PASCO — The little things win baseball games. Saturday night against the Everett AquaSox, it was the Tri-City Dust Devils who did the little things.
The AquaSox might have had more pop in their bats, but it was the Dust Devils that made the right plays at the right times, handing Everett the 4-1 loss.
The loss was the Frogs’ second straight after eight consecutive victories, which tied an Everett record set by the then Everett Giants in 1985.
Four of Everett’s nine hits in the game were for extra bases, but the AquaSox were unable to score until the seventh inning.
But they had their opportunities.
In the first inning Mario Martinez doubled to left field with two-outs, but the next hitter, Juan Fuentes, grounded out to end the Everett half of the first inning.
In the top of the third inning with two-outs, Ryan Royster tripled to center field. Tri-City third baseman Joseph Sanders took care of the threat, catching a Hawkins Gebbers line drive to end the inning.
Tri-City picked up the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning.
Jose Gonzalez led off with a single to center field and stole second base following an Alexander Feinberg strikeout. Joey Wong moved Gonzalez to third with an infield single and Tim Wheeler singled to right field to bring Gonzalez home for the game’s first run.
With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Wellington Dotel doubled to right field and a batter later, Blake Trinkler hit a two-out RBI single, tying it up 1-1.
The tie was short-lived. The Dust Devils scored three runs to break the game open in their half of the seventh.
With the loss, second-place Everett fell farther behind Northwest League West Division leader Salem-Keizer, which defeated Yakima 7-5 in 10 innings Saturday.