AquaSox are Loaned an Emerald in the Shape of a Cano!

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The AquaSox opened a 5-game series versus the Eugene Emeralds on Thursday night under the blue skies of Memorial Stadium. Everett, along with the rest of the Northwest League, was returning from the All-Star break after 3 days off. There was a rumor on social media that Seattle Mariner Robinson Cano was going to be playing in Everett from Thursday to Sunday on a rehab assignment. As Thursday came closer, the rumor was confirmed, Robbie would be a Frog for the next 4-days! Tickets went fast as Everett quickly prepared for a visit from the 8-time all-star.

Lefty Max Roberts took the mound for the Frogs and Robinson Cano took his position at 1st Base! This was a different position for Cano as he always had played 2nd base in his MLB career. Max retired the order quickly in the first as the Frogs came to bat. After leadoff hitter Ryan Ramiz singled, Cano quickly bounced into a double play! Josh Stowers got the 2nd hit of the inning but that was it. In the 2nd inning, the Emeralds secured two hits off Max including a solo home-run to take an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the 2nd, the Frogs caught fire. Hot-hitting Bobby Honeyman lead off with a home-run.

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Nick Rodriguez quickly followed with another solo shot. Just like that, the Frogs lead 2-1. After a walk, Ryan Ramiz belted a triple to increase the lead to 3-1. Up came Cano, as the fans got louder. They sensed something good was going to happen and they were rewarded. Robbie belt a 2-run home run to right field as the score became 5-1. That would be it for a lead for the Frogs. In the 5th, Max got into trouble. He ended up getting pulled. By the end of the inning, the Emeralds lead 6-5. Eugene would score 4 more runs in the 7th inning. Everett would be silent the rest of the game as they would go 4-12 with runners in scoring position. Cano and Ramiz ended up with 3 hits a piece as the Frogs pounded out 13 hits. The final score was 10-6 as Eugene secured game one of the series.

Friday night in Everett saw the Frogs celebrating Local Heroes Night as local Everett firemen and policemen were in attendance. It was also former AquaSox Braden Bishop Bobblehead night as he made a special appearance. Robbie Cano made his second appearance with the Frogs, playing his natural position of 2b. Carlos Hernandez took the mound and pitched five strong innings allowing 6 hits and 2 runs, as he kept the Frogs in the ballgame. Over the first three innings, the game remained scoreless as the AquaSox managed only 2 hits, one by Bobby Honeyman and another by Cano. Cano would also make an immaculate stop and turn a double play, stopping an Emeralds rally.

In innings four and five, the Emeralds plated 2 runs as they took the lead. In the bottom of the 5th, Ryan Garcia belted a triple down the left field line and would later score on a sacrifice fly as the lead was cut to 2-1. In inning six through nine, the took over. Three Frog relievers held the Emeralds scoreless, striking out 7 batters and allowing 3 hits on 0 runs. In the bottom of the 7th, the Frogs took the lead for good. Everett quickly loaded the bases on two walks and a single. With two outs, Robbie Cano came to the plate. Just like Thursday night, the fans sensed something epic as nearly 4,000 fans were on our feet. First pitch swinging, Cano belted a grand-slam home run to dead center field. The dugout went nuts and so did the fans as Robbie rounded the bases with a big grin. Frogs lead 5-2 and that score would remain the same as Everett took game 2 of the series.

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Saturday night would bring Mr. Reliable Orlando Razo on the mound for the AquaSox and Robbie playing 3rd Base, another new position for him. In perhaps his best outing of the season, Razo controlled the Emeralds bats from start to finish. Through innings one through 4, Razo would give up no hits and 2 walks as Eugene had no solution for Razo’s dominance. Everett would score 5 runs over innings two and three as they took an early 5-0 lead. The highlight was a 3-run home run by DH Cal Raleigh. In the 5th inning, Razo would get into his only trouble of the night. He would allow his first hit of the night and third walk, but Eugene could not score as he struck out two and got the 3rd out on a ground out to Cano.

Everett would manufacture 2 more runs over innings five and six as they took a 7-0 lead. Orlando’s masterpiece performance was over after 6 innings. Razo’s final stats were 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts and we would later learn he won player of the week in the Northwest League! The bullpen took over and finished the final 3 innings, allowing one hit and no runs. Everett’s bats would go silent, but it wouldn’t matter. The AquaSox won 7-0 as they took game 3 of the series. Cano would go 0-3 at the plate but that didn’t matter because the pitching was the store for Everett.

Game 4 would be Sunday afternoon under the beautiful blue skies. Robbie Cano wouldn’t be in uniform as they decided he was ready to play for Seattle. The Frogs were hoping to take the series with all-star Jheyson Caraballo on the mound.

Caraballo didn’t have his finest stuff as this seemed to be his worst performance of the season. Eugene would score 6 runs over the first 4 2/3rd innings off Jheyson, as he was pulled after allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. Everett couldn’t muster anything through the first 4 innings. In the fifth inning they would plate 2 runs on 3 hits to cut the lead to 6-2. The lead would increase to 7-2 on a home run by the Emeralds. In the bottom of the 7th, the Frogs would rally to cut the lead to 7-4 but it wasn’t enough as Eugene took game 4 of the series. Catcher Geoandry Montilla was only the bright spot for Everett as he secured 3 of the Frogs 6 hits.

Monday night was the rubber match of the series. All-Star Michael Plassmeyer was on the mound. Every time he started, Everett seemed to have success. Tonight, shouldn’t be different, right? The game would be scoreless after two innings as both teams couldn’t muster up anything. Plassmeyer was pulled after his usual 2 innings and was replaced by Ivan Fortunato. Michael’s final stats were 4 strike outs and no hits or runs, another solid performance. Fortunato didn’t have his stuff as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks as the Emeralds lead 3-0 after five innings. In the bottom of the 6th, the Frogs came alive. They took the lead 4-3. The highlight of the inning was a solo home run by Ryan Ramiz that put them in the lead. Everett and Eugene would remain scoreless until the 9th inning as a rare occurrence happened in baseball. Pinch runner stole his 27th base of the season for the Emeralds when he stole home to tie the ballgame at 4. The game went to extra innings. Eugene would score 2 runs but the Frogs would only score 1 run as game 5 went to the Emeralds 6-5. Stars of the game went to Connor Kopach and Cal Raleigh as they each had 3 hits.

Everett heads on the road for 3 games versus Spokane and 3 versus Tri-Cities before returning home on Aug 20th for a 3-game series versus Spokane. Everett stands at 9-9 during the 2nd half of the season, three games behind Vancouver. Come on out and support your Everett AquaSox before the season and summer are over. Playoff start September 5th in Everett. These kids are amazing athletes and people who put on a great show on and off the field.

Go Frogs

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Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I'm a graduate of Washington State University and I'm a die-hard baseball fan.