VANCOUVER, B.C. — Defensive struggles and big innings continued to plague the Everett AquaSox Tuesday as they fell 7-1 to the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium as the Frogs begin their first road trip of the season.
The AquaSox (2-4) have dropped two straight and will take on Vancouver (4-2) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in the second game of the three-game series.
The Canadians broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Vancouver received RBI doubles from Deiferson Barreto and Kevin Vicuna, and RBI singles from Lance Jones and Norberto Obeso.
The sixth ruined a strong outing from Everett starting pitcher Ryne Inman, who allowed two runs — one earned — on three hits while fanning five in 51⁄3 innings of work. Reliever Matt Clancy worked just 1⁄3 of an inning and gave up five runs — three earned — on four hits and two walks as the Canadians turned a close game into a rout.
Everett got off to a strong start as Eugene Helder’s solo home run to center field in the top of the first gave the AquaSox a 1-0 lead. The AquaSox squandered a chance to add to their lead when they left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth.
The Canadians drew even with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth when a sacrifice fly from Jones scored Barreto to make it 1-1.
Barreto and Vicuna each had a pair of hits including a double to lead Vancouver. Juliandry Higuera earned the win with 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
Joseph Rosa, elevated to the leadoff spot, had two hits including a double for Everett. Jonas Lantigua also had two hits for the Frogs, who fanned 11 times collectively in the loss.