AquaSox Offense Missing in Action

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Everett returned home Monday night looking for answers to their recent slide.  Their record now stood at 30-31 as they lost four of the five games on their road-trip mustering only 14 runs over those games and 36 hits. They also committed 7 errors in the field, uncommon for these Frogs.  The AquaSox were hoping to start a new streak at home against their nemesis from across the Cascades, the Spokane Indians.

Monday night under the smoky skies of Everett, Frog starter Cody Brown was looking to stop the power-hitting Indians and start a new streak for the Frogs.  Both teams looked lethargic as they exchanged goose eggs over the 1st three innings.  In the fourth, things changed.  Spokane was the first to score as they plated 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 errors as the AquaSox got quite sloppy in the field.  In the bottom half of inning 4, the Frogs bats caught fire.  They plated six runs on three hits.  The highlights of the inning were a 3-run home run by Ryan Garcia and a 2-run double by Bobby Honeyman.

Were things looking up for the Frogs?  It didn’t take Spokane long to put that thought to rest as they scored 3 more runs to tie it at 6.  Everett would score another run to take the lead 7-6 after five innings.  The onslaught would continue as the Frogs scored 4 more runs in the sixth to take a 11-6 lead on home runs by Cal Raleigh and Nick Rodriguez.  After that, the bullpen would do the rest as they shut down the Indians and winning the ballgame 11-6 as AquaSox pitchers combined to strike out 13 Spokane batters!

Game two was on Tuesday night again under smoky skies and boy was it hot in the ballpark.  RH Carlos Hernandez took the mound for the Frogs and after this performance he probably wished that his start would have been pushed back because of the smoky skies.  In perhaps his worst outing of the season he would last only 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 55 pitches.

The bullpen would pitch the final six-inning giving up 4 more runs.  As for Everett, there was no offense as they could only generate 6 hits, not one Frog hitter getting multiple hits.  They also committed another error.  The only highlight of the evening was that AquaSox pitchers struck out 15 Spokane Indians.  The final score once the smoke all cleared was Spokane 6 Everett 0.

Game 3 had Mr. Reliable Orlando Razo taking the mound for Everett.  The smoke was still in the skies of Everett but that didn’t both Razo.  He was pumped and focused from pre-game until his final pitch.  He retired the side to start the ballgame.  In the bottom half of inning one, Everett would score a one run on three hits to take an early 1-0 lead.  Spokane would tie it up in the 2nd inning as Razo would allow two hits and a walk.  It was really the only trouble he would get into all night.  Everett would score a 2nd run in the third inning on a triple in the gap by Connor Kopach who scored on a fielder’s choice by Bobby Honeyman.  Razo would continue to dominate and would depart after five innings with the score 2-1.

He would strike out six batters and give up one on four hits.  It was another quality start.  The bullpen of newcomer Grant Spranger, Nolan Hoffman and J.T. Salter would close out the ballgame over the final four innings allowing only 2 hits and no runs.  AquaSox would take the series and their record would go to 32-32.

The AquaSox head out on a 9-game home trip before returning home September 1st for a 4-game series to close out the season.  Playoffs begin September 5th in Everett.  Tickets are on sale.  We really need to pack the stadium full and watch these amazing kids bring back the Northwest League title to Everett.

Go Frogs!!

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