SPOKANE — The Everett AquaSox were in a hitting mood Monday night. The Spokane Indians were in a giving mood. Put them together and it made for a big number in the runs column for the Sox.
Everett rapped out 17 hits and was aided by four Spokane errors as the Sox blew past the Indians 16-10.
The Sox were also the beneficiaries of two bases-loaded walks and three wild pitches as Everett set a new season high for runs in a game.
Blake Trinkler drove in five runs and Mario Martinez homered for Everett (20-10), which pulled within one game of Salem-Keizer for first place in the Northwest League’s West Division.
Jared Prince, Jason Ogata, Clark Murphy and Miguel Velazquez all homered in vain for Spokane (11-19), which wasted a 15-hit performance.
Everett starting pitcher Taylor Stanton picked up the win despite giving up six runs in five innings. He allowed eight hits and two walks and struck out six as he improved to 2-1.
Spokane reliever Kyle O’Campo, who was touched up for six runs in one-plus innings of work, suffered the loss, falling to 1-2.
Everett made the decisive move during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, when the Sox piled up 10 runs to zoom ahead.
Three runs in the fourth helped Everett dig out of a 4-1 deficit. Ben Billingsley scored on a wild pitch, then Martinez belted a two-run homer to center, tying it up at 4-4.
After the Indians scored once in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, Everett surged ahead in the sixth. Shortstop Denny Duron’s booted grounder set the stage. Trinkler followed by lining a two-run double down the left-field line to give the Sox the lead. Another Duron error allowed Trinkler to score on the back end of Deybis Benitez’s infield single, and Martinez’s infield single drove in another run as Everett went ahead 8-5.
The Sox then gave themselves some breathing room in the seventh. Trinkler struck again, this time smacking a two-run triple off the center-field wall. He later scored when Spokane third baseman Daniel Lima had Billingsley’s grounder go between his legs, and Everett led 11-6.
Everett eventually stretched the lead to 10, thanks in large part by wildness from Spokane’s pitchers, before the Indians scored runs late to make it look closer.
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