, starts against Scott Deal (6-3), who is third at 2.35. ... Eugene outfielder Chad Huffman was named league player of the week for the second time this season after going 13-for-22 with a home run and five RBIs last week. ... Eugene's Rolando Valdez, who ranks second in the NWL with seven wins, was promoted to Portland to make a spot start against Salt Lake last Saturday. He threw a no-hitter through four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth to take the loss. He returned to the Ems on Sunday.

VANCOUVER EUGENE

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Cobb cf 4 0 2 2 Epping cf 3 0 0 0

Hrnandz 2b 4 0 0 0 Crafort rf 1 0 0 0

Dowling 1b 5 0 2 0 Antonelli 3b 4 0 1 0

Valdez 3b 5 1 2 0 Cooper 1b 2 0 1 0

Perez dh 5 1 1 0 Huffman lf 4 0 0 0

Affronti ss 4 1 1 1 Campbell rf 3 0 0 0

Macias lf 5 2 2 0 King 2b 3 0 0 0

Mendez rf 4 2 2 1 Valverde c 3 0 1 0

Rosendo c 4 0 0 1 Smith dh 3 0 0 0

Lopez ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 40 7 12 5 Totals 29 0 3 0

Vancouver... 025 000 000 -7

Eugene... 000 000 000 -0

E-Miller, Valverde, King, Lopez. DP-Vancouver 1, Eugene 1. LOB-Vancouver 9, Eugene 5. 2B-Valdez, Antonelli. 3B-Macias. SF-Cobb. SB-Mendez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Vancouver

Deaza W,5-3 7 2 0 0 2 3

Currin 1 1 0 0 0 1

Fernandez 1 0 0 0 0 1

Eugene

Miller L,1-1 3 8 7 3 1 2

Krosschell 3 2 0 0 0 0

Tucci 2 1 0 0 0 0

Mattison 1 1 0 0 1 2

WP-Miller. HBP-by Fernandez (Cooper). T-2:21. A-2,466.

NWL STANDINGS WEST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Salem-Keizer ... 44 18 .710 - Eugene ... 34 28 .548 10 Vancouver ... 34 28 .548 10 Everett ... 28 34 .452 16 EAST DIVISION Boise ... 34 28 .548 - Tri-City ... 31 31 .500 3 Yakima ... 22 40 .355 12 Spokane ... 21 41 .339 13 TUESDAY'S RESULTS Vancouver 7, Eugene 0 Spokane 7, Boise 3 Salem-Keizer 8, Everett 4 Yakima 8, Tri-City 2 TODAY'S GAMES Vancouver at Eugene Boise at Spokane Everett at Salem-Keizer Tri-City at Yakima
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Date:Aug 23, 2006
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