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Sox Stall After Early Scores for 2nd Straight Game

August 25, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Everett AquaSox News Release

EVERETT, Wash. -- The Everett AquaSox (18-11, 34-33) saw another early lead slip away as the Yakima Bears (14-15, 27-40) battled back with eight unanswered runs to take the series opener of the five-game set 10-6, the Sox fourth loss in six matchups with the Bears this season.

Yakima got on the board early with a run in the first, but the Frogs offense responded with the first five Everett batters in the game reaching base, including a base loaded double by left-fielder Jabari Blash that plated three runs to put the Sox ahead 3-1, upping his team-leading RBI total to 39.

The AquaSox led 4-2 after three innings, but in the top of the fourth the Bears scored two runs to tie the game then took the lead on a two-out bases loaded single by first baseman Jimmy Comerota that rolled under the glove of right-fielder Mario Yepez, clearing the bases and giving Yakima a 7-4 lead.

The Frogs offense could not respond to the five-run fourth inning, and did not record a base hit after the third inning until the bottom of the ninth. Everett's 2-5 hitters went a combined 8-for-20, but the rest of the AquaSox lineup only managed one hit for the game.

The loss shrinks the Sox lead in the West Division to two games over Eugene and also puts the Frogs one game behind Vancouver for the second best overall record in the West, which would come in to play if the Emeralds won the second half crown. Everett will look to get back on track as they send out Jose Campos (5-3, 2.37 ERA) against Yakima right-hander Yiomar Camacho (1-1, 3.97 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.

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