Frogs Return to Funko to Open July With a Bang!

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Damon Casetta-Stubbs throwing strikes for the AquaSox.  Photo by John Rainwaters.

Everett returned home on Monday to night to open July on a winning note.  They were looking to ignite fireworks into their ballclub in hopes to get their team in a winning direction once again.  They were returning home from another series with the Tri-City Dust Devils on the road.  Earlier in the month the Frogs were successful in their mission.  This time around was a different story as the Dust Devils took 2 of 3 from the Frogs including no-hitting them in game two.  Boise was Everett’s opponent for the 3-game series and home stand.  With the hard throwing Casetta-Stubbs on the mound to open the series, the Frogs were liking their chances against the Hawks, always a thorn in their side.

Damon was coming off a tough outing his last time out.  He was hoping to start off the home stand in a positive note for the Frogs and Damon didn’t disappoint.  After giving up a lead off home-run he settled down and got out of the inning.  In the bottom of the first, new shortstop Utah Jones went yard in his first at bat at Funko field to tie it up.  Damon was dominating after the first inning as he shut down Boise over the next four innings.

He ended up going five innings, allowing only two more hits and striking out five Hawks.  Everett would three more runs in the second inning to go up 4-1. The highlight of the inning was a RBI triple by OF Miguel Perez.  In the fourth inning, Perez would again plate another run with a RBI double.  The Hawks would plate one in the sixth off relief pitcher Nate Fisher, but that was all he would allow as he went 3 dominating innings striking out five Hawks.  Patrick Frick would plate the sixth run for the Frogs on a RBI double to close out the scoring.  RP Travis Kuhn would close it out for the (9-9) AquaSox.  Damon Casetta-Stubbs would secure his 1st career win with the AquaSox with his quality start.  Stars of the ballgame were the pitching of the Frogs and the hitting of OF Miguel Perez.

Tuesday night Juan Then took the mound and he continued to show why the Mariners made the right choice by trading back for him last month.  Then would go five innings allowing only two hits and one run while striking out eight Hawks.  Trent Tinglestad, local boy from Marysville, would blast a double to drive in the Frogs only run to tie the ballgame at one apiece.  After Then left the game, the bullpen would allow 3 runs by pitcher Evan Johnson to watch the Hawks go up 4-1.  Everett would see their offense go south as they failed to score the rest of the ballgame and lose 4-1.  The Frogs managed to only achieve 5 hits during the ballgame, lead by Tinglestad who had 2 of the 5 hits.

With the series tied at a game apiece, the Frogs hoped to win the series Wednesday night.  Everett was hoping that Fireworks Night (celebrating July 4th a day early) would get their offense going back in right direction.   Everett didn’t realize that their fireworks would be duds as the offense failed to produce once again.  They would manage to plate two runs on six hits.  The only highlight and star of the night was new pitcher Deivy Florido who would make a huge impression in his Frog’s debut.  Coming out to pitch with his Frogs behind 8-0, Deivy’s job was to keep the Frogs in the game and he did just that.  He would pitch the final five innings giving up only one run while striking out four Hawk batters.  At the end of the evening, the final score was 9-2 as we saw our (9-11) AquaSox lose their 2nd consecutive series.  With all said and done, the loss was soon forgotten as the Frog fans celebrated July 4th early with another spectacular fireworks display.

Everett hits the road looking for their offense on a six-day road trip.  They will play three games in Eugene, Oregon before heading across the border into Canada to take on the Vancouver Canadians.  They will get a rare and much needed day off before returning home July 11th to once again take on the Vancouver Canadians.  This team is starting to gel together despite the lack of offense.  Let’s hope they aren’t broken up by the big-league club and given the chance to have success at this level of minor league baseball.  Come out on July 11th to Funko Field and root these kids on.  It’s good baseball and less expensive to see these future stars.  Hope to see those seats filled.

How bout them Frogs!

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