Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
EUGENE, OR – The Ems came home from the first roadtrip winless but after some timely hitting and strong pitching Eugene gave a 3,508 person crowd what they came to see. The scoring started in the second inning when a hit batsman and a Felipe Blanco double setup runners in scoring position. Shortstop Trea Turner hit a ball under the glove of third baseman Jesse Hodges and the Ems led 1-0. Coming into play Wednesday, the Ems had led for just one half inning out of the first four games. The Ems came back in the 3rd inning and added two runs with a walk and three singles.
Heading into the top of the 4th, the Ems were in control leading 3-0 and Adrian de Horta showing strong stuff with five punch outs through three innings. In the 4th, a hit batsman and a stolen base led the way for a Jesse Hodges RBI single and the lead was 3-1.
In the bottom of the 4th, the PK Park crowd was able to witness why Trea Turner was selected number 13 overall in this year’s draft. After drawing a one-out walk, Turner stole second and then implemented a delayed steal of 3rd base. Turner would score on a wild pitch just a couple of pitches later. Marcus Davis put the exclamation point on the scoring by blasting an opposite field home run making it 5-1.
Boise would not go quietly as DH David Bote hit a home run to left field off of Thomas Dorminy to cut the lead to 5-2. Bryan Verbitsky came on to pitch a perfect 9th inning including a pair of strikeouts. In all the Ems fanned 13 Boise hitters and allowed just four base hits.
The Ems and Hawks will continue this 3-game set Wednesday night with the finale scheduled for Thursday. Both games will start at 7:05pm with tickets available at EmeraldsBaseball.com and the broadcast available on Tunein Radio and 95.3fm The Score.