The AquaSox currently have a four-game winning streak going into Sunday’s game!

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Everett AquaSox returned home for the final games of the season on Saturday still searching for some offense. They just got back from an 8-game road trick where they went 3-5 on the trip. The offense has gone south since the All-Star break. Now was the time to get out of this funk with the playoffs just around the corner. Their opponents were the Tri-City Dust Devils. The first 2 games were on Saturday where the Frogs played a rare double header. The Frogs had gone 2-6 against the Dust Devils. Tri-Cities was the only team that the Frogs had a losing record too. Now was the time to change that.

he man they call Razo started game one as the Frogs were the “Visitors” for this ballgame. The game was cancelled last month to the smoky air. The Frogs took an early 2-0 lead in the top half of the 1st inning on solo home-runs by Charlie McConnell and Josh Stowers. Razo was focused from the moment he arrived at the ballpark as he went out to pitch the bottom of the first. He allowed a base hit but otherwise shut them down. In fact, over the first 4 innings he was literally unhittable as he struck out 4 and allowed only 3 baserunners by walk and 2 measly hits. In the 3rd, the Frogs went up 3-0 on a RBI single by Cal Raleigh.

In the 5th, Razo had his only bad inning of the night as he allowed a solo homerun and a walk. Razo would end the night after 5 innings, striking out 6 batter and walking 2. He also allowed 1 run on 3 hits. Razo lowered his era to 3.24. Again, Frog fans couldn’t give this man the ovation he deserves since he didn’t come out for the 6th. The Frogs would counter with 2 runs in the 6th on a 2-run single by Matt Sanders. Tri-Cities mustered up another run, but that was all as the Frogs took game 1 5-2 as Razo secured his 5th win of the season.

Game 2 started shortly after that with starter Cody Mobley on the mound. There weren’t too many highlights, so we will focus on Cody. He pitched a perfect 5 innings of no-hit ball as he left with a 3-0 lead. Tri-Cities would plate 1 run in the final inning on 1 hit, but Nolan Hoffman came into the ballgame and shut them down for the save. Everett finished with only 3 runs on 5 hits, but it was enough to sweep the Dust Devils.

Game 3 was under beautiful skies as AquaSox all-star Jheyson Caraballo took the mound in perhaps his best Jekyll and Hyde performance. He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits in the 1st inning as we all thought this was going to be a blowout, but he proved us wrong. He ended up leaving after 4 innings, but only after he retired 11 batters in a row after those 4 runs scored. Jheyson looked like the All Star we all fell in love with those final 11 batters. Everett would score their 1st run of the ballgame when Bobby Honeyman scored on a wild pitch by Tri-Cities. The game would stay 4-1 until the 6th inning when Tri-Cities plated another of the Frogs bullpen to go up 5-1.

Other than that, the bullpen would have a few problems, but they shut them down the rest of the ballgame. In the bottom of the 8th, the Frogs attempted a comeback that fell just short as they scored 2 runs on RBI hits by Cal Raleigh and Bobby Honeyman. That was all she wrote though as the Frogs fell 5-3.

Game 4 was on Labor Day in front of a big crowd. The Frogs wanted to send the fans home with a victory on the last day of the season as their bats came alive. Newcomer Elias Espino took the mound and though he faced some difficult innings, he did last 4 2/3 innings and was successful despite the bad fielding. Both teams would plate a run in the 2nd inning. Jansiel Rivera lined a double scoring the Frogs run. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Frogs came alive as they nearly batted around the batting order twice.

The Frogs would score 7 runs on 5 hits. Tri-Cities would be sloppy in the field that would help the Frogs too. The highlights of the inning were a 2-run double by Bobby Honeyman and a 2-run single by Jansiel Rivera perhaps my favorite hit of the entire season. The enthusiasm of this kid was something not only me but perhaps the entire Frog audience would appreciate. It was something that I will never forget. Tri-Cities would score 2 more runs later in the game but it wasn’t enough as Everett won the ballgame 8-3.

The Frogs ended up the 2nd half of the season under .500 but they won the 1st half which qualifies them for the playoffs once again. It was another amazing season by these young kids who all have the same goal, to make the major leagues one day. If you haven’t come out to Everett, you should. If you can’t come for the playoffs, mark it on your calendar for next season. The environment, the action on the field, the roar of the crowd, the sound of the bat. It’s the best experience a baseball fan will never forget. Did I mention family friendly?

This Wednesday, September 5th, the Frogs start the playoffs. Game 1 is against the Spokane Indians in the best of 3 (games 2 and 3 on the road). If the Frogs make the championship, game one starts Saturday September 8th in a best of 5 series. Game 2 is also in Everett on September 9th. Games 3-5 if they go that far will be at their opponents home yet to be determined. Hope to see you at the ballpark. Thank you Frogs for an amazing summer!

Go Frogs!

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