The Everett AquaSox fell to the Eugene Emeralds 5-1 Friday night in front of 2,104 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium. The win snapped Eugene’s five game losing streak and improved their record to 5-1 against the AquaSox this season.
The game was dominated by solid pitching and sloppy defense, especially from the AquaSox infield. Thyago Vieira lasted six innings, but walks and wild pitches cost him three runs. Kyle Lloyd pitched five innings in relief for his fourth win.
The Emeralds struck first against Vieira in the second inning, and most of their scoring was due to the Brazilian’s wildness. Vieira hit Michael Miller to begin the inning, and Miller moved to second on a groundout. Vieira then balked Miller to third, and the Eugene catcher scored on an RBI groundout from Chase Jensen. Even with the bases now empty, Vieira loaded them again, and Henry Charles came around to score on a wild pitch to extend the Emeralds’ lead to 2-0.
Eugene struck again in the fourth inning. After Edwin Moreno reached on an error and Ronnie Richardson walked, Vieira was almost out of the woods when he retired Michael Bass and Trae Santos. But a two-out RBI single from Miller scores Moreno and extended the Emeralds’ lead to 3-0.
Vieira lasted six innings for the Frogs, marking his longest start since June 22. He allowed three runs (two earned) on just two base hits, but he walked three and hit two batters while striking out three.
On the offensive side, starter Erik Schoenrock and Lloyd silenced the Everett bats for the first five innings, allowing just two total hits. The AquaSox broke through in the sixth with a bit of good fortune, as Carlton Tanabe reached on a two-out strikeout when the pitch went wild. That put runners at the corners with two outs, and Reggie Lawson delivered an RBI single, scoring Jack Reinheimer and cutting the lead to 3-1.
The Emeralds jumped right back on the scoring train in the seventh inning and they pushed two more runs across without a hit. Richard White, who replaced Vieira, was extremely sloppy, and the first two runners reached on a hit by pitch and a walk. Then Richardson came around to score on what should have been an inning-ending double play, but Bryan Brito threw the ball past Reinheimer and into left field. Eugene increased their lead to 5-1 on a sacrifice fly from Wynton Bernard.
AquaSox centerfielder Ian Miller, in just his second game with the team, left the game in the second inning with a right hamstring strain. Michael Faulkner took his place and made some fantastic defensive plays.
The AquaSox have four more games against the Emeralds including Saturday’s Frogstock, presented by K & H Print Solutions. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.