A strange inside-the-park home run by Everett shortstop Jack Reinheimer highlighted a 6-0 win for the Everett Aquasox in front of 4,004 fans at Hillsboro Ballpark on Sunday evening. Hillsboro's three-game winning streak came to an end.
Reinheimer lifted a fly ball to left field off Braden Shipley in the top of the third inning. Hops left fielder Yogey Perez-Ramos appeared to be tracking the ball toward the foul line, waiting for it to come down... when it landed 50 feet behind him. Perez-Ramos never saw the ball, even after it bounced, and by the time center fielder Brian Billigen had tracked it down at the fence in straightaway left, Reinheimer had circled the bases for a two-out, two-run inside-the-park homer. It was the first home run of Reinheimer's professional career, and it put Everett up 3-0.
That would be plenty for soft-tossing Everett starter Steven Ewing, who baffled Hops hitters with change-ups and curveballs. Ewing went 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out five. Aaron Brooks (1.1 innings) and Jose Valdivia (1 inning) retired all seven hitters to face them.
Everett (3-3 in the second half, 26-18 overall) scored three more runs in the eighth --- two earned --- off reliever Austin Platt.
Shipley, the Diamondbacks' top draft pick this year, was making his sixth professional start as the organization continues to build up his arm. He went a season-high three innings, allowing three hits, no walks and four strikeouts.
For the Hops (4-2, 15-29), catcher Yosbel Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to nine games, the team's longest streak of the season.
Hillsboro is tied for first with Eugene in the South Division's second half.
The Hops have two more games at home against Everett, at 7:05 Monday and 7:05 Tuesday (all times Pacific). The pregame show begins 30 minutes prior to the first pitch on Fox Sports Radio 620 and online at www.foxsportsradio620.com. Rich Burk and Matt Richert will call the action.