Canadians clinch, celebrate return to the playoffs (VIDEO)

Jul 23 2017, 6:55 pm

The Vancouver Canadians are headed back to the postseason.

There’s still half a season to be played, but a 7-6 win on the road against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes clinched the first-half pennant for the C’s. The Canadians are now 20-17 on the season and hold the tiebreaker over Tri-City (19-18).

The win sends Vancouver to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

The Canadians had 15 hits on the night, with Kevin Vicuna, Logan Warmoth, Riley Adams, Kacy Clemens, and Norberto Obeso collecting multi-hit nights.

Pitcher Dalton Rodriguez didn’t factor in the decision, but went six innings holding the Volcanoes to just four earned runs. Relievers Miguel Burgos, Orlando Pascual, and William Ouellette limited Salem-Keizer to just two hits over the final three innings.

Vancouver last made the playoffs in 2014, eventually losing to Hillsboro in the finals. Prior to that, the franchise won three-straight Northwest League championships.

The Canadians will play in Salem-Keizer once again on Sunday and return home to Nat Bailey Stadium on Friday against Tri-City. The playoffs begin in September.

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