Everett, Wash. – In the first of two seven-inning contests at Everett Memorial Stadium Friday night, the Everett AquaSox (7-1) beat the Hillsboro Hops (2-6) 3-1 behind a masterful pitching performance by Thyago Vieira and DJ Peterson’s first home run as a Frog. Austin Platt took the loss for Hillsboro, while Steven Ewing picked up his first save for the ‘Sox.
Each team had scoring chances early before the game evolved into a pitcher’s duel between Vieira and Platt, with each pitcher keep opposing hitters off balance until Peterson delivered his first professional home run, a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.
Despite Peterson’s home run, the star of the game for the AquaSox was Vieira (2-0), who threw six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits. At one point, Vieira set down 14 Hops hitters in a row before walking Yogey Perez-Ramos with one out in the seventh. The 6’2” right-hander from Brazil struck out five and walked two.
The ‘Sox had a chance in the fifth when they had runners on second and third with one out. Bryan Brito hit a broken-bat chopper with the infield in, and Hops’ second baseman William Castillo threw home, where Elvin Soto put the tag on Phillips Castillo for the second out of the inning. Michael Faulkner then grounded out to end the Frogs’ scoring threat.
Platt matched Vieira until the sixth, allowing just one hit before Peterson’s home run broke a scoreless tie. Jack Reinheimer reached on Hillsboro third baseman Jordan Parr’s second error of the day to lead off the Everett sixth. Platt then issued a four-pitch walk to Alfredo Morales to bring up Peterson, who crushed the ball to straightaway left, over the protective screen beyond the fence and down Lombard Avenue, and just like that the ‘Sox had a 3-0 lead.
On the night, Platt (0-1) allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits while striking out five and walking three in six innings of work.
Hillsboro finally got to Vieira in the seventh, and got the tying runs on base before Ewing came on to get the save. With one out, Perez-Ramos walked and then scored from first on Zach Esquerra’s double to the wall in left-center to make it 3-1. Vieira recovered to strike out Parr for the second out before walking Soto and leaving to a standing ovation. Ewing came on to get the final out, striking out Wagner Mateo looking to end the game.
The ‘Sox and the Hops wrap up the second game of their doubleheader tonight, with the first pitch at 7:20. The Frogs will continue the series against Hillsboro tomorrow as well, with game-time slated for 4:05. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.