SPOKANE — It took a few innings, but the Everett AquaSox finally found their offensive groove in Game 2 of their Northwest League Divisional Series on Thursday night.
The Sox scored six runs on five hits in the fourth inning en route to an 8-3 victory over the Spokane Indians. The best-of-three series is tied 1-1, with the decisive game set for 1:05 p.m. Friday at Avista Stadium in Spokane.
Thursday’s game began as a pitchers’ duel between Spokane’s Jake Latz and Everett’s Orlando Razo. Latz started the game with three consecutive 1-2-3 innings, and Razo allowed just two hits and no runs in his first three innings.
In the fourth, the tides changed for Latz. Everett’s Charlie McConnell singled on the first pitch he saw. Matt Sanders doubled two pitches later, putting runners on second and third for Josh Stowers. Stowers got hit in the shin to load the bases for Cal Raleigh.
Raleigh worked a walk off Latz, bringing McConnell home for the first run of the game. The next batter, Bobby Honeyman, singled to right field scoring Sanders and Stowers. Ryne Ogren followed Honeyman with a ball hit to right field that was misplayed into a run-scoring double, giving the AquaSox a 4-0 lead.
Everett added two more runs in the inning on an RBI groundout by Nick Rodriguez and a run-scoring single by Jansiel Rivera.
Razo started the bottom of the fourth with a strikeout of Sherten Apostel, however, back-to-back singles by Francisco Ventura and Tanner Gardner puts two Indians on base for Isaias Quiroz, who hit a line drive home run to left field, cutting Everett’s lead to 6-3, but that was as close as the Indians would get.
winning pitcher Cody Brown, who replaced Razo in the fifth inning, and Dayeison Arias, who picked up a save, combined to shut out Spokane the rest of the way.