Everett AquaSox opened the 2018 playoffs on Wednesday night versus their nemesis Spokane Indians in a best of 3 division series. The winner would play for the NWL championship against either Hillsboro or Eugene.
Seattle Mariner Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound for the Frogs. Hisashi was on a rehab assignment and he didn’t look good from the beginning. Iwakuma allowed three runs on four hits in just 2 innings. There was a sense that this game would get out hand as Frog all-star Michael Plassmeyer took over. Plassmeyer, who had not one bad outing this season should be able to stop the bleeding, right? Plassmeyer just didn’t have it as he was pounded for 4 more runs on 4 hits in just 2/3 of an inning. If Michael didn’t look normal, the fans sensed that this game was over before it started.
Everett would try and fight back and score 3 runs, the highlight a 2-run home run by SS Connor Kopach. With a score of 7-3, the AquaSox bullpen took over, with Noah Zavolas being the star, tossing 4 innings of 2 hit ball. He struck out 7 Spokane Indians as he was the Frog star of the night. As for Everett, their bats went south as they failed to score another run or hit over the last 5-plus inning. Final score was Spokane 7, Everett 3. Game one was a failure for the Frogs.
— Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox) September 6, 2018
AquaSox!!! Listen. Make the pitcher work. Ridiculous. Offense better than this. Time to go all out tomorrow or we are done. Let’s go.
— Brian Solack (@soulman156) September 6, 2018
The AquaSox traveled to Spokane for games 2 and 3. Thursday night we had our ace Orlando Razo on the mound as he was focused from the start. Each team would be scoreless for the first 3 innings. In the fourth, the AquaSox bats woke up. They would plate 6 runs on the 5 hits. The highlights of the inning were a 2-run single by Bobby Honeyman and a RBI single by Jansiel Rivera. In the bottom half of the inning, Razo got in a little trouble. With two runners on, he threw his only bad pitch of the evening that resulted in a 3-run home run. The lead was cut to 6-3 as the game went to the fifth. Razo would leave after 4 innings as the bullpen took over. Everett’s bullpen would take over and shut down the Indians over the final 5 innings allowing no runs on 1 hit. Cody Mobley and Dayeison Arias were dominating. Everett’s bats would go silent until the 9th inning as they increased the lead to 8-3. The Frogs would win game two 8-3. The series would be tied 1 game apiece as they headed to Friday.
Starting Pitchers on Thursday.
Travelers: Anthony Misiewicz (Game 2)
AquaSox: Orlando Razo (Game 2)
— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) September 6, 2018
— Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox) September 7, 2018
3-hit game for Jansiel Rivera. #AquaSox
— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) September 7, 2018
Friday afternoon was a day game. Both teams were pumped as Jheyson Caraballo took the mound and Texas Ranger Chi Chi Gonzalez took the mound for Spokane. Chi Chi was unstoppable, but it wasn’t the same for Jheyson. He would last 3 innings giving up 2 runs but it certainly wasn’t his best outing of the season as he allowed 4 hits and 3 walks in his outing, certainly not a Caraballo type of outing. The bullpen would shut down the Indians until the 7th inning when they allowed 3 more runs.
With a 5-0 lead and the Frogs bats still dormant, they went in the 8th inning. In the 8th inning, Charlie McConnell would hit a double and would score on a 2-run home run by Cal Raleigh. With the score 5-2, was a comeback on the horizon? As the Indians would remain scoreless, the Frogs went into the 9th inning needing at least 3 runs to hopefully extend their season. After Connor Kopach singled, Jansiel Rivera came to the plate looking for his 8th hit of the season and he didn’t disappoint the Frog fans in attendance. He belted a 2-run home run to left center field as the lead would be cut 5-4. Everett continued to try and rally. With a runner on second, Josh Stowers swung at the first pitch he saw and flew out to left field ending the Frogs season and sending the Spokane Indians to the championship to face Eugene.
Today decides who will play the @EugeneEmeralds in the NWL Championship…who is excited?
— Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox) September 7, 2018
— Brian Solack (@soulman156) September 7, 2018
It was a fun summer in Everett. We got to see the AquaSox clinch the first half division champions. If it wasn’t for the offense going dormant in the 2nd half of the season, we might be playing for the championship this week. On any normal summer these Frogs teams get torn apart by the big-league club, but this summer was a little different. Everett fans witnessed a ball-club with names they mostly recognized on a nightly business. We saw a man they call Honeyman flirt with a .400 average briefly in August and still finish 2nd in average. As a player named Cal was crushing home runs, the fans witness the birth of a future ace, the guy they called Razo.
Bobby Honeyman is currently the third baseman for the Everett AquaSox who just ended their 2018 regular season and are headed to the Northwest League playoffs. He was… https://t.co/WzGex8g2MF
— Seattle Sports Union (@SeattleSportsU) September 5, 2018
Orlando Razo in Everett might have the nastiest changeup in the system. Lots of ugly swings and misses off it: pic.twitter.com/PKOjvWFRqx
— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) August 27, 2018
Best of luck to all these young gentlemen as they chase their dreams of making the major leagues. Thank you to the AquaSox staff for another great summer in Everett. I can definitely say for everyone, we can’t wait until next summer to see what the next future Frogs might bring. See you all in June of 2019!
— Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox) September 10, 2018