Frogs Jump Hops 8-3 In Series Opener (Latest News)

Tuesday at Everett Memorial Stadium, the Everett Aquasox defeated the Hillsboro Hops 8-3, breaking open a close game with a four-run eighth inning. This was the Frogs’ 12th straight series victory against the Hops since May 18th.

Bryan Woo, a Sox starter who recently moved up from Modesto in the Cal League and was making his High-A debut, threw five good innings, giving up four hits, one run, no walks, and five strikeouts while striking out five.

With three runs off Hops starter Luke Albright in the first, two in the second (on a two-run home run by Justin Lavey), and another run in the third, Everett offered him early, reliable support.

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Hillsboro scored in the top of the fourth inning, down 4-0, on a single by Deyvison De Los Santos with one out, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Caleb Roberts.

Leading off the top of the seventh inning in his subsequent at-bat, Roberts hit a single home run to reduce the score to 4-2. Lyle Lin’s RBI groundout made it a one-run game after Wilder Patino and Cam Coursey had back-to-back singles with one remaining. Jordan Lawler’s line to center to finish the inning gave Hillsboro runners at first and second.

In the ninth, another chance for the Hops was lost. Kyle Hill, an Everett relief pitcher, hit A.J. Vukovich with a breaking ball with one out, and Roberts took a walk. With one out, a double steal put the possible winning run at second and the tying run at third, but Hill retired Patino on a close play at first after striking out Neyfy Castillo.

In the first seven innings, Everett had multiple chances to start the game but was unable to. With Castillo throwing Alberto Rodriguez out at the bat to finish the sixth inning, the Hops’ strong defense ended a potential rally.

Additionally, in the seventh inning, Hops relief pitcher Justin Martinez pitched around his erroneous throw on a potential double-play ball to strike out two batters and cause a fly out to the left, leaving the bases open.

As the bottom of the eighth inning approached, Everett had a 4-3 lead. Jose Alcantara gave Rodriguez a walk. With one out, Robert Perez Jr., taking the field for the first time at the High-A level, launched a home drive to center field that most likely wouldn’t have left any other yard in major league baseball.

But in Everett, it’s only 357 feet to center field in a straight line, and his fly ball traveled about 375 feet. That brought the score to 6-3, and the Sox later in the inning scored two more runs on RBI doubles from David Sheaffer and Trent Tinglestad.

In his lone inning (the sixth), right-hander Ken Giles retired the side in order while striking out two. Everett was on a significant league injury rehab assignment from the Seattle Mariners.

Frogs Jump Hops 8-3 In Series Opener
Frogs Jump Hops 8-3 In Series Opener

Giles is progressing in his recovery from a shoulder ailment after missing the full 2021 season due to Tommy John’s operation. In his major league career, Giles has recorded 115 saves for the Phillies, Astros, and Blue Jays.

Hillsboro lost 40-55 overall and 11-20 in the second half. Everett is 48-48 overall and 17-14 this season. At 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, the series resumes.

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