AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox bullpen falters late in loss to Indians

Leading by one, Everett gives up four runs in the bottom of the eighth in a 5-2 loss to Spokane.

SPOKANE — Continuing his return from a slight shoulder injury, Emerson Hancock turned in a quality performance, but the Everett AquaSox bullpen faltered late in a 5-2 loss to the Spokane Indians on Wednesday night at Avista Stadium.

Hancock, who missed nearly a month resting a sore shoulder, tossed 3.2 strong innings, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out three and walking one. Nate Fisher entered in relief and also turned in a solid performance. Fisher allowed no runs on only one hit in 3.1 innings while striking out a pair.

But the AquaSox’s strong pitching performance hit a wall in the bottom of the eighth inning. Leading 2-1, Igor Januario allowed three earned runs and Nolan Hoffman allowed another as the Indians rallied for a 5-2 lead and the win.

Everett (51-28) was held to just three total hits in the game. Connor Hoover hit a solo home run, his 10th of the season, Dariel Gomez doubled and Joseph Rosa had a base hit.

Colton Welker went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Isaac Collins and Ezequiel Tovar each drove in two runs for Spokane (39-41).

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