Kirby solid, AquaSox lose to Dust Devils in extra innings

The Mariners’ first-round pick tosses two strong innings, but Everett falls 5-4.

PASCO — In his second professional start, Seattle Mariners’ first-round pick George Kirby pitched two solid innings, but the Everett AquaSox lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-4 in 10 innings on Thursday at Gesa Stadium.

Kirby allowed only one hit and struck out one on 21 pitches. Deivy Floridio took over for Kirby and allowed 10 hits, four earned runs, walked one and struck out three over five innings.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis Jr. collected two hits and two RBI for the Aquasox. Center fielder Billy Cooke added two more hits and scored a run in the loss.

With the loss, Everett (17-17) lost a game in the standing to the Spokane Indians, who beat the Vancouver Canadians 5-1 on Thursday. The AquaSox fell to three games back of first place in the Northwest League North Division standings with four games remaining in the first half of the season. The first-half champion receives an automatic bid to the Northwest League playoffs.

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