This Friday night game was quite popular (Everett Clinic Night - that always brings in a crowd) and we had 3,991 fans in the ballpark.
Everett had lost the previous two games to first place Salem Keizer by just one run each night (and both when our relief pitching lost a lead late in the game - a recurring theme this season). Tonight would be no different.
One item that both Bob and I noted was that the homeplate umpire, Javier Cantu, looks like an umpire. One who would know all of the best pasta joints in all of the towns in the Northwest League. We hope he makes it to the majors.
The game was unusual because we saw a pitcher from AAA Tacoma on a rehab assignment get the start. Chris Jakubauskas has a very nice curveball and seemed to have the Northwest League players totally overmatched. He struck out 7 of the 9 players he faced. One hitter (Flores) got a bloop double down the leftfield line when he stuck his bat out and the ball managed to hit it. The other out was a routine flyball to left field. I'd think more of Jakubauskas except for the fact that he's one of those Independent League finds and is 29 years old. Probably not a hot prospect.
When Jakubauskas left Walter Suriel took over and eventually 11 of the first 13 outs in the game were strikeouts!
Notable items from the game included:
Jharmidy DeJesus walked for the first time this season - 17 games and 50 at bats.
Manelik Pimentel is the only Everett player to ever have 200+ at bats for the team three years in a row. Of course this isn't really a Good Thing(tm).
Switch hitter Anthony Phillips is batting .250 right handed and .160 left handed.
Caleb Curry hit a home run in the 5th inning to break a scoreless tie. It was only his 6th extra base hit in more than 200 at bats. The other 5 had been doubles.
Doug Salinas showed a nice changeup (his fastball was around 87 mph and the change was 75mph).
Third baseman Jose Flores made a very nice diving play to get Fleming Baez (not the fastest runner in the world) at first.
Here is the boxscore: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_08_22_skvasx_eveasx_1&cid=403&t=g_box
Here is the Everett Herald story: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080822/SPORTS/46000409/1006/SPORTS03#AquaSox.lose.4-3