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

AquaSox fall to Emeralds in matchup of best in High-A West

Everett’s offense struggles in a 9-3 loss to open the six-game series.

EUGENE, Ore. — In a matchup of the two top teams in the High-A West, Eugene limited the Everett offense to just four hits and the Emeralds pulled within a half-game of first place with a 9-3 win over the AquaSox on Tuesday night at PK Park.

Recently promoted infielder Brett Auerbach had a monster night at the plate for the Emeralds, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and six runs batted in.

Juan Then started on the mound for the AquaSox and labored through two innings. Then allowed four runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Fred Villareal entered in relief and settled things down with three scoreless innings. Bryan Pall, on a rehab assignment from the Tacoma Rainiers, entered in the sixth and allowed three runs on four hits in just two-thirds on an inning as the Emeralds pulled away.

Auston Shenton had a double and a run batted in, and Jack Anchia and Zach DeLoach each had an RBI for Everett (34-19).

Ismael Munguia went 4-for-5 and Franklin Labour had three hits for Eugene (34-20).

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