AquaSox slip by Canadians
Michael Faulkner's RBI single in ninth lifts Everett to a 4-3 victory over Vancouver.
With the Northwest League victory, the Sox (18-7) took two of three games from Vancouver (14-10).
Sox catcher Marcus Littlewood started the ninth-inning rally by drawing a one-out walk from Canadians reliever Ian Kadish (1-1). Janelfry Zorrilla, pinch running for Littlewood, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third Ketel Marte's groundout. That set the stage for Faulkner, who lined a single to left off of Drew Permison to drive in Zorrilla.
Sox pitcher Brandon Plotz walked two in the ninth to give Vancouver hope, but retired the final two hitters for the save.
Grady Wood (1-0) was outstanding in relief for Everett, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three to earn the win.
Vancouver's Derrick Chung drove in two runs and Monroe High graduate Ian Parmley had two hits for the Canadians.
Sox starter Ambioris Hidalgo battled through five innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs, but once again struggled with his control. The right-hander for his third straight start walked four and failed to retire the leadoff batter in each of the first four innings. The Canadians took advantage, as the leadoff hitter came around to score in the second, third and fourth innings. But Hidalgo kept the Sox in the game by retiring all six batters he faced with runners in scoring position.
After Taylor Ard's solo home run off Vancouver starter Kyle Anderson gave the Sox a 1-0 lead in the first, the Canadians tied the score at 1-1 in second when Chung's groundout scored Jordan Leyland.
The Canadians added a run in the next two innings on sacrifice flies by Jason Leblebijian and Chung to take a 3-1 lead.
The Sox cut into the deficit in the fifth off reliever John Lucas. Jean Acevedo led off with a double and scored on Ketel Marte's groundout to make it 3-2.
Everett tied the score in the seventh. With one out, Marte doubled down the left-field line. After Faulkner struck out, Jamodrick McGruder's bunt single advanced Marte to third. On a 3-2 pitch to Chris Taylor, Kadish was called for a balk to force in Marte with the tying run. Vancouver manager Clayton McCullough came out to protest and was later ejected for continuing to argue the call.
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