AquaSox hammer Emeralds 10-1
One day after seeing their winning streak snapped, the Sox found themselves back in the victory column, blowing out the Eugene Emeralds 10-1 on a drizzly Monday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Eugene halted Everett's six-game win streak in extra innings Sunday in the first game of their three-game set. But the Sox left nothing to chance Monday, using a pair of big innings to rout the Emeralds.
"I hope so," Everett manager Rob Mummau said when asked if Monday's win was the start of another streak. "We'll find out. But that was a real good win."
Everett was the better team both at the plate and on the mound Monday. The Sox received a quality start from Steven Ewing, then used a three-run rally in the fourth inning and a six-run outburst in the seventh to cruise to victory.
Taylor Ard, Patrick Kivlehan, Janelfry Zorilla and Ketel Marte each went 2-for-4 to lead Everett's balanced, 13-hit attack. Ard homered to match Marcus Littlewood for the team lead with three, and he and Kivlehan both drove in three runs.
Everett improved to 14-4. With Vancouver losing 2-1 to Salem-Keizer Monday, the Sox's lead in the Northwest League's West Division increased to 31/2 games.
Jason Hagerty went 2-for-4 to pace Eugene (9-8).
For the third time already this season Everett faced a position player brought in as a pitcher. This time it was Corey Adamson, who was the offensive star of Sunday's game and served as the designated hitter Monday. Adamson was Eugene's seventh pitcher of the game.
Everett's big innings were the product not so much of big bangs, but a bunch of little ones. The Sox had four singles among their five hits in the fourth as they took a 3-0 lead. Then they had four singles among their six hits in the seventh as they broke the game open, though Kivlehan's three-run double in the seventh was the killing blow.
"We got a couple bunts down, then Kivlehan came up with the big three-RBI double that broke it open," Mummau said. "It was good for him. He's got a lot of potential, he's a big guy with some power, so it was good to see him get the big hit there."
Ewing, making his second start of the season, had a solid outing. The left-hander allowed just one run in six innings to pick up his first professional victory. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two.
"Ewing gave us a really nice start," Mummau said. "He only gave up the one earned run and he just threw strikes and kept their hitters off balance."
Grady Wood was lights out in relief of Ewing. The side-arming righty struck out five during his three scoreless frames as he picked up his first save.
The Sox could muster nothing against Eugene starter Brandon Alger, who faced the minimum through three innings. The only Everett batter to reach base the first time through the order was Jamodrick McGruder, who got on board via error and was immediately erased by a double play.
But Alger was on a short leash, being pulled after three innings, and the Sox struck immediately once he was removed. In the bottom of the fourth against Joe Church the inning got off to a quick start for Everett when Chris Taylor dropped a bloop double into center.
After that it was a steady stream of singles. Four of the following five batters singled, with Ard, Alfredo Morales and Zorilla all driving in runs as the Sox took a 3-0 lead.
Ewing cruised through five innings before the Emeralds finally broke through in the sixth. Eugene loaded the bases with one out, then Chris Burke hit a sacrifice fly to right to get the Emeralds on the board.
But the Sox busted it open in the seventh. Everett loaded the bases with nobody out. Jean Acevedo's single brought home one run, then Ard walked to force in another. One out later, Kivlehan ripped a liner over the head of center fielder Ronnie Richardson, clearing the bases. Later in the inning Zorilla added an RBI single as the Sox went ahead 9-1.
Ard capped off the scoring by blasting a solo homer off Adamson in the eighth.
For the box score from Monday night's game, see the Scoreboard on Page C4.
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