The Everett AquaSox trounced the Volcanoes 14-8 on Saturday in front of 2,710 at Everett Memorial Stadium. The AquaSox avoided losing the series by winning for the first time in five days and snapping a four-game losing streak. The AquaSox and Volcanoes are once again tied for the best record in the Northwest League at 16-7.
After AquaSox starter Steven Ewing retired the first two batters he faced in the first, he allowed ten straight batters to reach safely, resulting in a 5-0 Volcanoes lead after one and a half innings.
The scoring started for the visitors when Shilo McCall and Gabriel Cornier were both walked by Ewing with the bases loaded. Cristian Otero then hit a two-RBI single to end the scoring in the first.
Brandon Bednar added a run in the second by hitting his first homerun of the year, a solo shot off of Ewing.
After taking a 5-0 lead, the AquaSox scored 13 unanswered runs which started in the second with a D.J. Peterson solo homerun.
The Volcanoes would not score again until the eighth thanks to the solid pitching of reliever Jacob Zokan (1-0) who threw three innings, striking out six and allowing only two hits and no runs.
The scoring would not resume for the AquaSox until the fourth when they slapped six on the scoreboard off of starter Lorenzo Mendoza (2-1) and reliever Arturo Maltos-Garcia. Nine straight Everett batters reached base safely on six hits including a Justin Seager homerun and a Bryan Brito triple.
Mendoza pitched three and one third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking none.
The AquaSox had another big inning in the sixth when they added four runs to their tally by getting four hits in their first five batters. Jack Reinheimer had a two-RBI single followed by an RBI double by Seager. Seager was 2-for-5 on the night with a homerun, a double and two RBI.
In the fourth and sixth combined, the AquaSox scored 10 runs on 11 hits.
The Volcanoes pitching staff allowed season highs in both hits and runs on the game, as the hosting AquaSox posted 14 runs on 17 hits. They also allowed four solo homeruns, coming off the bats of Peterson, Seager, Christian Carmichael and Peterson again in the eighth. Coming into the game, the AquaSox only had eight homeruns on the season.
The Volcanoes and AquaSox will take the field for game four of their five-game series Sunday. Game time is set for 4:05 p.m.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.