Cole Carrigg falls double shy of the cycle, Spokane Indians beat Everett 5-3

Apr. 20—Lefty Sean Sullivan may not be as touted as his rotation buddy Chase Dollander, but the Colorado Rockies’ second-round pick in the 2023 draft (46th overall) has been just as effective to start the season.

Sullivan, a 21-year-old from Wake Forest, entered Saturday’s game with a 1.64 ERA (two earned runs over 11 innings) and 0.91 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in two starts.

Saturday’s performance was just as impressive — at least until he took a hard liner off his glove in the fifth inning.

Cole Carrigg went 4 for 4 with a triple, homer and three RBIs and the Spokane Indians defeated the Everett AquaSox 6–3 in a Northwest League game at Avista Stadium.

Carrigg’s home run, a solo shot, came in the seventh and gave the Indians a two-run lead.

“I was just trying to hit the ball somewhere hard. I never really try to hit home runs like that,” Carrigg said. “He left a change and the bat did the rest of the work.”

Sullivan was grateful his teammates saved him after the rough way his day ended.

“You work so hard and you feel like other games that could be a loss,” he said. “But you know, it’s great to have a great offense and defense behind you.”

Spokane (11-3) built a 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run innings. In the third, Braiden Ward reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Carrigg’s double. Carrigg later scored on Dyan Jorge’s RBI single.

The Indians doubled the lead in the fourth. Juan Guerrero doubled, Ward tripled and then scored on Carrigg’s single.

Sullivan went four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk and striking out four, but ran into trouble in the fifth inning against Everett (3-11).

Sullivan tried to stab Andrew Miller’s hardliner, but the ball flew out and landed behind the mound for a single.

Sullivan retired the next two batters, but Bill Knight singled and Ben Williamson hit one into the leftfield corner for a two-run double. RJ Schreck singled to score the third run of the inning and knock Sullivan out of the game.

Sullivan allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. He threw 90 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Spokane added a run in the second half when Kyle Karros singled, stole third base and scored on a wild pitch.

Carrigg added some assurance in the seventh with his second home run of the season, a shot over the high wall in left center.

Sullivan had his right hand wrapped after the match, but said, “It’s fine. I put some ice on it. I’m not worried about it.’

However, he said it affected him a little in the fifth.

“I had some tough innings earlier in the game, but got out of trouble,” Sullivan said.

“I think I got a little tired last inning, and when you get hit on the thumb, it throws you off a little bit. You try not to let it affect you.”

Sullivan is encouraged by his great start to the season.

“I think my off-speed tonight was probably the best it’s looked so far,” he said. “I’m just happy with that. I think I can get that out of this match.”

Everett fell to 3-11. The series ends Sunday at 1:05 PM

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