The Everett AquaSox dropped their second straight game to the Eugene Emeralds by a score of 8-7 Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,109 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Frogs’ starter Jake Zokan was charge with five earned runs in 5.1 innings but still managed to strike out a season-high nine batters. Kyle Petty connected for his second homer of 2013 and drove in three runs, and Lonnie Kaupilla had a pair of RBI doubles and three RBI overall to pace Everett.
The AquaSox got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first with some little ball. Michael Faulkner reached on a bunt single and was bunted to second by Jack Reinheimer. Chantz Mack followed that up with a single to left, and Faulkner scored from third on a sac fly by Kyle Petty.
Zokan ran into a world of trouble to start the second inning, however. He plunked leadoff man Donavan Tate and then balked him to second. Henry Charles then doubled, but Tate didn’t know if the ball would be caught, so he stopped at third. It didn’t matter though, since next batter Fernando Perez hit a towering three-run homer to centerfield to put the Emeralds up 3-1.
Zokan settled in significantly after that though, and he faced nine batters to get nine outs from inning two to four. The Frogs gave him the lead back in the third, when Reinheimer doubled to right to score Faulkner and Petty hit an opposite field two-run homer onto the home run hill in right field.
Everett pushed the score to 5-3 in the fourth with some timely two out hitting from the bottom of the order. Phillips Castillo was hit in the shoulder with two outs, and Kaupilla made Jimmy Brasoban pay by doubling home Castillo.
Zokan’s foot came off the gas a little bit in the sixth, and Eugene made him pay by chasing him and taking away his win in the process. Ronnie Richardson started the inning by reaching on a double that Faulkner lost in the lights. Trae Santos moved him to third with a base knock, and Tate drove him in with a second straight single. Aaron Brooks replaced Zokan and two batters later Perez drove in Santos to tie the game at five.
The Frogs wrestled the lead right back in the bottom half of the sixth in a similar way to how they scored in the fourth. With two outs, Castillo hit a double over Tate’s head in right. Kaupilla then drove him in with a double in almost the same spot that Tate badly misplayed, and the Frogs once again led 6-5.
The lead didn’t last long however, and the Emeralds got to Brooks in the seventh. The Mountlake Terrace native walked Michael Bass, hit Richardson and allowed Malquiel Brito to reach on an infield single, all with one out. Tyler Olson replaced him, and the first batter he faced, Santos, double home all three runs. Olson worked out of the inning, but Eugene led 8-6 after 6.5 innings.
The Frogs trimmed the lead to one run in the eighth though, and it was Kaupilla coming through with yet another two-out RBI hit. With two outs, Bryan Brito bunted himself aboard and moved up to third on a single from Castillo. Kaupilla then sent the first pitch he saw back up the middle, and Brito jogged home to make it 8-7 Eugene through eight frames.
The AquaSox nearly tied or won the game in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not to be. Mack and Petty singled back-to-back with one out, and after Carlton Tanabe grounded into a force out and James Zamarripa walked, Brito had the bases loaded with two out with a chance to walk off a hero. Instead, he hit the first pitch he say on the ground to short, and Felipe Blanco flipped to Bass to end the game.
The AquaSox have three more games with the Emeralds before finishing the homestand with three against 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.