KEIZER, Ore. – Brandon Bednar drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning and Raymundo Montero slammed the door in the ninth to send the Everett AquaSox to their sixth consecutive defeat, falling to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes by a score of 11-10 Monday. The Volcanoes pounded out 17 hits and roughed up Lars Huijer and the ‘Sox bullpen to complete the sweep of the five-game series. Leonardo Rojas continued his hot hitting, going 4-5 with a pair of doubles and a couple RBI to go along with three runs scored.
Everett held a three-run lead entering the bottom of the eighth and seemed poised to end the losing skid, but Bednar’s sac fly capped a four-run rally by the Volcanoes off ‘Sox reliever Tyler Olson. Pinch-hitters Eugene Escalante and Sam Eberle notched back-to-back hits to lead off the inning, putting runners at the corners for Jeremy Sy, who singled to drive in a run and make it 10-8. Rojas followed with a two-run double to center that tied the game. An error and a hit batter loaded the bases for Bednar, who picked up the game-winning RBI with a deep fly ball off Aaron Brooks
The Frogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first when Justin Seager lined a two-RBI double to center and then scored on Austin Wilson’s two-out single, but Salem-Keizer answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, snapping Huijer’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 26. Sy, who was 3-5 with four RBI, hit a two-run homer off Huijer before three consecutive singles and a sac fly tied the game at 3-3.
After being held to just two runs over the previous two games, the AquaSox again staked Huijer a lead with three runs in the second and another in the third. In the second, Jack Reinheimer drove in Phillips Castillo with a fielder’s choice and Kyle Petty roped an RBI double to left. Seager then plated Petty with a bloop single to center. In the third, Wilson reached on an error by the second baseman Bednar, advanced to second on a ground ball, and scored on a single by Castillo to make it 7-3.
But the Volcanoes answered with runs in the third and fourth to get back within two. Brian Ragira was hit by a pitch with one out in the third and advanced to second on an error by Petty. Ragira then came home on a single by Blake Miller. An RBI single by Sy in the fourth made it 7-5.
Seager drove in a run in the sixth with another single, and finished 4-5 with four RBI, both season-highs. Salem-Keizer cut into the lead with two-runs in the seventh thanks to a couple of passed balls by Carlton Tanabe and a wild pitch by Tyler Wright. Tanabe drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and Wilson scored Petty with a fielder’s choice to put the ‘Sox ahead 10-7 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Huijer had his first truly poor start of the season as he allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out two and walked two. Olson (2-4) took the loss after giving up four runs in 1.0 innings of work. The ‘Sox had 12 hits on the night, and seven of nine starters had at least one.
Salem-Keizer starter Nick Vander Tuig lasted just 1.2 innings, surrendering six runs on six hits. Christian Jones (1-0) earned the win despite pitching just a third of an inning. Montero picked up his 11th save.
Everett has now dropped six games in a row since August 4th to fall 8-10 in the second half and 31-25 overall. The Frogs are now in a three-way tie atop the North Division with the Vancouver Canadians and the Spokane Indians. Salem-Keizer swept the five-game set with the ‘Sox to move to an NWL-best 12-6 and 35-21. The Volcanoes took the season series from the Frogs seven games to three. The AquaSox head to Vancouver Tuesday to start a three game series with their division rivals. First pitch is slated for 7:05 PM. The ‘Sox return home August 16th for an eight-game homestand against the Eugene Emeralds and Vancouver Canadians. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at and by phone at 425-258-3673.