EVERETT — The Everett AquaSox dropped their first game of the Northwest League’s second half 4-3 Tuesday before 2,752 fans and a reported 219 dogs on “Bark in the Park Night” at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The AquaSox (0-1 second half, 20-19 overall) clinched a playoff spot Sunday in Boise when they claimed the first-half title. Wednesday’s loss spoiled a strong effort by starter Orlando Razo, who pitched six strong innings for Everett. He fanned six and didn’t walk a batter as he scattered five hits and allowed two earned runs.
Razo exited with a 3-2 lead, but the Canadians immediately came back to take a 4-3 lead against reliever Cody Mobley in the top of the seventh.
Jesus Severino greeted Mobley with a single, and McGregory Contreras followed with a double off the left-center field fence. Severino scored on an RBI groundout from Tanner Kirwer, and Contreras scored on a sacrifice fly by Vinny Capra.
Mobley (2-1) ended the game by retiring the final nine Canadians in a row, but Everett was unable to get back in the game.
The Frogs had previously erased a 2-1 deficit with a two-run bottom of the fourth. Connor Hoover singled with one out, and reached third when Charlie McConnell doubled. Hoover scored on an RBI groundout by Ryan Ramiz, and McConnell gave Everett the 3-2 lead when he scored on a two-out RBI infield single by Ryne Ogren.
Ogren had two hits and drove in a run for Everett, while Bobby Honeyman had two hits including his first professional home run. The AquaSox stranded eight for the game, including five through the first two innings.
The Frogs took the lead in the bottom of the second when Honeyman’s line drive cleared the right-field fence.
Vancouver tied the game in the top of the third when Jesus Severino and McGregory Contreras opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. Razo stranded the go-ahead run at third and the game remained 1-1.
Griffin Conine gave the Canadians a 2-1 lead with a long home run to right-center leading off the top of the fourth.
The teams resume their three-game series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.