SPOKANE — The marauding Everett AquaSox offense was at it again — for a time — on Tuesday night, staking the pitching staff to a big early lead before having to escape with a 10-9 win over the Spokane Indians in front of 4,341 at Avista Stadium.
The Sox scored 10 runs in the first four innings against Spokane, taking advantage of a woeful start by the Indians’ Alex Speas, who fell to 0-6 on the season after allowing seven runs (five earned) in 21⁄3 innings.
He also walked three, balked twice and hurled two wild pitches.
Argenis Rodriguez wasn’t much better in relief, as the Sox (19-21), touched him for three runs in his 22⁄3 innings of work.
But that was all the offense Everett could muster, as Parker Sanburn and Josh Advocate held the Sox offense to just two hits over the final four innings.
Everett led 10-2 after 51⁄2 innings, but the Indians (17-23), made it a ballgame thanks to Oliver Jaskie’s disastrous outing in relief of starter Lane Ratliff (1-0).
The sixth-round pick out of Michigan got two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, but they were his only two outs.
He allowed a triple to Kobie Taylor followed by an RBI single by Yonny Hernandez.
Miguel Aparicio singled to put runners on first and second, and Matt Whatley followed with a three-run home run to make it 10-6. Spokane went back-to-back with Clayton Middleton’s solo shot, and a single by Austin O’Banion ended Jaskie’s day.
Adonis De la Cruz steadied things for the Sox in the seventh, but Spokane tacked on two more in the eighth on an outfield error and a wild pitch to make it a one-run game.
Spokane put the tying run on second base with one out in the ninth against David Gerber, but he struck out Taylor and Hernandez in succession to end it.
Eugene Helder went 3-for-5 for the Sox, Johnny Adams reached base four times and Ronald Rosario homered.