VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canadians took an early lead and then scored nine runs in the final three innings to run away with an 11-1 victory over the Everett AquaSox at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday. The Canadians pounded out 17 hits and Jeremy Gabryszwski pitched six-shutout innings to earn his second win. Lars Huijer took the loss for Everett.
The Canadians got on the board against Huijer in the third. L.B. Dantzler and Justin Atkinson walked before Michael Reeves lined a single into right field to score Dantzler. Then, with Andy Fermin batting, Huijer threw a wild pitch to bring home Atkinson and give Vancouver a 2-0 lead.
After the Canadians added a run in the sixth when Brendan Kalfus hit a sacrifice fly off Min-Sih Chen to score Ian Parmley, the ‘Sox got their lone run in the seventh. Matt Johnson relieved Gabryszwski and gave up a leadoff single to Justin Seager, who ran his hit streak to four games. Seager advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Austin Wilson hit a bloop double to shallow right.
Vancouver put the game away, however, by score eight times over the next two innings. Nick Valenza replaced Chen with two outs and a man on first in the home half of the seventh and gave up back-to-back singles to Reeves and Fermin to plate Jordan Leyland. After Nico Taylor walked, Parmley lined a two-RBI double to left that scored Reeves and Fermin and put Vancouver ahead 6-1. In the eighth, the Canadians continued to pound Valenza. Dickie Thon scored when Justin Atkinson hit into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Reeves walked and Fermin and Taylor followed with RBI singles before Ricardo Pereira replaced Valenza. Pereira hit Kalfus with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in another run and Dickie Thon notched his second hit of the inning to add the final Vancouver run and make the score 11-1.
The Frogs didn’t have much of a chance against Gabryszwski (2-0). The former second round pick allowed just two hits and walked none in six innings of work. He struck out three. Fermin and Parmley were both 3-5 with two RBIs. Parmley also picked up his ninth stolen base of the season off Chen in the sixth.
Huijer fell to 2-1 as he took his first loss of 2013. The Dutch righty pitched five innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out one. Valenza was tagged for seven runs in just two-thirds of an inning. He surrendered seven hits and walked three. Seager was 1-3 on the night, while Wilson was 2-4 with his first double of the year.
3,335 fans took in Tuesday’s action.
The AquaSox dropped to 15-4, while Vancouver improved 11-8 and cut Everett’s lead in the divison to four games. The AquaSox and Canadians wrap up their series tomorrow, with Tyler Olson (0-0, 2.51) likely to take the mound against Colton Turner (0-2, 3.86). First pitch is at 7:05. Pat Dillon will have the call on 1380 AM KRKO. The ‘Sox return home for a five-game series with Salem-Keizer beginning on the Fourth of July. There will be an Independence Day Celebration, presented by NECA and IBEW Local 191, and postgame fireworks following the game on the 4th. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.