A Monday night game against Vancouver on a warm clear night made for a perfect evening of baseball - even better when the Aquasox came out on the good side of a 6-4 decision.
Nolan Gallagher pitched for the Aquasox and threw 77 pitches (the Everett pitchers are on a 75 pitch limit) through 5 2/3 innings. He has a very nice overhand curveball that he can throw for strikes. He struck out 4 and walked 2 and left with the score tied 1-1.
Pedro Figueroa pitched for Vancouver and showed a good fastball in the low 90s (best I saw was 94). He looked good and struck out 5 while walking just 1 in 5 1/3 innings (he left with the bases loaded and the Aquasox scored 34 runs after his departure).
Notes on the scoresheet related to this game included:
Jeremy Barfield, the Vancouver right fielder, is the son of Jesse Barfield (and brother of Josh Barfield).
Wellington Dotel doesn't wear batting gloves.
There was some good and bad fielding by both teams (not unexpected at this level)...
The good includes Anthony Phillips, the Aquasox shortstop, who has a nifty glove and seems to enjoy backhanding the ball. He's a very smooth fielder. Francisco Tirado, the Vancouver third baseman made a very nice play on a bunt by Tyson Gillies to get him at first. Gillies is very fast and it was a very nice bunt - but Tirado was up to the task.
The bad includes Tyson Gillies overthrowing the cut-off man (not an unusual occurance for Tyson) on a play at third base. He has an excellent arm and likes to show it off. Vancouver first baseman Dusty Napoleon made three errors in the second inning - one on a ground ball, another on a ground ball by the next hitter and then the third when he retrieved that ball and threw wildly past the pitcher covering first base. A pretty bad inning for him... Jeremy Barfield threw to second base instead of to the cut-off man that would have had a play at the plate. And to add a base running blunder, it appears that Manilek Pimentel lost track of the 2-2 count and thought it was 3-2 with 2 outs - he took off leisurely for second and was an easy out to end the fourth inning.
The Everett Herald article: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080804/SPORTS/839978733/1006/SPORTS03#AquaSox.beat.Canadians..6-4
The Box Score: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_08_04_vanasx_eveasx_1&cid=403&t=g_box