By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — D.J. Peterson slugged his second grand slam in six days, leading the Everett AquaSox to a 5-3 victory over the Spokane Indians on Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Sox loaded the bases with nobody out, and Jack Reinheimer singled up the middle to break the deadlock. Then Peterson stepped up and hammered an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence to make it 5-0. Peterson also hit a grand slam in Everett’s 6-5 home victory over Hillsboro last Sunday, and the Seattle Mariners’ first-round draft pick has 13 RBI in 10 games.
Spokane rallied in the top of the ninth thanks to RBI doubles by Marcus Greene and Gabe Roa, but could only pull within two.
Three Everett pitchers combined on a four-hitter, including allowing just one hit over the first eight innings. However, it was a messy four-hitter as they combined to walk seven batters and hit another three.
Reggie Lawson added three hits for Everett (13-2), which extended its winning streak to six. With Vancouver losing 4-1 to Tri-City, the Sox increased their lead atop the Northwest League’s North Division to five games.
Spokane fell to 6-9.
Richard Vargas was Everett’s most dominating arm in the bullpen through the first two weeks of the season, and his performance earned him a promotion.
The fireballing right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic was promoted to Clinton of the Class A Midwest League just before the Sox departed Tuesday for their three-game series in Pasco against Tri-City. In four appearances with the Sox, Vargas was virtually untouchable, allowing no runs and just three base runners in 61/3 innings while striking out 12. He had saves in three of his four appearances.
Vargas’ promotion was just a matter of time. At 22 years old he was one of the oldest pitchers on Everett’s staff, and he spent time at Clinton last year.
Longtime Seattle sportswriter Jim Street will be at tonight’s game signing copies of his book, “Life From the Press Box.”
Street served as the Seattle Mariners beat writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1986-1998. Before that he spent 15 years with the San Jose Mercury-News, and he covered the Mariners for MLB.com from 2001-10. “Life From the Press Box,” chronicles his career as a sportswriter, including anecdotes from his time covering the Mariners.
A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to the AquaSox Community Fund.