By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
Opponent: Tri-City Dust Devils
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)
Probable starters: Everett left-hander Edlando Seco (2-1, 2.47 ERA) vs. Tri-City right-hander Erik Stavert (1-3, 3.06)
No resolution yet from Boise forfeit
The Everett AquaSox, Boise Hawks, Chicago Cubs and Northwest League are still figuring out how to resolve the financial aspect of the infamous forfeit incident.
On Aug. 7 the Hawks forfeited a game at Everett when manager Jody Davis refused to field a team because of wet field conditions. Less than one inning of the game had been played to that point, and a Saturday night crowd at Everett Memorial Stadium was left without a game, prompting the Sox to offer attendees free tickets to future games.
Since then the league, Sox, Hawks and Cubs — Boise’s parent club — have discussed the possibility of financial compensation for Everett. However, the incident is unprecedented in Northwest League history, and as of Friday nothing had been determined.
“The key component for us is we want the public to know that we don’t hold Boise responsible for it,” Everett executive vice president Tom Backemeyer said. “But at the same time we lost one of our Saturday nights, so we’re going to work with the league, Boise and the Cubs for an equitable solution.
“We encourage all fans who were here that night to bring their tickets back and come watch another regular season game,” Backemeyer added. “We apologize that it happened, that they didn’t get to see a game, and encourage them to come out to one of the remaining 10 games.”
Backemeyer said there is no timeline for resolving the issue.
The Sox opened the homestand down an outfielder as Dwight Britton was temporarily promoted to West Tennessee of the Class AA Southern League. Britton is needed at West Tennessee because of injuries, but he’s expected to return to Everett in a few days.
On the plus side the Sox received shortstop Anthony Phillips back during the recent road trip. Phillips was called upon in a similar situation as Britton, being temporarily promoted to Tacoma of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to help cover for injuries.
Also joining the team during the road trip was pitcher Taylor Lewis. Lewis, a right-hander, began last season with the Sox before being suspended by the Seattle Mariners because of an off-field incident. This season, before arriving in Everett, Lewis pitched for Clinton of the mid single-A Midwest League, going 3-2 with a 6.06 ERA in 49 innings.
Sox infielder Terry Serrano was out of the starting lineup Friday, his fourth straight game on the sidelines. However Serrano, who’s been out with shoulder soreness that hindered his swing, participated fully in pregame activities Friday and was available as a substitute.
Serrano had been in a slump before being sidelined. In the four games prior to being rested Serrano was just 1-for-16, dropping his batting average from .317 to .292.