AquaSox clip TJs in 10 innings
The comeback kids of the Southern Oregon Timberjacks have played someof their best baseball in the catch-up mode this season.
With a chance to treat the home fans to a more conventional win by holdingonto a lead with solid pitching and good defense, the Timberjacks foundthey were out of practice Thursday night.
The Everett AquaSox pushed over a tying run in the ninth inning againstSouthern Oregon pitcher Jason Faust and they parlayed a wild pitch fromcloser Jared Jensen to score an unearned run in the 10th to steal a 7-6win before a crowd of 2,490 at Miles Field.
The loss snapped a three-game Southern Oregon winning streak and sentthe Timberjacks (27-22) reeling into second place, one game behind the front-runningPortland Rockies (28-21) in the South Division of the Northwest League.
Greg Conners opened the 10th inning with a single for the AquaSox. Hemoved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Fernando Espino. He then movedto third on a wild pitch by Jensen and scored the winning run on anotherwild pitch two pitches later.
Faust, who has been converted from a reliever to a starting pitcher,was forced back to the bullpen to help out Thursday. He pitched — 2/3 innings,allowing three hits and one run.
I'm sure he was kind of tired at the end of nearly four inningsof pitching, said Southern Oregon reliever Randy Glaze, who workedthree scoreless innings in relief of starter Brad Blumenstock. Hepitched really well, and it's just too bad how it ended.
It (losing) can be frustrating, but it's part of baseball,said Glaze.
Southern Oregon appeared to take control with its first lead of the gameat 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a three-run double into theright-field corner by Ed Farris.
But prosperity playing with a lead didn't feel right forthe Timberjacks, who had rallied from behind to win in the opening two gamesof the series against the AquaSox.
Farris' bases-loaded double had put Southern Oregon in position to winits 12th game of the season by rallying from behind. But instead, Faust who was one strike away from nailing down a victory against two hittersin the ninth got a blown save and Jensen picked up the loss.
It's tough to come back and win every night, said Glaze.Mainly, we had a string of bad luck tonight. We had a lot of chancesto score and didn't take advantage of enough of them.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Timberjacks scored twiceon a sacrifice fly by Farris and a run-scoring single by Javier Flores.
The AquaSox scored four runs in the first inning. The rally was highlightedby a three-run home run by Espino. Harvey Hargrove tripled and scored ona groundout by Mike Marciano.
In the ninth, Jermaine Clark singled and scored on Hargrove's secondtriple of the night to tie the game at 6-6.