EVERETT, Wash. – On a cold, misty night at Everett Memorial Stadium, Todd Glaesmann and Cesar Carrasco combined for five doubles, including one that drove in the go-ahead run, to lead the Hillsboro Hops by the Everett AquaSox 3-2 Saturday night. While the rest of the hitters struggled to string together productive at-bats, Glaesman and Carrasco appeared unaffected by the dreary conditions. Glaesmann was 3-4 with two runs scored and laced three doubles. He is now 4-9 through the first two games of the series. Carrasco went 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Six of the Hops’ nine hits were doubles.
After Everett had rallied to tie the game at 2-2, Carrasco put Hillsboro ahead for good in the eighth against Frogs’ reliever Ricardo Pereira (0-1). With two outs, Justin Gonzalez reached on a broken bat single through the infield. Glaesmann then hit a slicing liner to centerfield that Arby Fields could not handle, juggling the ball a couple times before allowing it to fall to the ground. The error put runners on the corners for Carrasco, who hit his second RBI double of the game off the wall in left to drive in Gonzalez with the winning run.
The AquaSox had a chance to tie or win the game against Cody Geyer in the bottom of the ninth, with runners at second and third and one out. But Chris Mariscal and Fields grounded out to end the ballgame.
For the second straight night, Hillsboro jumped out to a lead in the top of the first, as back-to-back doubles by Glaesmann and Carrasco gave the Hops an early 1-0 lead. The ‘Sox evened the score in the third inning. Mariscal, in his first professional at-bat after he was selected by the Mariners in the 14th round of the 2014 Draft, led off with a line drive single to right. He moved to third base on a couple of ground balls before Luis Caballero laid down a drag bunt with two outs. Caballero reached safely with a single when the throw to first hit him in the back and Mariscal crossed the plate with the Frogs’ first run.
Hillsboro answered immediately with more doubles in the fourth. Glaesmann ripped a shot off the right field wall to start the inning. Two batters later, Nate Robertson lined a double in the left center gap that put the Hops back in front at 2-1. Everett again knotted the score in the seventh when Mariscal walked and scored on Fields’ double into the left field corner.
Although neither starter factored into the decision, both pitched effectively. Making his first start of 2014 after working out of the bullpen in Clinton, AquaSox starter Blake Holovach kept the Frogs in the ballgame. The southpaw gave up two runs, both earned, on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out five and walked none. Hops starter Ryan Doran, also making his first start, yielded only one run in six innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six.
Alex Byo (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Hops after working the seventh inning. Geyer earned the save despite walking the first two hitters in the ninth. Pereira was saddled with the loss after giving up one unearned run in 2.2 innings of relief.
Everett had only six hits, just one after the fourth inning. AquaSox hitters combined for 10 strikeouts, four by Wilton Martinez. Caballero was 2-4 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI. In his pro debut, Mariscal was 1-3 with a walk and scored both of the AquaSox runs.
With the series even at one game apiece, the AquaSox and the Hops play the middle game of their five game set on Fathers Day. First pitch is slated for 4:05. Ramire Cleto will toe the rubber for the first time this season as he makes his AquaSox debut. Anderson Placido will get the start for Hillsboro. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.