AquaSox’s offense sputters

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Canadians pitching was too much for the Everett AquaSox.

Three Vancouver pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Canadians defeated the AquaSox 5-0 Thursday night in a Northwest League game.

Javier Avendano, Colton Turner and Eric Brown combined to completely shut down Everett, which only once advanced a runner as far as third base. The Sox struck out 13 times. In addition, the Canadians turned four double plays, meaning Vancouver’s pitchers faced just three more than the minimum.

Kellen Sweeney went 2-for-3 and Matt Newman was 2-for-4 with two RBI as Vancouver (15-9 second half, 36-24 overall) got all the offense it needed early.

Marcus Littlewood’s double was the biggest offensive highlight for Everett (10-13, 38-23).

The Sox could do nothing against Avendano, Vancouver’s ace who came into the game with a 1.55 ERA through 58 innings. The right-hander threw six shutout innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Turner and Brown were even better. The pair combined to allow just one single during three innings while striking out six.

Everett starting pitcher Dylan Unsworth had a rough first inning, giving up four runs on six hits. The right-hander from South Africa was nearly perfect through the rest of his five innings, allowing just two base runners the rest of the way and at one point retiring 10 straight. He walked none and struck out seven.

Vancouver’s first-inning barrage started when Balbino Fuenmayor’s blooper to right fell in, scoring Monroe High School graduate Ian Parmley. When center fielder Janelfry Zorrilla overran the ball, Sweeney also scored. Newman followed by lining a two-run double to the right-center gap.

Unsworth settled down after that. Vancouver added insurance in the eighth when Dwight Smith Jr. bounced an RBI single through the infield to make it 5-0.

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