Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
PASCO, Wash.– The four-game skid to start the season is a distant memory in the mind of the Eugene Emeralds as they picked up their fourth straight win Saturday night, a 6-1 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils.
With the win, the Ems have their first road win of 2014 while also moving to .500 for the first time this season. It was the fifth time in the past six games that Manager Rob Wine’s squad scored first, and it didn’t take long for them to get on the scoreboard Saturday night.
The Ems jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to slugger Trae Santos. The Ems first baseman, fresh off hitting a monster grand slam the night before, belted an RBI double off the wall in right center field to help the Ems jump out to the early advantage.
One inning later, a fielding error by the Dust Devils and a Franchy Cordero RBI single helped the Ems jump out to a 5-0 lead, and that would prove to be more than enough offensive production as the Emeralds pitching staff brought their A-game to Pasco, Washington.
Emeralds starting pitcher Griffin Russell put forth a solid performance in his second start of the season, spreading five hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over four innings of shutout ball.
Although Russell didn’t pitch the minimum five innings required for a starting pitcher to be eligible for a win, the Emeralds bullpen picked up where he left off as four relievers combined to allow only two hits over the final five innings while striking out seven Dust Devils batters.
San Diego Padres 2014 first round draft choice Trea Turner went 2-for-5 at the plate and has now hit safely in each of his first five professional games. In addition, every Emerald in the lineup reached base safely at least once while six different Emeralds came across to score in the ballgame.
The Ems will look to get above .500 for the first time this season as they face off against the Dust Devils at 7:15pm Sunday night in the second game of the five game series. You can catch all the action starting at 7:05pm on 95.3FM The Score or on www.EmeraldsBaseball.com.