EVERETT — Everett AquaSox starting pitcher Orlando Razo turned in another quality start Tuesday night in Everett’s 4-3 loss to visiting Vancouver.
Razo (1-2) did not factor in the decision, but went six strong innings while fanning six with no walks, scattering five hits and two runs. He lowered his earned-run average to 3.27, which is second among Northwest League starters behind Tri-City’s Henry Henry.
Razo is in his second professional season after the Seattle Mariners selected him in the 16th round out of UC Davis in 2017. The lefthander spent last season with Peoria and made one start at Clinton (Wisc.) and Modesto (Calif.) this season before he was assigned to Everett.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Razo has gone at least five innings in eight of his 10 starts this season.
“He’s one of those college kids that knows what he is doing,” Everett manager Jose Moreno said. “He’s able to throw fastball, breaking ball and his secondary pitches for strikes when he’s behind in the count. He’s very effective for this league, and I’m very happy that he’s been doing a real good job for us.”
Razo exited Tuesday’s game after 82 pitches with a 3-2 lead. Reliever Cody Mobley gave up two runs in the seventh inning and suffered the loss, though he retired the final nine Vancouver hitters he faced.
The AquaSox built their initial lead in Tuesday’s game when Bobby Honeyman led off the bottom of the second inning with his first professional home run. The lefthanded hitting Honeyman lined a two-strike pitch from lefthanded Vancouver starter Elio Silva over the right-field fence on to the grassy berm.
“I figured he was going to come with a fastball,” Honeyman said. “I just put a good swing on it and didn’t try to do too much. Luckily I ran into one. As soon as I hit it I knew.”
Honeyman is now slashing .313/.363/.422 with a homer and eight RBI in 83 at-bats in 23 games for Everett while playing mostly third base. He recently returned to Everett on July 17 after spending the previous week at advanced-A Modesto. He appeared in six games and collected five hits and an RBI in 22 at-bats with the Nuts.
“It was definitely nice to get the experience,” Honeyman said. “That’s a really talented group of guys there (at Modesto), but it was definitely nice to come back with the team winning the first-half championship. It’s a great experience going up and down and getting see every place.”
Honeyman has also played several games at first base this season. Nick Rodriguez was at first on Wednesday after regular first baseman Ryan Garcia left Tuesday’s game in the top of the fifth with a hamstring injury.
Garcia stretched for a line drive off the bat of Otto Lopez and immediately came out of the game. He was replaced by Rodriguez, who grounded into a double play and finished 0-for-2.
Garcia took batting practice Wednesday and is officially day-to-day.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a real serious injury, but we have to wait,” Moreno said.
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