By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Tri-City Dust Devils scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to snap a tie and defeat the Everett AquaSox 3-1 on Wednesday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The score was tied 1-1 going into the ninth when Tri-City struck. With one out, Julian Yan beat out an infield single to shortshop, then stole second. Cesar Galvez followed with a blooper down the left-field line that just landed fair, allowing Yan to score the go-ahead run. Galvez then took third on a passed ball and scored when Sox second baseman Lonnie Kauppila couldn’t handle Patrick Hutcheson’s grounder.
Everett came a whisker away from tying it in the bottom of the ninth. With one on and nobody out, Austin Wilson put a charge into a ball down the left-field line. The ball easily cleared the fence, but it landed in the netting behind the wall just foul. Wilson ended up striking out, and Dust Devils reliever Trent Daniel overcame two walks to nail down the save, his Northwest League-leading ninth.
Pat Valaika added a solo home run for Tri-City (1-1 second half, 20-20 overall). Reliever Shane Broyles picked up the win, striking out six of the seven batters he faced. The Dust Devils also overcame an adventurous night on the bases as they were thrown out on their first four stolen base attempts, preventing rallies.
Jack Reinheimer went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored the lone run for Everett (1-1, 24-16), which is stuck in an offensive slump. The Sox have scored just four runs in their past four games.
Tri-City opened the scoring in the fifth when Valaika belted the first pitch of the inning out to left to give the Dust Devils a 1-0 lead. The Sox tied it in the sixth on Wilson’s RBI single to right.
Everett pitcher Steven Ewing turned in his third straight solid start in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Tri-City. In six innings, he allowed two runs on five hits and one walk, striking out seven. It was the third consecutive start in which the left-hander allowed two or fewer runs and struck out more than a batter per inning. In the three starts prior to this stretch, Ewing allowed 14 runs in 112/3 innings.
“I think it’s mental,” Everett manager Rob Mummau said about the reason for Ewing’s turnaround. “He’s just attacking the strike zone better and not trying to be too fine, challenging the hitters and not giving them too much credit.”
Unfortunately for Ewing, he hasn’t received any payoff for his recent success, getting a loss and two no decisions in his past three starts.
“He’s had some tough luck, I don’t think we’ve scored a whole lot of runs for him in his outings,” Mummau said. “But maybe next time.”
While third baseman D.J. Peterson departed Everett for Clinton of the mid-Class A Midwest League on Wednesday, the Sox did receive some reinforcements in the form of first baseman Kyle Petty and pitcher Cameron Copping, who joined the team Wednesday.
Petty, who hails from Stewartsville, N.J., was the Seattle Mariners’ 23rd-round pick in this year’s draft out of California University of Pennsylvania. He began his professional career with Seattle’s affiliate in the rookie Arizona League, where in 22 games he batted .349 with no homers, 13 RBI and six stolen bases.
Copping, from Los Angeles, was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2012 out of the University of Buffalo. He had been playing for Clinton, where in six games he was 0-0 with a 9.90 ERA, walking three and striking out five in 10 innings. He also threw four scoreless innings for Pulaski of the rookie Appalachian League earlier this season.