Coquitlam Reds win again after first defeat

One streak ends for the Coquitlam Reds, then another immediately begins.

The Reds tasted defeat for the first time in their BC Premier Baseball League season Sunday when they dropped the front end of their doubleheader at Mundy Park with the Langley Blaze, 8-1. The Reds then got right back on the winning track by defeating Langley 11-9 in the follow-up.

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The Reds gave up seven runs in the sixth inning for their first loss after eight straight wins. Pitcher Grady Stanyer took the loss after he surrendered six earned runs on four hits and three walks in 1.2 innings pitched. He’d taken over from starter Jack Seward in the top of the fifth inning with the team’s tied, 1-1.

But the loss didn’t keep the Reds down for long as they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to go up 11-9, then Ben Mar, retired the Blaze three straight in the top of the seventh to preserves Coquitlam’s ninth win of the season. Mar, who had come on to the mound with two out in the top of the sixth inning after Langley scored four runs off reliever Giordano Mezzomo, was credited with the win.

Starter Madjik MacKenzie surrendered five runs on 11 hits and a walk in the five innings he was worked.

Left fielder Kyle Anderson stroked a homerun and had three runs batted in to lead the Reds’ offence.

Coquitlam plays the Whalley Chiefs in Whalley on Tuesday.

Taylor saving for Biscuits

Reds’ alumnus Curtis Taylor, of Port Coquitlam, has three saves in the three opportunities he’s received in seven games so far this season with the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. Montgomery is the AA minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Taylor, who was a non-roster invitee to the Ray’s spring training camp in Feburary, also has a loss in the eight innings he’s pitched in relief. He’s surrendered just four hits and two runs — one of them unearned — for an earned run average of 1.13.

Taylor, 23, was acquired by the Rays in 2017 from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft from the University of British Columbia. He pitched 60 innings for the Biscuits last season, recording three wins, four losses and six saves.

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