The Everett AquaSox defeated the Eugene Emeralds 6-2 in front of 4,069 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday afternoon. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Frogs’ and kept their perfect series record at home this season temporarily alive.
The pitching was the story for Everett, as Lars Huijer once again showed why he is the best starting pitcher in the Northwest League this season, allowing two runs on just two hits in six innings for his eighth win. Tyler Wright and Emilio Pagan were solid out of the ‘pen for the Frogs, and Christian Carmichael and Lonnie Kaupilla each hit solo home runs.
After both teams went hitless in the opening inning, Eugene broke through to grab the lead in the top of the second. Huijer retired the first two batters he faced, but Chase Jensen got a hold of one and drove it out to left centerfield.
Eugene didn’t lead for long though, as Everett scored twice in the bottom half to go ahead for good. Kyle Petty doubled to right centerfield to begin the inning and was at third with two outs for Bryan Brito. Brito walked and then created a run with his speed. Brito stole second, and the catcher’s throw went into centerfield, which allowed Petty to jog home from third. Phillips Castillo then picked up Brito with an RBI single up the middle, and the Frogs led 2-1 after two frames.
Everett added to its lead in the fourth in a quick way. Christian Carmichael led off the inning, and he did so in style when he pounded his third home run of 2013 over the scoreboard to put the AquaSox on top 3-1.
The lead stretched to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Jack Reinheimer and James Zamarripa both walked to start the inning, but Chantz Mack bounced into a 4-6-3 double play. Petty walked and then used what speed he has to make another run happen. He stole second, and Reinheimer alertly took off for home after seeing the throw would bounce in. Petty then came around to score when Austin Wilson hit an infield single to first and Marcus Davis threw the ball away.
Huijer was cruising through five, with the only hit he’d allowed coming on the Jensen home run. The second hit he allowed also cost him a run in the sixth, when Donavan Tate ripped a double to centerfield that scored Ronnie Richardson from first. Huijer retired the next two batters to work out of what would be his final inning. He allowed just the two hits and walked two while striking out five and improving to 8-1 this year.
After a slow start to the sixth, the AquaSox pushed their advantage back to four with another long ball. This time it was an unlikely source, shortstop Lonnie Kaupilla, who delivered the big fly. The big fly marked the first of Kaupilla’s professional career.
The Everett bullpen cruised from there, with Wright and Pagan slamming the door and allowing a combined one hit. Wright surpassed Huijer for the team ERA lead at 2.03 (Huijer’s rose to 2.09).
The AquaSox have two games left with the Emeralds before hosting a three-game set with the Vancouver Canadians. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.