EVERETT, Wash. – Anderson Placido and three relievers combined to baffle the Everett AquaSox hitters and lead the Hillsboro Hops to a 3-0 victory at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday. Placido (1-0) was outstanding, tossing 5.1 shutout innings and giving up only three hits and one walk. He struck out 10 of his first 12 hitters and finished with 12 punch-outs in the game. The lefty did not allow a runner past second base. Todd Glaesmann stayed hot at the plate for Hillsboro, going 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
It’s early in the 2014 season, but the Everett AquaSox are having a difficult time converting chances into runs, crossing the plate just six times in the first three games. The Frogs’ offensive struggles continued on Father’s Day as they collected only four hits, dropping the team average in the series to .209. The ‘Sox were 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. They are just 6-32 (.194) with runners in scoring position for the series. AquaSox hitters finished with 17 strikeouts in the game, including nine looking.
Once Placido was out of the game, the Frogs again squandered multiple scoring opportunities against the Hillsboro bullpen. Everett’s best chance came in seventh, when the ‘Sox loaded the bases with nobody out against John Pedrotty. But the Frogs were unable to put a ball in play as Adam Martin popped up in foul territory, and Taylor Smart and Arby Fields struck out looking. The AquaSox loaded the bases again with two outs in the ninth, but Jake Roberts, who earned the save, struck out pinch hitter Brett Thomas to end the ballgame.
For the third straight night, Hillsboro jumped out to a lead in the top of the first. Pedro Ruiz singled with one out and Glaesmann, who has worn out the ‘Sox in this series, followed with a double down the left field line that plated Ruiz. Two batters later, Grant Hayman flared a two-out single to left to bring home Glaesmann and make it 2-0 Hops. After going 2-3, Glaesmann is now 6-12 in the series with a home run and four doubles. He has scored five runs and driven in three more.
Neither team mustered any more offense until the Hillsboro half of the sixth, when the Hops added an insurance run to push the lead to 3-0. After drawing a walk, Glaesmann scored from second on another two-out single from Hayman, who finished 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Ruiz, Glaesmann, and Hayman combined to go 6-11. The rest of the Hops were 2-23.
Everett starter Ramire Cleto (0-1) went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out four in the losing effort. Chris Mariscal was 2-4. In his first professional start, Smart, of Maple Valley, was 0-2 with two walks.