The Everett AquaSox stopped the Vancouver Canadians’ two-game winning streak with a 9-2 triumph at Ron Tonkin Field Friday.
The scoring did not begin until the top of the fourth. Jake Anchia began the frame with an infield single to short off Luis Quinones who then alternated groundouts by hitting Kaden Polcovich and Carter Bins with pitches that loaded the bases. A walk by Jack Larsen then brought in Anchia to put Everett on the board. Left-hander Marcus Reyes replaced Quinones but he threw a wild pitch that sent Polcovich home with run number two for the AquaSox.
The Canadians cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Cameron Eden started the frame with a double to left field off Levi Stoudt. Eden would complete the trip to home plate on consecutive groundouts by Spencer Horwitz and Tanner Morris to first and second respectively.
The Frogs would answer back with a big inning in the top of the fifth. Anchia singled home a Joseph Rosa double. An RBI single by Polcovich and a two-run knock by Frick expanded Everett’s to 6-1.
The AquaSox added three more runs in the eighth with a Tyler Keenan three-run home run off Cobi Johnson that brought in a Frick base hit and a Bins walk.
Vancouver picked up the game’s final run in their penultimate at-bat. Eric Rivera singled to right off Kyle Hill before advancing to second on a grounder to the four-spot by Morris and to third on a Philip Clarke single to right. Rivera then tagged up and scored on an Eden fly ball to right.
Quinones had runners on first and second just two pitches into the game thanks to singles by Polcovich and Frick. Back-to-back walks to Larsen and Keenan also complicated matters but Bins had grounded into a fielder’s choice and was caught stealing second before the free passes. Quinones then got Marlowe to fly out to end the first.
The second inning continued to show flashes of brilliance and struggles of command for Quinones. He walked two batters but struck out the side and followed that up by stranding a single and walk in the third. The final line showed 3-2/3 innings of two-run ball on four hits, six walks and two hit by pitches. That was the second start in a row that Quinones walked a half-dozen but he matched that with six strikeouts.
Reyes was rocked for four runs on five hits and allowed both Quinones runners to score over 2-1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Johnson surrendered the three-run homer among two hits and walked a pair but rung up five over two innings.
Parker Caracci finished up the ninth with just one hit allowed.
Tanner Kirwer began the game for Vancouver with a walk, got to second on a Clarke groundout to the right side of the infield and stole his 25th base of the year. Eden would go down swinging and Horwitz tapped back to the mound to keep Kirwer from advancing the final 90 feet.
Kirwer reached base on a two-out fielder’s choice in the third inning and ran up to second on a wild pitch but Clarke struck out to leave Kirwer in scoring position.
Eden singled with one out in the sixth and swiped his 20th bag of the year but Stoudt got Horwitz to ground out to first and Morris to fly out to left to end his outing.
Eden and Schneider were the only C’s to reach base twice. Eden had two base hits
Vancouver went down on strikes 12 times in this one with Ryan Gold donning the golden sombrero. Everyone save for Horwitz heard strike three at least once. AquaSox reliever Ben Onyshko highlighted the C’s inability to make contact by striking out the side in the seventh.
Davis Schneider reached base three times without the benefit of a hit. He was hit by a pitch in the third but was forced out on Kirwer’s fielder’s choice. The fifth inning saw Schneider draw a walk to begin the inning but was cut down at second when Rivera grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. After Morris began the ninth with a base hit to left off Jarod Bayless, Schneider got aboard on a Keenan error at first with two away before Rivera struck out to end the game.
Vancouver will send Sam Ryan to the slope in the second-to-last game of this series. CanadiansBaseball.com will have the game beginning at 7:05 p.m.
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