The Everett AquaSox got back on the right track Tuesday when they defeated the Vancouver Canadians 5-3 north of the border. The win snapped Everett’s six-game losing streak and was their first since August 3.
Tom Burns struggled with his command at times but worked his way through 5.1 innings for his first win as a Frog. The offense picked him up, as three-hit nights from Justin Seager and Austin Wilson (including Wilson’s second home run as a pro) powered the AquaSox to the skid-busting victory.
Each team put a few runners on base in the first three innings, but couldn’t push any across. The Canadians had runners on in each of those frames, but grounded into three inning-ending double plays. The AquaSox stranded two runners and saw Wilson get picked off first base in the second.
Everett broke the deadlock in the top of the fourth with the first bit of good pressure hitting the game had seen. Seager singled and moved to third on consecutive groundouts by Chantz Mack and Carlton Tanabe. Then Wilson stepped in and belted his second homer of the season out to left field to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
The AquaSox kept their feet on the gas in the fifth and blew the game open. Singles from Lonnie Kaupilla, Michael Faulkner and Seager loaded the bases with two outs. That set up Mack and Tanabe to deliver the decisive blows. Mack’s line drive to center scored both Kaupilla and Faulkner and chased Vancouver starter Colton Turner. Tanabe tacked on a single of his own, scoring Seager and putting the Frogs up 5-0 after five.
The Canadians managed to chase Burns in the sixth after a leadoff walk and one-out single convinced manager Rob Mummau it was time for a change. Burns struck out just one and walked a career-high six in 5.1 innings. He would be charged with the two base runners he left, as Vancouver slugger L.B. Dantzler doubled home both runs off of Cameron Copping.
Vancouver added a third run in the eighth, but it was unearned to AquaSox reliever Richard White. The first two runners of the inning reached on a single and a wild pitch, but White got the next batter to fly out. With one out, Dantzler flew out to left, but Phillips Castillo threw his return throw away and Chaz Frank scored from second base.
Min-Sih Chen silenced the Canadians in the ninth inning for his first save of the season. He faced four batters and struck out three of them.
The AquaSox play two more games in Canada before coming home for the first time since August 4 to play a five game set with the Eugene Emeralds. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.