Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Sports Information
SPOKANE, Wash. — For seven and a half innings the Eugene Emeralds could do no wrong. However, late-inning woes once again plagued the Ems as the bullpen imploded in the eighth inning, allowing six runs and surrendering the lead as the Spokane Indians picked up their third comeback win over the Eugene Emeralds in four games.
With lefty Jeffrey Enloe starting on the mound for the Ems and working well to pitch himself out of trouble, the Emeralds started with a bang at the plate in the second inning. With one out in the frame, left fielder Wynton Bernard turned on an offering from Indians starting pitcher Yohander Mendez and launched a towering fly ball, and as the Ems outfielder did his best to lean and pray it stayed fair, the fly ball drifted just inside the left field foul pole and beyond the outfield fence for his first home run as a Eugene Emerald.
Two batters later, after Ryan Miller reached safely on a walk, Henry Charles responded with a home run of his own, putting a charge into a Mendez pitch and crushing it up and over the right field fence to triple the Ems advantage with one swing.
The Indians would soon respond just an inning and a half later, as in the bottom of the third Ryan Cordell led off the inning with a stand-up double. After being advanced to third on a Barrett Serrato sacrifice fly, Cordell would score one batter later on a Alberto Truinfel single, cutting the lead to 3-1. It would be 3-2 moments later as Jamie Jarmon singled home Truinfel for the second run of the inning, as Jarmon – a 2nd round pick in 2012 by the Texas Rangers organization – was making his first appearance since aggravating his hamstring on June 26th.
The score would stand until the top of the sixth inning, as first baseman Trae Santos led off the inning by blasting a solo shot up and off the roof of the train diner beyond the right field fence, notching his third home run of the season and extending the Emeralds lead to 4-2. After Coby Cowgill, Brandon Fry, and Josh Richardson each pitched admirably in and out of jams to keep the score 4-2, the Emeralds train would come off the tracks in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Manager Jim Gabella turned the ball over to reliever Max Beatty for the eighth inning, and after inducing a ground out on the first pitch he threw, the Indians began to explode at the plate for six runs as Manager Tim Hulett Sr.’s side would bat around in the frame, notching 4 singles, two doubles, and two walks to complete yet another comeback over the Eugene as they would win 8-4 over the Ems.
The Emeralds went quietly in the ninth as Felipe Blanco struck out to end the game with Ronnie Richardson on first base, as the Ems dropped their third game in four meetings against the Indians, while Spokane moved back to two games above .500.
The game wasn’t all roses for the Indians, as two players were ejected on the night thanks to a quick trigger from home plate umpire Josh Root. However, the Indians battled through questionable calls and a late-inning deficit to pick up their thirteenth win of the season.
The Emeralds have scored first in each of the four games thus far against Spokane, but have only held on to win one of those games as they try to rebound tomorrow in the series finale.