The Everett AquaSox (13-2) won their sixth consecutive game Friday night over the Spokane Indians by a score of 5-3 in front of 2,094 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Frogs did all of their damage in the seventh inning, as an RBI single by Jack Reinheimer put them ahead and a grand slam by DJ Peterson put the game out of reach.
Thyago Vieira started for Everett and took a no decision in 5.2 innings of work. He once again did not allow a run, improving his ERA to 0.52 in 2013. Reggie Lawson led Everett with three hits on the night.
Vieira was lucky to escape the first inning unscathed. He struck out leadoff hitter Chris Garia, but back-to-back walks followed by a single loaded the bases with one out. Barret Serrato's fly ball to right appeared to do its job, as Gabe Roa beat the throw to the plate easily. But the AquaSox immediately appealed to third base, and the home plate umpire ruled Roa out for leaving too early.
The AquaSox picked up a pair of hits in the first inning, as Jack Reinheimer and Austin Wilson singled to right field. However, Spokane starter David Ledbetter fanned Justin Seager to retire the side.
Vieira and Ledbetter settled into a grove in the next two frames, as neither team recorded a hit. Only birthday boy Michael Faulkner reached base, walking and stealing second in the third inning.
In the fourth, Vieira walked and hit the first two batters to kickstart Spokane, but a double play helped the Brazilian get the first two outs. He walked the next hitter he faced, but induced an inning-ending ground out to get out of the jam.
Everett mounted a solid threat in the fifth against Ledbetter. Back to back singles from Reggie Lawson and Faulkner followed by a walk to Jamodrick McGruder loaded the bases with just one out. The chance died when Reinheimer grounded into a force out at the plate and Peterson bounced out softly to second.
After a two-out walk in the sixth, Everett manager Rob Mummau came and got Vieira. Vieira allowed just one hit in his scoreless effort, but he walked five and hit two batters while striking out just one. Richard White replaced him to retired the final batter of the inning.
White lost control a bit in the seventh, as he walked the leadoff man Kevin Torres and then plunked the next batter Marcus Greene. Nick Valenza came in and immediately received help from his defense on a double play turned by Reinheimer. Valenza then rolled Garia over to finish off the Indians in the seventh.
The AquaSox finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, and they did so in a big way. A Lawson single and Faulkner walk led to a bunting situation for McGruder. The Texas Tech product laid down a perfect bunt and used his speed to beat the throw and load the bases. Reinheimer then poked one up the middle and Lawson scored for the first run of the ball game.
But the Frogs weren't done. After the next batter Peterson fell behind in the count, Spokane reliever Abel de los Santos hung a curveball and Peterson made sure he paid for it. The Mariners' first round pick clobbered the 0-2 pitch way out to left center for his second grand slam of the season, extending the Everett lead to 5-0.
The Indians didn't go down without a fight in the ninth. Valenza, who cruised through the eighth, walked Torres with one out. Greene followed with an RBI double, and three batters later, Roa ripped a two-run double into the left field corner to cut the Frogs' lead to two. Valenza then retired the tying run Cam Schiller to seal his third win of 2013.
The AquaSox and Indians are at it again Saturday night at 7:05 at Everett Memorial Stadium. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.