Hops snuff AquaSox rally, win 3-2
The Hillsboro Hops' Nos. 3 and 4 batters combined to smack five doubles, leading the Hops to a 3-2 victory over the Sox at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Glaesmann went 3-for-4 with three doubles, scoring each of Hillsboro's first two runs following his two-baggers. Carrrasco finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, knocking in runs with both his hits. That included the game-winning RBI in the top of the eighth inning when he lined a ball off the left-field wall as the Hops snapped a 2-2 tie, despite having two out and nobody on.
Everett tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners at second and third with one out. However, Hillsboro reliever Cody Geyer, who walked the first two batters of the inning, got out of the jam by inducing two grounders to short, holding on to record the save.
Hillsboro (1-1) received a strong outing from starting pitcher Ryan Doran, who allowed just one run in six innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out six, but ended up with a no-decision. Alex Byo, who allowed the tying run in the seventh in relief of Doran, was credited with the win.
Luis Caballero was the lone batter with more than one hit for Everett (1-1) as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Chris Mariscal scored both of the Sox's runs.
Everett starter Blake Holvach was nearly as effective as Doran. The left-hander went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out five, and like Doran he received no decision. Reliever Ricardo Pereira allowed just an unearned run in his 2 2/3 innings, but was still saddled with the loss.
Toby DeMello had his left hand wrapped up in blue tape Saturday. But apparently he wasn't hit by a pitch.
The Sox catcher was the victim of a contentious no-call in Friday's 4-3 victory over Hillsboro. In the bottom of the seventh inning a pitch from Dustin Loggins came high and tight on DeMello, hitting him on the hand and causing DeMello to wince in pain. However, the home plate umpire called it a foul ball. Both DeMello and Sox manager Dave Valle pleaded with the umpire, who went to converse with his compatriot, but upheld his call. DeMello remained in the game and eventually flew out to center.
“It got the bottom of my hand, and a little bit of the bat, too,” DeMello said. “(The umpire) said it was a foul ball and I tried to show him my hand, but he was like, ‘No, I'm not going to look at it.' But it's part of the game. It's what makes baseball awesome, the human error, and you just have to move on.”
DeMello was hopeful it wouldn't cause him to miss any game time.
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