Courtesy: Emeralds Sports Information
Spokane, WA – Another night at the ballpark and another heartbreaking loss for the Eugene Emeralds, as the Ems continue to find new ways to lose, falling 4-3 in 12 innings to the Spokane Indians.
The Ems started tonight’s game much like last night, scoring first in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. With the ballgame still scoreless and one out on the top half of the third, Ronnie Richardson stepped up to the plate and cranked his first home run of the season, a solo shot that drifted just inside the left field foul pole and gave the Ems an early 1-0 lead.
But unlike last night, the Indians would quickly respond before the Ems could tack on any more runs, as three innings later the Indians would take their first lead of the evening thanks to some sloppy play in the infield. After starting pitcher Yimmi Brasoban carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and delivered five innings of scoreless ball, he was pulled in favor of newly-arrived reliever Tayron Guerrero, who quickly worked himself into a jam in his Emeralds debut.
Guerrero issued a walk to the leadoff batter Chris Garia, and after the Indians’ center fielder reached safely on a fielder’s choice, chaos ensued on the base paths. Garia quickly advanced to second on a throwing error by Guerrero on a pickoff attempt, before advancing another ninety feet to third base on another errant pickoff attempt, with the error being chalked up to shortstop Michael Bass this time.
With the tying run now just ninety feet away, a wild pitch by Guerrero opened the window for the speedy Garia to score easily, tying the game at 1-1. The Indians would score once more in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead, as second baseman Gabriel Roa would come around and score on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Barrett Serrato. When the dust settled, the Ems finished the inning allowing no hits while still surrendering two runs, accumulating 3 errors and a wild pitch in the process.
But the Ems showed some resiliency in the top half of the seventh, as Ronnie Richardson provided some more offensive power at the plate, doubling to deep right field with two outs in the inning. The Richardson double scored Anthony Torres from third base and Malquiel Brito from first, and the Eugene center fielder did his best to fire up the Ems at the plate and in the dugout.
The score would stand until the bottom of the ninth, as things once again began to unravel from the get-go. After reliever Adam Cimber came in to retire the final out of the eighth inning, Cimber served up a fastball right down the heart of the plate to shortstop Alberto Triunfel, who promptly led off the inning by blasting Cimber’s pitch up and over the left field wall, sending the crowd of 6,542 into a frenzy as Truinfel’s solo blast tied the game at 3-3. Cimber would go on to strike out the side, but the damage had been done as the Indians and Ems would head to extras.
Both sides were hitless through the first two and a half innings of the extra frames until with one out in the bottom of the eleventh, as catcher Kevin Torres singled on a ground ball to right field, becoming the first player on either side to reach base in nearly three innings.
After Janluis Castro flied out to center field for the second out, the ninth hitter in the Indians lineup Brandon Garcia came to bat, and with a 2-1 count Garcia laced a double up and off the right field wall giving Torres plenty of daylight to scamper all the way home from first. As Torres crossed home plate for the game-winning run, the Indians stormed out of the dugout to mob Garcia for delivering the extra-inning, walk-off win.
The win for the Indians was their 6th straight, moving them to a season-best 12-10 while the Emeralds woes continued, dropping their record to 7-15 on the season.
After back-to-back heartbreak losses, the Emeralds look to right the ship tomorrow at Avista Stadium in game three of this five-game series, with the first pitch expected at 6:30.