I have photos, I have Tales of Fun, but I do not yet have my laptop back, so instead, I present the game summary from last night:
EVERETT, Wash. – On what turned out to be a beautiful Opening Night at Everett Memorial Stadium, the Everett AquaSox (4-0) continued their hot start, defeating the Yakima Bears (1-3) 6-5 on a walk-off single by Terry Serrano in front of a crowd of 3,933.
Yakima got off to a fast start, jumping on the board with two runs in the first inning. Yakima first baseman Yazy Arbelo hit a two-out, two-run home run to right to put the Bears up 2-0.
The AquaSox didn’t wait long to strike back, however, adding a two-out run of their own in the bottom of the first. Kevin Mailloux hit a sharp single to center and was brought home by a towering double off the right field-scoreboard by Kevin Rivers to make the score 2-1 going into the second inning.
Yakima shortstop Zachary Walters hit his first home run of the season in the top of the third inning to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.
Right fielder Jose Rivero started a three-run AquaSox rally with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. Evan Sharpley followed Rivero with a sharp single up the middle to put a runner on first with nobody out and one run home. That’s when catcher Steven Baron, a Seattle Mariners 2009 first-round selection, hit a two-run homer to left to bring the score to 4-3.
Dwight Britton added his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh inning.
The AquaSox looked good heading into the ninth up 5-3, but the Bears weren’t going to go quietly. Newly-acquired righty Jorden Merry walked two batters to lead off the inning before being replaced by Austin Hudson. Hudson struck out the first batter he faced, but then a wild throw by Baron on an infield single allowed two Bears runners to score and tie the game at 5-5.
Anthony Phillips led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double into the left field corner. After a Britton strikeout, a wild pitch sent Phillips to third – and the AquaSox 90 feet away from victory. That’s when Serrano would prove to be the hero, hitting a sharp single up the middle and sending the AquaSox into a jubilant celebration on the field.
Everett starter Chris Sorce had a solid outing, going six innings and allowing three runs off four hits while striking out five. Hudson (1-0, 4.50 ERA) ended up with the win for the AquaSox, while Gregory Robinson (0-1, 6.75 ERA) suffered the loss for the Bears.
I was on Twitter for most of the game last night, and wished for and received the walk-off single. I’m actually a little glad it happened. I figured when the Bears tied the game that we’d get some extra innings/free baseball – but the bleachers we were sitting on weren’t terribly comfortable, and I was ready to not be sitting on them anymore. I did manage to get some great photos of the team warming up and hitting/pitching etc., but those may have to wait until an off-day post or something. Oh, and there were fireworks, which were set off in center field, and were actually fairly impressive, for a single-A fireworks display. I didn’t envy the two guys dressed like Mexican wrestlers/convicts who were setting them off, but it was pretty to watch.
In good Mariners news, Erik Bedard and Adam Moore are starting rehab games recently, with Bedard expected to return sometime in July. I’m not holding my breath here, but if he can give us a few good games, I’ll be happy. Also, I really miss Josh Bard. Michael Pineda is starting for the Tacoma Rainiers either tonight in the double header they’re playing at Cheney Stadium, or sometime during this next busy series with the Salt Lake Bees. Oh, and I guess Ian Snell cleared waivers, which is not much of a shock. Maybe he’ll have some luck in the minors, which is where he claimed to be having the most fun before we tried to turn him into a major league pitcher.
Meanwhile, the Mariners start their game against the Chicago Cubs tonight, Jason Vargas against Ryan Dempster. I kind of wish I had tickets to at least one of these games so that I could see if Cubs fans are really as bad as everyone seems to think they are, but I’ll survive watching it from home.