AquaSox Return Home with One Thing on Their Minds!

Pictured: Juan Camacho (Shari Sommerfeld/Everett AquaSox)

Tuesday night the AquaSox returned home for a 7-game homestand in hopes of keeping their chances alive to make the playoffs.  They currently stood in 3rd place in the Northern Division behind Spokane and Tri-Cities.  Spokane won the first half and was currently leading the division for the 2nd half.  The Frogs lost 2 of 3 games on their road-trip but returned home only a game behind Tri-Cities.  If the Frogs were to make the playoffs, they needed to overcome the Dust Devils and would qualify to play Spokane in the playoffs.  With a week and half to go in the season and only a game behind 2nd place, the Frogs liked their chances.

Tuesday, they opened a crucial 3-game series against the first place Spokane Indians.  Seattle Mariners first round pick George Kirby took the mound and he didn’t disappoint.  After a scoreless top of the first, the Frogs came to bat ready to play.  By the end of inning one, they would go up 3-0 on a 2-run single by local sensation Trent Tingelstad and a RBI single by seasoned veteran Juan Camacho.  Kirby would pitch a total of three innings striking out four Spokane Indians and giving up only four hits while walking zero batters, continuing to not allow any walks during the 2019 season.  He battled and won against the tough Spokane offense.  Unfortunately, Everett’s offense would go south and be quiet throughout the rest of the game.  In the fourth inning, young left-hander Brayan Perez would come in to pitch for the Frogs.  He would pitch the final six innings, a rare feat in minor league baseball, and allow two runs on seven hits while striking out seven Spokane Indians.  Would it be enough for the youngster?  Everett would finish the game with the 10 hits, but with some bad base-running, they would not manufacture anymore runs.  In the end, the Frogs pulled away with the victory of 3-2.

Wednesday night saw Deivy Florido take the mound for Everett.  In an unimpressive performance for the youngster, he would go five innings.  Deivy would give up 6 runs of 4 hits while walking 2 batters.  Only four runs were earned due to sloppiness on defense, but it still wasn’t the performance that Everett fans had grown to love watching this kid.  Spokane had the lead of 6-1 after five innings but the Frogs didn’t give up.  In inning number six, they would plate five runs to tie it up, a rare occasion for this struggling offense.  Patrick Frick and Miguel Perez would have RBI base-hits during the 5-run sixth inning.  In the seventh, Frick would plate another to put the Frogs up 7-6.  Things were looking up for Everett as they headed to the 8th inning with the lead.  All season long, innings eight and nine have been a struggle for the AquaSox.  Would tonight be any different?  Spokane would plate four runs over the final two innings off pitchers Ivan Fortunato and Brock Minich.  Everett would score one in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough.  Final score was 10-8 as the Frogs fell two back of Tri-Cities in their quest for the playoffs.

Thursday night, AquaSox ace Damon Casetta-Stubbs took the mound.  Things were looking up for the Frogs as they looked to close out the series with a win.  Both teams’ exchanges goose eggs as we went to inning number three.  In the top of inning three, Spokane would plate four runs to take the early lead.  Had it not been for catcher Carter Bins’ catcher interference (an on-going issue), there might have been less damage.  Trent Tingelstad would plate 2 runs with a double to cut the lead to 4-2 after three innings.  In the fourth inning, Damon would perhaps make his only bad pitch of the evening and allow a solo homerun to the number nine hitter.  Everett would not bow down to their opponent (not like earlier in the season) and cut the lead to 5-4 with a 2-run homerun by Lacey, Washington sensation Brennon Kaleiwahea!  Damon would leave after five with the Frogs being down 5-4.  The bullpen would pitch the final four innings.  Kipp Rollings would pitch dominate shutout innings, but the remainder of the bullpen would falter.  Everett would score a late run, but it wasn’t enough as Spokane won the game 8-5 and took the series two games to one.

The Eugene Emeralds came to Funko Field Friday night for a huge four-game series, especially in the eyes of Everett.  They still had a chance with ten games to go to finish the season strong and to make the playoffs.  Tim Elliott, 4th round pick out of Georgia, pitched two shutout innings allowing no baserunners.  Everett would take an early 3-0 lead on a 3-run homerun by Connor Hoover.  After that, the offense of the Frogs would shut down.  Would it be enough?  Left-hander Jorge Benitez would take over for Everett and pitch perhaps his finest performance of his young career.  He would pitch the next five innings, striking out six batters and allowing a single walk.  Looking like a future ace, Jorge was spectacular.  As the game continued, fans were sensing something special with the Frogs pitching a shutout, and not allowing a single hit.  After seven innings, the game stood 3-0 as AquaSox fans were going nuts.

