Opponent: Yakima Bears
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)
Probable starting pitchers: Everett right-hander Eric Thomas (0-0, 3.60) vs. right-hander Enrique Burgos (0-1, 10.38)
Worth the wait
Waiting six days to make his professional debut was far from the most difficult thing Stephen Pryor had to endure this week.
The AquaSox relief pitcher and recent Seattle Mariners draft pick is more out-of-sorts about being away from his wife and child.
Pryor, who turns 21 next month, already misses wife Christian and 15-month-old daughter Peyton, whom he had to leave behind in Tennessee after getting assigned to Everett. He won’t get to see them again until the Pryor girls make a scheduled trip to the area on July 7.
On the baseball diamond, Stephen Pryor seems to be making a much more smooth adjustment. After arriving in Everett six days earlier, he made his debut in Wednesday night’s 4-2 win over Yakima and struck out four of the six batters he faced to earn the save.
“I was happy with it, being my first outing,” Pryor said before Thursday’s game.
A fifth-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, Pryor is the highest pick from the 2010 draft class currently playing in Everett. He had to get in the required two bullpen sessions before making his playing debut, so Pryor knew his first outing would take a few days.
When called upon Wednesday night, the rookie was ready.
“I was excited to respond,” said Pryor, who holds the Tennessee Tech record for career strikeouts. “I was glad to help out the team.”
Heading into Thursday night’s game, Everett had played five consecutive games that were decided by two runs or less. The AquaSox won all five. … Mariners pitching coordinator Nasusel Cabrera, who was in town for the first week of the season, moved on Thursday. … After tonight’s game, the AquaSox will hit the road for a five-game series in Spokane. The next home game is July 1, against Salem-Keizer.
Scott Johnson, Herald Writer