Courtesy: Emeralds Media Relations
EUGENE, OR – The starters for each team delivered fine performances, each pick up a no decision after allowing just one run. For Eugene Justin Hancock went five innings giving up four hits while racking up five strike outs. Everett’s Dylan Unsworth was efficient and made it through seven innings giving up just the one run. He was able to pitch out of a bases loaded one-out jam in his final inning to keep the score 1-1.
Everett scored first in the top of the 4th when their shortstop Kettle Marte reached on an infield single and advanced to 2nd on an overthrow by Eugene’s shortstop Felipe Blanco. The next hitter, the 3rd overall selection from this year’s draft, Mike Zunino picked up his 14th RBI of the season with a single to left. Everett entered the game 32-12 overall and they are 20-4 when they score first so the Ems had their work cut out.
Jeremy Baltz wouldn’t wait around to get the comeback started. He ledoff the bottom of the 4th with a blast into the bullpen in left to tie the score at one a piece. It was Baltz’s third homer of the season and his second in as many games.
The score would remain tied into the 8th inning. Eugene loaded the bases in the bottom of the 7th with just one out, but Alberth Martinez popped out and Felipe Blanco grounded out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 8th, Jonathan Roof singled with one out. Baltz and Maxx Tissenbaum followed with walks to load the bases. Dane Phillips came in to pinch hit and while at the plate the Ems took the lead on a Matt Veydo wild pitch scoring Roof from 3rd. Phillips ended up striking out but Rodney Daal came through with a two-out two-run single to make the score 4-1 heading to the 9th.
Roman Madrid gave up a double and a walk to start the 9th but struck out the next two and got Brock Hebert to pop up to end the ball game. Madrid notched the win, but the whole bullpen was stellar. Between Wieber, Shepherd, Picca and Madrid, Eugene recorded 12 outs from the bullpen, 10 of them coming from strikeouts.
The Ems are now 4-4 in the second half and look to keep things going tomorrow night in game two of the three-game series. First pitch is at 7:05pm and the Emerald Valley Golf Resort Pre-game show starts at 6:50pm on the Ems flagship station 95.3 the Score.