AquaSox Win Game One 9-5 in Extras
VANCOUVER, British Columbia. - The Everett AquaSox (1-0) scored four runs in the top of the tenth inning, after failing to hold a two-run ninth inning lead, to defeat the Vancouver Canadians (0-1) by a final of 9-5 in Game 1 of the Northwest League Western Division Playoffs Monday afternoon at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
The Sox take game one of the three-game Divisional Series and will make their first playoff appearance at Everett Memorial Stadium since 2002 when they host Game Two Tuesday night at 7:05. If necessary the Frogs will host the deciding Game Three Wednesday night at 7:05.
Eric Valdez (1-0, 9.00 ERA) earned the win for the Sox, even after giving up the game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Valdez bounced back to set the Canadians down in order in the 10th to secure the win.
Daniel Tenholder (0-1, 10.80 ERA) suffered the loss for Vancouver.
The AquaSox struck first in the third inning thanks to back-to-back two-out doubles by Kevin Mailloux and Kevin Rivers, giving starter Edlando Seco an early 2-0 lead.
Robbie Anston added to the lead in the fourth with the first of his two doubles, knocking in Anthony Phillips from first with two outs to put the Sox up 3-0.
The three-run lead quickly vanished in the bottom of the fifth, however, as the Canadians scored three runs on two walks by Seco, a wild pitch and a two-run, two-out RBI-triple by Doug Landaeta that brought in Austin Hudson from the Sox bullpen. Seco finished with 4.2 innings pitched, four hits, three runs and seven walks while striking out one.
Hudson was perfect through his 3.1 innings of work, striking out one and forcing seven groundball-outs to carry the Sox into the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead. Everett had retaken the lead in the sixth inning when Evan Sharpley scored on a wild pitch and Anston plated Steven Baron with a one-out double to right.
Valdez relieved Hudson to begin the ninth and was one out away from an AquaSox win when Ryan Pineda hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot, to right that tied the game at 5-5 and sent it into extra innings.
Patience proved key in the top of the tenth inning as the Sox drew three walks to load the bases with one away, then scored the eventual game-winning run on a walk to Terry Serrano. Following a pitching change, Mailloux reached on a fielding error that led to a Sox run, Rivers delivered a sacrifice fly to left and Hawkins Gebbers knocked in the ninth run on a single to right.
Anston went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Gebbers recorded three hits and a RBI and Rivers had two RBI to lead the Frogs 11-hit attack.
The AquaSox can advance to the NWL Championship Series with a win tomorrow night in Game Two. Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (8-3, 2.59 ERA) is set to take on righty Nathan Long (8-2, 3.10 ERA) in a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Everett Memorial Stadium.
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