AquaSox go down hard in Star Wars weekend; Swept by Spokane Indians

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The frogs rolled into Everett with revenge on their minds as they took on Spokane in a home and home series. They went into Spokane with a 5-game winning streak, but Spokane put a quick stop to that winning 2 out of 3 games.

Friday night was game one as AquaSox ace Andres Torres was on the mound. The Frogs felt comfortable as they opened their 3-game home series with Spokane because they knew they had a chance. Little did they know that Torres wouldn’t have his best stuff and their bats would fall into a deep coma. Spokane scored runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings while the Frogs managed to score 0 runs on 2 hits, leaving the final score 5-0. Left fielder Eugene Helder extended his hitting streak to 10 games as the Frogs looked like a completely different team from 4 days earlier.

Saturday night was more of a slug-fest as starter Jose Santiago took the mound looking to end the Frog’s 3-game losing streak. The teams exchanged scoreless innings as they went in to the 2nd inning. Santiago retired the side as the Frogs came to bat in the bottom of the inning. The Frogs plated two runs on a 2-run single for Joe Venturino. In the third, Spokane woke up and scored 3 runs as starting pitcher Jose Santiago couldn’t find the strike zone. The Frogs tied it in the third on an RBI single from Eugene Helder who extended his hitting streak to 11 games. In the fourth, Spokane continued their attack with 2 more runs which ended up getting our starting pitcher being pulled after the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Frogs had their turn as they put 3 more runs on the scoreboard to take a 6-5 lead. The highlight of the inning was a 2-run triple by CF Ronald Rosario.

Moving into fifth inning pitcher Adonis De La Cruz took the mound but he didn’t help the cause as he gave up two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Spokane took a 9-6 lead, and the game seemed to get out of hand as the Frogs played sloppy in the field. The Frogs cut the deficit to one run in the bottom of the sixth as they scored two more runs, highlighted by Johnny “Awesome” Adams’ RBI single. Home town hero Ted Hammond took over in the 8th inning and pitched the final two innings. Unfortunately, he couldn’t put a stop to Spokane’s offense as they continued to score more runs as they piled on hit after hit. The Frogs bats fell asleep again as Spokane went on to win 12-8. Joe Venturino had the games only highlights as he had 3 hits and reached base 4 times in a losing cause.

Game 3 was on Sunday afternoon; the sun was out and there was a good vibe in the air as a huge crowd turned out to see an almost amazing game. Starting pitcher for the Frogs was Oliver Jaskie as he went three solid innings striking out 5 and walking one while giving up 0 runs on 0 hits. He was pulled after 3 innings due to being on a pitch count limit. The Frogs scored one run in the 2nd and one run in the 3rd, the highlight being a solo home run by 1b Onil Pena. Otherwise, the Spokane pitching contained the Frogs bats in check. MIT Graduate and pitcher David Hesslink took over in the 4th inning and pitched the next 2 innings giving up one measly home-run to Spokane’s star catcher Matt Whatley. The Frogs bats fell silent again as they failed to produce any more runs over the next few innings. In the bottom of the seventh, CF Ronald Rosario lead off the inning with a solo home-run as the frogs took a 3-1 lead. That rally ended quickly though, as Spokane struck out the next 3 hitters. In the 8th, pitcher Matt Clancy had an easy out at first base that he threw down the RF line, which led to that runner eventually scoring to cut the lead to 3-2 as the Frogs went scoreless again.

The 9th inning turned into a nightmare for the AquaSox. Spokane got 2 base-runners on and one out as they knocked Matt Clancy from the game. Pitcher Michael Rivera came into the game and right then the game turned. The umpires called a balk nearly 30 seconds after it happened as manager Jose Moreno got tossed from the game when he questioned the reason behind the delayed call. The Frogs intentionally walked the next batter to get the bases loaded. The next batter flew out and the runners held. With two outs, star CF Miguel Aparicio belted a grand slam to take the lead 6-3 as the momentum clearly changed after that questionable call. In the bottom of the 9th, the Frogs put together 2 runs but star catcher David Banuelos flew out to end the game 6-5 Spokane as the Frogs fell to 2-4. David Banuelos had 3 hits and Eugene Helder extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

The AquaSox go into the All-Star break with 3 days off. They are sending pitcher Andres Torres, 2B Joseph Rios and C David Banuelos to the game on Tuesday August 1st. We wish them all the best as they represent our Frogs. The game will be on Comcast channel 617 if you wish to cheer them on. The Frogs go on the road for 5 games before returning home on Tuesday August 8th. These young men have talent to go all the way if manager Jose Moreno can get them to refocus. Come out and see some amazing baseball in August.

Go Frogs!!

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