Hops Score Three Times In Seventh, Send Frogs To Fourth Straight Loss
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox were victimized by their inability to play small-ball defense Tuesday night, suffering a fourth straight defeat at the hands of the Hillsboro Hops by a final of 5-3 when they mishandled balls that did not travel past the mound.
In the finale of the five-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium, the ‘Sox briefly grabbed their first lead since Friday’s opener at 3-2, but Hillsboro rallied for three runs in the seventh inning when Everett could not field a bunt. Justin Gonzalez led off with a double against Frogs’ reliever Cruz Pereira (0-1) before Galli Cribbs reached on a bunt single that Pereira could not reach to put runners at the corners. Taylor Ratliff then laid down a safety squeeze and Gonzalez got in under the tag from catcher Adam Martin to tie the game at 3-3. Jordan Parr also bunted and reached base when Pereira dropped the ball, loading the bases for Todd Glaesmann. Glaesmann, who finished the series 9-21 (.429) with two homers, four doubles, and seven RBI, lined a single to left to score Cribbs with the go-ahead run. Cesar Carrasco followed with a sac fly to drive in Ratliff and extend the Hillsboro lead to 5-3.
The Hops rally came after the AquaSox had finally broken through for three runs in the fifth inning to seize their first lead since Friday’s 3-2 win on Opening night. The Frogs loaded the bases with two outs against Hillsboro reliever Dan Savas when Brett Thomas and Jordan Cowan singled, and Savas hit Austin Cousino with a pitch. After failing to come up with the big hit throughout the series, Luis Caballero finally delivered for Everett, lining a bases-clearing double down the left field line to put the ‘Sox up one.
As in every other game of this series, the Frogs had to come back from an early deficit. Hillsboro scored in the top of the first inning for the fifth consecutive night when Jordan Parr doubled against Everett starter Dan Altavilla and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches. The Hops added a run in the second. Cribbs bounced into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, with Gonzalez being forced out at second as Grant Hayman crossed the plate to make it 2-0 Hillsboro.
Altavilla (0-1), winner of the 2014 Brett Tomko Award, given to NCAA Division II’s most outstanding pitcher, and a fifth round pick by the Mariners this month, made his professional debut with the AquaSox Tuesday. He worked three innings before giving way to the bullpen. He surrendered two runs, both earned, on three hits. He walked two and struck out three. Cousino, after homering in his debut Monday, was 2-4 with a run scored Tuesday.
Oregon State product Scott Schultz made his first professional start for the Hops. The 2014 tenth round pick by the Diamondbacks also went three innings, giving up no runs and two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Dan Savas (1-0) picked up the win for Hillsboro after working 3.0 innings of relief. Zac Curtis earned the save, his first of the season.
Hillsboro improved to 4-1. The Hops took the series four games to one and host Salem-Keizer for their home opener Wednesday. With the loss, Everett falls to 1-4. The AquaSox did not suffer their fourth loss in 2013 until July 2nd at Vancouver, their 19th game that season. The Frogs struck out 13 times Tuesday, and through five games Everett has a league high 57 strikeouts as a team.
The AquaSox head out on their first road trip and will play in Pasco tomorrow night. First pitch at Gesa Stadium between the AquaSox and the Tri-City Dust Devils is at 7:15. Rigotberto Garcia (0-0, 6.00) gets the start for Everett while Helmis Rodriguez (0-0, 1.69) goes for Tri-City. Pat Dillon will have the call on 1380 KRKO. The Frogs return home Thursday, June 26th to take on the Spokane Indians. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.