EVERETT, Wash – The Vancouver Canadians rolled to an 13-1 victory over the Everett AquaSox Monday in the first game of a key series between the division rivals. Playing before 2,420 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium, Vancouver thoroughly dominated all facets of the game. The Canadians pounded out 12 hits and Vancouver starter Eric Brown, working with a big cushion, tossed seven shutout innings. The loss cut the AquaSox’ lead over Vancouver in the Northwest League’s North Division to just one game with a week to play in the first half.
With Everett and Vancouver having combined to win the last three Northwest League Championships and battling again for a playoff spot in 2013, the Canadians came out firing Monday and never looked back. Vancouver capitalized on a pair of defensive lapses by the AquaSox to score five unearned runs and take a commanding lead in the second inning against Everett starter Tyler Olson. Jordan Leyland drew a leadoff walk from Olson before second baseman Bryan Brito had the key miscue of the inning when he let Michael Reeves’ soft liner go between his legs for an error that scored Leyland with the first run of the game. A double by David Harris and a walk to Ian Parmley loaded the bases with two outs for Chaz Frank, who ripped a single up the middle to score Reeves and Harris. An infield single by Dickie Thon and another error by Brito on a ground ball by L.B. Dantzler added two more runs to make the Vancouver lead 5-0.
Things only got worse for Everett as Vancouver added a run in the third when Parmley doubled to the wall in right center to bring home Brenden Kalfus. Olson’s night ended after just 2.2 innings when manager Rob Mummau brought in Ricardo Pereira. Coming off a one-hit shutout in his previous outing, Olson (1-2) didn’t have his good stuff and was victimized by two AquaSox errors in the loss. He gave up six runs, only one of them earned, on seven hits and struck out five.
The Canadians continued their offensive outburst against Pereira. In the fourth, walks issued to Dantzler and Reeves, and a single by Leyland loaded the bases with one out. Another walk, the third of the inning, to Kalfus plated Dantzler to make it 7-0 before Harris laced a single to left and Parmley hit a sacrifice fly to push the lead to nine. A two-run home run over the manual scoreboard in right field by Dantzler in the fifth, his second of 2013, made it 11-0.
Vancouver added two runs for good measure in the eighth. With the bases loaded and two out, Richard White hit Melvin Garcia with a pitch to force in a run and then threw a wild pitch to bring home Matt Hitt and make it 13-0. The Canadians finished with 12 hits and also drew eight walks. Harris was 4-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Lost in the rout was the dominant performance by Brown, who moved to 5-0. On a night when the Canadians scored 13 runs, a couple would have been enough as Brown shut down the AquaSox bats. Entering the night ranked in the top five in the league in wins, ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP, Brown turned in another excellent outing as he threw seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and striking out nine while walking none. The University of British Columbia product has yet to allow more than two runs in a game this season as he lowered his ERA to a league leading 1.33.
DJ Peterson, returning from an extended absence to deal with a family matter, was 0-3 Monday for the AquaSox. Michael Faulkner supplied most of the Frogs’ offense, as he went 2-3. The ‘Sox got their lone run in the ninth when Justin Seager hit a sac fly to the wall in center field off Tim Brechbuehler to score Brito.
The Frogs have lost four of five to set up a frantic last week of the first half, beginning Tuesday when the AquaSox and Canadians play the second game of their three-game series Tuesday with the first pitch slated for 7:05 PM. The Seattle Mariners’ Stephen Pryor will be making a rehab start for the AquaSox as he attempts to work his way back from a lat injury. Scott Silverstein (0-0, 3.27) will get the start for Vancouver as the Canadians attempt to tie the AquaSox atop the division. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.