PASCO — The Everett AquaSox fell short in their bid for a sweep as the Tri-City Dust Devils topped the Frogs 3-0 before 2,662 fans at Gesa Stadium Friday.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the AquaSox (12-17), who squandered a sterling effort from starting pitcher Jose Santiago (0-1), who allowed a run on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 in five innings.
But Tri-City starter Henry Henry (1-3) was even better. He retired a dozen in a row at one point, and allowed just two hits and no walks while fanning six in seven shutout innings.
Everett managed just three hits. Brayan Hernandez singled in the first, Onil Pena singled in the second and Joe Venturino singled in the eighth against reliever Trevor Megill.
Hernandez later left the game during his final at-bat in the ninth with a reported hand injury. Aaron Stroosma replaced Hernandez at the plate and struck out on the next pitch.
The Dust Devils took a 1-0 led in the bottom of the second. With one out Jalen Washington walked, and one out later Luis Anguizola doubled him in with the game’s first run.
That was it until the bottom of the eighth. Robbie Podorsky and Justin Lopez worked back-to-back, one-out walks and both scored on an RBI double by Luis Almanzar to push the Dust Devils’ lead to 3-0.
Lopez doubled twice to lead the Dust Devils, who finished with just four hits.
Megill and Jose Galindo each pitched an inning in relief of Henry to preserve the shutout. The three Tri-City hurlers combined to fan 11 AquaSox while Everett pitchers struck out 13 collectively.
Per Friday night’s radio broadcast on KRKO 1380-AM, the Frogs learned prior to the game that first baseman Evan White, the first-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in this year’s draft, re-aggravated a leg injury Thursday and has been sent to Seattle’s Arizona League affiliate in Peoria to rehab the injury.
There was no timetable announced for White’s return.
The AquaSox head to Eugene for a five-game series against the Emeralds beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Everett returns home on Thursday for a five-game series against the Boise Hawks.