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Frogs Bounce Back for Slim 4-3 Win

August 12, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Everett AquaSox News Release

EVERETT, Wash. -- After the 18-7 rout last night, the second game between the Everett AquaSox (10-6, 26-28) and the Tri-City Dust Devils (11-5, 33-21) looked more like a battle between two division leaders as the Sox edged out a 4-3 victory to even the series and remain in sole possession of first place in the West Division.

Everett catcher Mike Dowd hit a go-ahead leadoff home run to break up a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference in the game. Dowd went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and had seven hits in seven consecutive at-bats in his last two games until he grounded out to end the eighth inning, two at-bats shy of the Northwest League record of consecutive at-bats with a hit.

Sox starter Stephen Landazuri went five innings allowing three runs but reliever Kyle Hunter, making his third appearance since his promotion from Pulaski, came in and pitched four scoreless innings to hold the one run lead while striking out seven. Hunter has not allowed a single earned run in his first eight innings for the Frogs.

After last night's 25 combined runs, scoring was much harder to come by as the two teams combined to go 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position, and the Sox only got two total runs out of two separate bases loaded no outs situations.

The win keeps the AquaSox in first place in the division as Eugene dominated Boise 17-6. Everett will try to keep the momentum going as they send out left-hander Jordan Shipers (1-4, 4.43 ERA) against Dust Devils right-hander Ben Alsup (2-1, 2.10 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.

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