Emerson Frostad (03) knock opens door

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Emerson Frostad hit a solo home run to ignite a two-run inning in the 10th to help Canada beat Venezuela 7-5 at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana, Cuba on Monday. (File Photo)

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?
Emerson?
Emerson who?
Emerson some big-time pop … that Emerson Frostad had for Team Canada.

The win lifted Canada’s record in the Olympic Qualifier to 2-1. Next Canada plays Mexico. ¬†Frostad hit a solo homerun over the left field fence off RP Felix Arellaux leading off the 10th inning to help Canada beat Venezuela 7-5 at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana, Cuba.

SS Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, BC/Independent Somerset) followed Frostad’s homer with a RBI single to give T. J. Burton (Ottawa, Ont./Single-A Kinston, Indians) a cushion to ride home on and Burton picked up the save.

This spring the Texas Rangers converted Frostad from a third baseman to a catcher. A left-handed hitter he batted .269 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs for single-A Clinton in 2005. This year Frostad (Calgary, Alta.) was hitting .320, with 12 homers and 51 RBIs at Single-A Bakersfield Blaze.

Frostad came off the bench in the eighth inning to take over for C David Corrente (Chatham, Ont./Single-A Dunedin, Jays) was a clutch performer for the second straight day.

Frostad was 2-for-2. In addition to his game-winner, , he also helped ignite a Canadian comeback in his first at bat the eighth when he singled off of Venezuelan RP Argenis Laendeta to load the bases with one out.

He’d singled in the four-run ninth as Canada rallied for a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico.

And for the second-straight day LF Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC/Single-A Inland Empire, Mariners) threw one of the best strikes. With two out in the ninth, Jose Aronte singled to left.

Saunders charged the ball and threw a steeee-rike to Frostad who went to his left to grab the throw and dove to his right to tag Luis Landaeta at the plate ending the inning and forcing extras.

So, who is Emerson Frostad?

After attending Lewis-Clark College in 2000-01, Frostad was selected in the 13th round of the 2003 draft by the Rangers. He was set on returning to school but spent the summer play for the Fairbanks Goldpanners of the Alaskan League. He helped the Goldpanners win the league title and advance to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

Frostad hit .380 and the Rangers took notice. He is a former member of the Canadian national junior team — hitting .481 on their tour of the Dominican where he had four extra-base hits and had a .517 on-base percentage.

He’s a graduate of the successful Calgary Dawgs program.

Luis Cordova homered on Canadian reliever Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta./Somerset) first pitch of the game to notch things up at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson got out of the jam to pick up the win.

With Canada down 4-2 Saunders hit a ground-rule double to tie the game before CF Sebastien Boucher (Ottawa, Ont./Double-A San Antonio, Mariners) cashed Frostad with a single to left for the go-ahead run, 5-4 Canada.

Pierre-Luc Laforest (Hull, Que./Rookie-Class Arizona League, Padres) was 3-for-3 with a homerun.

Nicholson had two hits, while 2B Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont./I-Edmonton), DH Jeremy Ware Guelph, Ont./I-Edmonton) and 3B Matt Rogelstad (Coquitlam, BC/Double-A San Antonio, Mariners) each had hits.

Lefty Eric Cyr (Montreal, Que/Taiwan, Uni President Lions) starter for Canada and worked six innings allowing four runs on 10 hits. RP Michel Simard (Charlesbourg, Que./Single-A Rancho Cucamunga Quakes, Angels) pitched a scoreless inning.

           123 456 789 10      R  H  E
Canada     000 101 030 2   --  7 12  1
Venezuela  021 100 010 0   --  5 13  1

Venezuela
POS AB R H RBI
Ramon Castro 2b       3 0 3 1
Wulians Vazquez rf    3 0 2 0
Michael Sandoval 3b   5 1 1 0
Manuel Ramirez dh     4 0 1 0
Luis Landaeta 1b      4 1 1 1
German Chirinos cf    2 1 1 0
Rene Pinto c          4 0 0 0
Jose Aronte lf-cf     5 1 2 1
Dirimo Chavez ss      3 0 1 1
Clemente Alvarez c    1 0 0 0
Luis Cordova cf-lf    3 1 1 1
Totals               37 5 13 5

Canada
POS   AB R H RBI
Stubby Clapp        2b 4 1 1 0
Kevin Nicholson     ss 6 0 2 1
Ryan Radmanovich rf    5 1 0 0
Pierre-Luc Laforest 1b 3 2 3 1
Jeremy Ware         dh 5 0 1 0
Matt Rogelstad     3b  4 1 1 0
David Corrente     c   3 0 0 0
Mike Saunders      lf  4 0 1 2
Sebastien Boucher cf   5 0 1 1
Emerson Frostad    c   2 2 2 1
Totals                41 7 12 6

IP R ER ERA H K BB
Venezuela
Horacio Estrada    7.3 4 4 4.91 7 8 3
Argenis Landaeta   0.0 1 1 N/A  1 0 0
Rene Bastardo      0.0 0 0 N/A  2 0 0
Felix Arellaux     2.3 2 2 7.71 1 2 2
Jorge Teran        0.3 0 0 0.00 1 1 0

Canada
Eric Cyr           6.0 4 4 6.00 10 3 0
Michel Simard      1.0 0 0 0.00 1 0 0
Mike Kusiewicz     0.3 0 0 0.00 0 1 0
Mike Johnson       1.7 1 1 5.40 2 2 2
T.J. Burton        1.0 0 0 0.00 0 1 0

 

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