Everett, WA -- On a night when the MLB Home Run Derby was the talk of the baseball world, the AquaSox had a home run derby of their own by mashing three long balls in the bandbox that is Everett Memorial Stadium en route to a 9 to 2 victory. The Volcanoes were unable to complete the sweep on Monday night as three errors cost them in this one.
After the Volcanoes put up twelve runs in the first inning over the last two games, it was the AquaSox who pounced first tonight. The first five AquaSox batters reached base tonight, including back-to-back bombs by second baseman Joseph Rosa and first baseman Evan White. All told, the AquaSox scored four times off Volcanoes right-hander Alejandro De La Rosa in the frame.
Everett added another run in the second on some erratic play by the Volcanoes. Right fielder Austin Grebeck drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and advanced to third when De La Rosa airmailed the first baseman on a bunt attempt. Grebeck would score on a deep sacrifice fly by White for the first run in the inning. Up next was designated hitter Onil Pena, who crushed a De La Rosa offering, depositing it into the grass beyond the right field fence.
Logan Baldwin put the Volcanoes on the board in the fourth with a long solo homer, the first of the young outfielder's career, making the score 6 to 1.
Orlando Garcia hit his third home run in his last six games in the sixth with a solo shot of his own, inching the Volcanoes closer at 6 to 2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Volcanoes right-hander walked Alvaro Diaz walked the first four batters of the inning to walk in a run. After retiring the next two hitters on infield pop-ups, third baseman Michael Sexton made a throwing error allowing two more runners to come home, putting the score at 9 to 2.
First baseman Ryan Kirby drove in two on a single in the ninth for his 11th and 12th RBIs of the series, to make the score 9 to 4. The Volcanoes would score one more run on a balk to make the score 9 to 5, which would end up being the final.
The Volcanoes will have Tuesday off ahead of their three-game series against the Boise Hawks bin Salem-Keizer.
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