Vancouver Canadians can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight

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The Cs conclude their regular season this week with a six-game series against the Eugene Emeralds. Luckily, that would be who they would play against in the best-of-five championship series, which begins September 12.

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A victory Sunday night in Spokane puts the Vancouver Canadians in the NHL playoffs.

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Vancouver’s 7-6 10-inning triumph over the Spokane Indians on Saturday night dropped the Toronto Blue Jays farmhand’s magic number to advance to the league championship series in a best-of-five to two – any combination of Vancouver wins and Spokane losses equaling two leads the C.

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Vancouver (66-56) is 5.5 games ahead of the Indians (61-62) with six games remaining in the regular season after tonight.

The C’s last six games are at home to the Eugene Emeralds, which kick off at Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday.

Luckily, Eugene has already clinched his ticket to the final, thanks to the first-half pennant victory. Eugene (37-22) led the second half standings, one game ahead of Vancouver (36-23). If they hold out to win the second half, the team with the best full-season records moves up, and that would be the Cs.

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Spokane (27-32) has already been knocked out of the second half pennant victory.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin Sept. 12 — a day after the Emeralds’ regular season ends at Nat — in Eugene, with Game 2 the following day. The series moves to the other finalist’s home park on September 16.

Right-hander Nathanael Perez, 24, gets the start tonight for C’s manager Brent Lavallee. This is his second appearance this season with Vancouver after being promoted from single A of the Dunedin Blue Jays on August 24.

He gave up a three-and-a-third inning win against Hillsboro on Aug. 28.

Spokane, who is affiliated with the Colorado Rockies, counters with left-hander Mason Green, 23.

First pitch at 6:35 p.m. on CanadiansBaseball.com and Sportsnet 650.

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On Saturday, Vancouver scored in the top of the 10th, with Glenn Santiago heading home on Miguel Hiraldo’s sacrifice fly to right field.

Spokane looked to have a similar score down the frame, but Garrett Spain’s throw from the right caused Spokane runner Mateo Gil to stop halfway down the line and the catcher from Vancouver Andres Sosa pushed back to third, catching Gil in a preview.

Vancouver’s offense included a three-run homer from third rusher Damiano Palmegiani, his 13th of the season. He is a native of Surrey.


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