AquaSox notes: Tri-City hands Everett its first loss

EVERETT — Everett suffered its first loss of the season, falling 8-4 to Tri-City.

The AquaSox won their first four games. Indeed, Everett never trailed in those four games.

But Tri-City batted around in the top of the third inning Tuesday, putting five runs on the board to take a 5-1 lead the Dust Devils never relinquished. The rally began with a double steal that saw Marcos Derkes come home on the back end. Tri-City then loaded the bases, with one run scoring on a hit batter, two on Ben Waldrip’s single, and the final one on Ashley Graeter’s sacrifice fly.

Everett fell behind 7-1, but gradually crept closer, and the Sox brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the eighth. However, reliever Carlos Estevez struck out Michael Faulkner to end the threat.

Cesar Galvez had three hits to pace a 14-hit Dust Devils attack, and Tri-City could have scored more but left 16 runners on base. Jonathan Vargas threw five solid innings to pick up the win for Tri-City (3-2).

Carlton Tanabe doubled and homered to lead Everett (4-1).

Delayed start

Everett first baseman Justin Seager’s professional debut has been on hold, but it should be coming soon.

Seager, the Seattle Mariners’ 12th-round pick in this year’s draft, has yet to play this season because of a bout of blood poisoning, but he’s over the worst of it and nearing a return to activity.

When Seager reported to the Sox last week, he did so with a cut on his wrist that was not baseball related. The situation worsened by the time the Sox arrived in Spokane for their season-opening series against the Indians. He was examined by Indians team doctor Barbara Brandon and diagnosed with blood poisoning. He spent the weekend in Spokane receiving treatment instead of playing.

But Seager should get his chance soon. Everett athletic trainer Spyder Webb said the Sox were being cautious with Seager, but that he’s feeling better and should be cleared to resume activity today. His debut is expected later this week.

Zamarripa sidelined

Everett was without center fielder James Zamarripa on Tuesday. Zamarripa pulled up lame when legging out a grounder in the second inning of Everett’s 5-4 victory over Tri-City on Monday. He was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring. Webb said Zamarripa was feeling much better Tuesday, though Zamarripa was held out of baseball activity. He’s expected to return to activity today and be back in the lineup Thursday.

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