Sams, Sharpley Lead Sox in Rout
EVERETT, Wash. - One day after managing just two hits and being shut out 1-0, the Everett AquaSox (21-16, 48-27) knocked out 12 hits and held the Vancouver Canadians (25-12, 42-33) scoreless through eight innings in a 9-2 victory Saturday night at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Eric Thomas (2-2, 4.22 ERA) earned the win in his first start since Aug. 2, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two. Thomas, who began the season in the starting rotation, is 2-0 in seven starts and 0-2 in seven relief appearances for the Sox this season.
The AquaSox broke out of an 18-inning scoreless slump with a run in the fifth inning thanks to an Anthony Phillips RBI-single. After taking the lead the Sox bats quickly took to life, plating four runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Evan Sharpley hit a towering one-out double that scored two in the sixth, followed by a two-out, two-run homer off the bat of Kalian Sams. The following inning the Sox were right back at it, with run-scoring hits by Kevin Mailloux and Hawkins Gebbers and a RBI-groundout by Sharpley that gave the team a comfortable 9-0 advantage.
Jorden Merry and Eric Valdez each added an inning of scoreless relief for the Sox to send it to the ninth, where the C's broke up the shutout with two runs of Tyler Burgoon but still fell by a 9-2 margin.
Sams went 3-for-3 with two RBI and his fifth home run as a Frog this season, Sharpley went 1-for-3 with three RBI and Mailloux and Steven Baron each contributed two hits in the 12-hit attack. Terry Serrano extended his hitting streak to 13 games and Mailloux pushed his consecutive on-base streak to 24.
Kyle Christensen (0-2, 4.32 ERA) took the loss for the Canadians.
The Frogs finish up the 2010 regular season Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. Right-hander Taylor Lewis (0-1, 22.09 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Sox.
The teams are playing out the final three-game series of the regular season after both clinching a spot in the 2010 NWL playoffs. Vancouver will host game one of the Divisional Round on Monday in a best-of-three series, with Everett hosting games two and three. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Everett Memorial Stadium. The winner advances to the Championship Round against the Eastern Division winner.
The 2010 AquaSox playoffs, presented by Sound Transit, have tickets on sale now. To reserve a spot at the first postseason run since 2002, please call (425) 258-3673, visit our box office at 3802 Broadway or go online at www.aquasox.com/tickets.
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