EVERETT, Wash. – The top of the Everett AquaSox batting order was on base and producing runs all game long.
Michael Faulkner and James Zamarripa, the one-two hitters in the lineup, each had three hits as the AquaSox built a comfortable lead early and cruised to a 10-2 win over the Vancouver Canadians in front of 2,029 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium Wednesday. Thyago Vieira earned his first win for the Frogs in more than a month as he silenced the Canadians bats over five innings.
The ‘Sox carried over some of the offensive momentum from Tuesday’s game as they tagged Vancouver starter Justin James for five runs in the first two innings Wednesday. In the first, Faulkner got things going with a double down the right field line and then scored from second base when Vancouver first baseman Dan Arcila failed to handle the throw from shortstop Dawel Lugo on Jack Reinheimer’s bouncer. In the second, four consecutive singles by Phillips Castillo, Bryan Brito, Faulkner, and Zamarripa produced two runs for the Frogs before Reinheimer lined a two-run double down the left field line to make it 5-0 Frogs.
Everett piled on three more runs in the fourth to turn the game into a rout. Zamarripa drove in Brito with an RBI single and Seager added a two-RBI base hit up the middle with the infield in to bring home Faulkner and Zamarripa and make it 8-0 ‘Sox going away.
James (1-5), who was making his debut in the Canadians’ rotation with a spot start, was shaky, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in two innings of work.
Vieira backed the Frog offense with five shutout innings to improve to 4-5. He pitched five innings, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out six. He worked out of a couple jams and demonstrated improved control, despite the walks. Vieira had gone eight starts since his last win on June 22nd against Hillsboro and hadn’t won a decision since July 16th, when he pitched 1.1 innings of relief against the Canadians.
The Canadians avoided the shutout when Justin Atkinson scored on a wild pitch by Tyler Wright in the top of the sixth and tacked on another run on Ian Parmley’s RBI single in the eighth. The base hit extended Parmley’s hitting streak to 12 games. With the loss, Vancouver is just 1-3 at Everett Memorial this season.
Austin Wilson drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth to make it 10-2
Faulkner finished 3-4 with two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI and Zamarripa was 3-5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. The Frogs had 17 hits, equaling their season high. Other top performers for the ‘Sox included Seager and Wilson, who each had two hits and two RBI.
Canadians manager Clayton McCullough was ejected in the top of the seventh by field umpire Jeff Gorman after arguing balls and strikes.
The win edged Everett closer to .500 in the season’s second half at 13-14 and 36-29 overall. The ‘Sox remain tied with the Spokane Indians, who beat Tri-City 10-4 Wednesday, atop the second half standings. Meanwhile, the loss drops Vancouver to 12-15 in the second half and 34-31 overall. The Canadians now lead the Indians by only one game in the increasingly important overall standings. If the AquaSox, the first half Division champions, win the second half title, then the second playoff berth will go to the North Division team (Vancouver, Spokane, or Tri-City) with the next-best overall record. Spokane is 33-32 overall.
The AquaSox and Canadians play the middle game of their three-game series tomorrow at 7:05 PM at Everett Memorial Stadium. Jake Zokan (3-3, 4.38) will get the start for the ‘Sox against Vancouver’s Jeremy Gabryszwski (5-1, 2.59). An Everett victory will guarantee the AquaSox a win of the season series with the Canadians. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.