PASCO — The Everett AquaSox went the final four weeks of the first half of the Northwest League season without losing back-to-back games.
It took all of two days for the Sox to suffer that fate to start the second half.
Everett dropped its second straight to begin the second half, falling 5-2 to the Tri-City Dust Devils on Thursday night.
Everett dominated the West Division in the first half, winning the division by a whopping 10 games and closing out the first half winning 19 of 25. The last time the Sox lost back-to-back games was June 29-30 at Spokane.
But the second half hasn’t been as kind to Everett. Everett scored two runs in the first two games, and the Sox committed six errors leading to eight unearned runs.
Hector Gomez homered and Jeremiah Sammy drove in two runs to lead the Dust Devils (2-0 second half, 19-21 overall). Josh Mueller pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run to pick up the win and improve to 2-0. Craig Bennigson worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
Kevin Rivers and Ryan Royster had two hits apiece to pace Everett (0-2, 27-13).
Chris Sorce took the loss for Everett, dropping to 3-2. He went 51/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk, fanning two.
Everett opened the scoring — and got its first run of the second half — in the top of the fourth. First Kevin Mailloux doubled off the left-field wall, then one out later dashed for third while Mueller still had the ball. Mueller stepped off but threw wildly to third, and Mailloux trotted home to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.
Tri-City tied the score in the fifth when Gomez jerked a ball down the left-field line that just stayed fair for a homer, making it 1-1.
The Sox shot themselves in the foot in the sixth, First, Dustin Garneau doubled over the head of left fielder Dwight Britton, driving in one run to give the Dust Devils the lead. Then with two out Hector Gomez hit a pop fly to left that Britton dropped, allowing another run to score. Jeremiah Sammy followed with a two-run single as Tri-City surged to a 5-1 lead.
Everett got one back in the seventh when Steven Baron’s groundout scored Ryan Royster from third to make it 5-2.