It had been 30 years since Everett had a no-hitter, and that was when they were the Everett Giants.  History was being made at Funko Field and the fans were sensing it!  Kelvin Nunez took over in the 8th inning for Everett. He would allow another walk but would work out of the inning.  Everett’s offense would continue to not produce as both teams went to the ninth inning.  Everett fans were on their feet as Nunez came out for the ninth.  He quickly got the first out.  With one out, Eugene would get their first base hit of the ballgame.  So, close the Frogs were as the crowd was stunned but they crowd didn’t let up.  By the end of the inning though, Eugene would tie the ballgame at 3-3 on two base-hits.  AquaSox nation was stunned but the ballgame wasn’t over as both teams went to the bottom of the ninth.  With runners in scoring in position and two outs, manager Louis Boyd sent pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis Jr. to the plate.  Izturis would proceed to hit a base hit to left field to score Cade Marlow with the winning run.

Everett would win the ballgame 4-3 in perhaps the best ballgame played in Everett since 2010 when they won the NWL title.  What a ballgame for the AquaSox to win!  With their playoff chances still intact, the Frogs went to bed knowing that they needed to win the “22nd annual Frogstock” on Saturday night to keep their dreams alive.

Saturday night under the beautiful skies of Everett, Washington, Funko Field quickly filled up as game two was soon under way.  Left-hander and 2nd round pick Brandon Williamson were on the mound for the Frogs.  Brandon has impressed the organization in his short stay in Everett as the Frogs were excited about game two.  He didn’t disappoint Saturday night as he went two innings allowing zero baserunners and striking out five Emeralds at the plate, another dominating performance by the young left-hander.  Everett would lead 4-0 after two innings on RBI hits by Cesar Izturis Jr. and Cade Marlowe to take the early lead.  The AquaSox bullpen would take over in the 3rd inning and six pitchers would combine to close out the ballgame for the Frogs.  Eugene would tie it up in the fourth inning at 4-4 but Trent Tingelstad continued his hot homestand with a solo shot to put the Frogs up 5-4 through five innings. Both teams’ offense would go south until the 8th inning when Eugene would plate one to tie it up at five.  In the ninth, Travis Kuhn would allow six runs to the Emeralds.  Everett would score one in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as Eugene won Frogstock and took game two 11-6, perhaps crushing the AquaSox playoff chances with 8 games to go.

Sunday afternoon, George Kirby returned to the mound for Everett.  Everett need this game to keep their hopes alive.  Kirby would go three innings and give up a lone 3rd inning run as Eugene took an early 1-0 lead.  The AquaSox would bounce back and tie it at one on a RBI triple by Cesar Izturis Jr. in the third. Left-hander Brayan Perez would continue his impressive performance during the home stand by pitching the next four innings.  Carter Bins would belt his team leading 7th home run in the fourth inning to put the Frogs up 3-1.  Eugene would battle back and eventually tie it at 3 in the 7th inning but Juan Camacho had something to say about that.  In the bottom of the 7th inning he would belt a solo homerun to put the Frogs up 4-3.  In the 8th inning Connor Hoover would belt a 2-run homerun in the 8th inning for insurance as the AquaSox would pull away with the 6-3 victory and remain three games back in their hunt for the playoffs.

Monday evening, Deivy Florido took the mound for the AquaSox.  Deivy needed an impressive performance after his last outing and boy he did not disappoint AquaSox nation!   In perhaps the 2nd best game of the 2019 season, Deivy looked like a young Felix Hernandez out there on the mound.  Florido would go 8 innings and allow only 4 hits while striking out 6.  He didn’t allow a run while throwing 87 pitches.  Would this be enough?  Everett would score 3 early runs in the bottom of the first on RBI hits by Cade Marlow and Juan Camacho.  In the 3rd inning, Everett would score four more runs to go up 7-0.  Robert Perez would belt his team tying 7th home run to put the Frogs up 6-0 and later Juan Camacho would belt a sacrifice fly for his 2nd RBI of the game.  In the 4th inning the AquaSox would score an insurance run to go up 8-0.  Both teams would go scoreless until the 9th inning.  Ivan Fortunato took over the 9th inning for Everett and pitched one scoreless inning securing the shutout for Deivy Florido.  Everett would take the series three games to one!

The AquaSox hit the road Wednesday after a rare day off against Spokane for 3 games before returning home for their final 3-game homestand of the season against Vancouver.  Everett remains 3-games behind Tri-Cities as they enter Wednesday night against the Spokane Indians.  These six games are huge.  They will probably need to win at least 5 of 6 to either tie Tri-Cities or overtake them.  Hope we can fill those seats in Everett starting this Saturday night August 31st!!! Come on out and root your Frogs on to victory.  It’s the last weekend of the summer, why not enjoy some great baseball!!

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.