SPOKANE — fter regaining control of their own playoff destiny with Tuesday night’s win over Spokane, the Everett Aquasox lost it again Wednesday night when they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Indians at Avista Stadium.
In a game twice delayed by heavy rain and wind, Everett (20-15 second half, 36-37 overall) never really found an offensive rhythm against Spokane starter Santo Perez (6-4) and two Indian relievers.
Perez pitched six innings, giving up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Everett’s loss combined with Eugene’s win over Yakima, dropped Everett one game behind the first-place Emeralds in the Northwest League West Division second-half standings.
The good news for the Frogs, who need to finish atop the division for the second half or with the division’s second-best overall record to make the playoffs, was that Vancouver lost 10-1 at Boise and remains just two games ahead of Everett in the overall record race with three games to go.
Spokane snapped a seven-game losing skid by jumping ahead early. The Sox are 13-23 when the opposing team scores first.
Zachary Cone lifted a fly ball over the left field wall in the bottom of the third to give the Indians a 1-0 edge. Cone’s homer was the first hit of the game surrendered by Jose Campos (5-5), who started for the Frogs.
The Aquasox’s 6-foot, 4-inch right-hander got two quick outs in the fourth before a single and a pair of two-out doubles, led to two Spokane runs.
Everett’s Jabari Blash crushed his team-high 11th homer of the season.