PASCO, Washington – For the sixth time in the past eight games the Emeralds got on the scoreboard first, but the Tri City Dust Devils responded quickly and never looked back as they handed Eugene their second straight loss, 5-1.
After the Ems had their four-game win streak snapped in dramatic fashion the night before, they took to the Gesa Stadium baseball diamond looking to get back to a .500 record. Things started on the right foot for the Ems as well as they jumped out to the early 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
With one out in the top of the first inning, Emeralds second baseman Jalen Goree stepped up smacked a double to center field. After a wild pitch by Dust Devils starting pitcher Helmis Rodriguez allowed Goree to advance to third base, he was quickly brought home to score thanks to an RBI single to left field by shortstop Franchy Cordero.
After the top of the first inning, Franchy Cordero was pulled for an undisclosed reason as Emeralds Manager Rob Wine shifted Felipe Blanco from third base to shortstop and inserted catcher Miguel Del Castillo at third base.
With the Ems already ahead 1-0 before many fans had even found their seats, it was the perfect start as the squad looked to get to 5-5 and avenge their late-inning loss Sunday night. However, the Dust Devils responded quickly with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 2-1 lead after just one inning of play. After taking the lead, the Dust Devils never looked back as they scored two more runs in the third inning and another in the fourth en route to a 5-1 win over the Emeralds.
The Ems will look to to snap their two-game skid and get back to their winning ways as they send 2013 Northwest League All-Star Jimmy Brasoban to the mound, who is eager to pick up his first win on the 2014 season.
You can catch all the action on Tuesday night between the Emeralds and the Dust Devils at 7:15pm on 95.3FM The Score or on www.EmeraldsBaseball.com.