Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
EUGENE, OR – Starting pitcher Yimmi Brasoban was put behind the eight-ball right off the bat when SS Franchy Cordero committed a throwing error allowing the first batter of the game to reach safely. Cleanup man Danny Canela would drive him in two batters later with a double giving Boise the early lead.
Eugene answered in the bottom half with singles from DH Trea Turner and SS Franchy Cordero followed by a homer to left from CF Nick Schulz. Boise would tie the score in the 3rd with a two-run homer to left from C Justin Marra that drifted into the Hawks bullpen. Brasoban finished 3 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, with 3 punch outs.
Boise pulled ahead in the 5th inning against Ems reliever Max Beatty. A one-out double was followed by a second Cordero throwing error making the score 4-3. A couple of hitters later, David Bote doubled to right center and the Hawks held a two-run cushion.
The Ems chipped away in the 6th by setting up runners on 1st and 3rd with none out. Schulz grounded into a double play scoring Jalen Goree. Boise starting pitcher Tyler Ihrig pitched well after giving up the first inning dinger. He finished 6 innings with 7 strike outs allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and just 1 walk. At one stretch, Ihrig struck out 5 straight Emerald hitters on just 17 pitches.
When the Hawks went to the bullpen for Josh Davis in the 7th, Eugene sparked a two-out rally. A single from LF Joseph Epperson and a costly error on SS Giuseppe Papaccio extended the inning for Goree. The Ems second baseman belted a high drive that cleared the wall in left giving the Ems a 7-5 lead.
Right-handed reliever Sam Holland tossed a perfect 8th inning with a couple of strike outs, but Boise started the 9th with a Kevin Brown single and a Justin Marra double to cut the lead to 7-6. Canela then grounded out before David Bote struck out with a runner on 3rd and one out. Eugene was just one out away from back-to-back wins when a slow roller to short turned into Franchy Cordero’s third and costliest throwing error of the evening. The tying run scored and the game would head to extras.
In the 11th Ems catcher Jose Ruiz reached on a double to right with one away. Yale Rosen then walked and Trea Turner singled to center field. When manager Robbie Wine threw up the stop sign at 3rd base, it set up a bases loaded one-out situation for Goree. Jalen sent a 2-0 pitch from Alberto Diaz over the shortstops head for an 8-7 walk-off win. Goree was the TOGO’s Player of the Game by going 3-4 with 4 RBI, a couple of steals and was a triple shy of the cycle. Seth Lucio picked up his first win for Eugene by pitching 2 scoreless innings with 4 strike outs.
The Ems will be going for the series sweep Friday night, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. For tickets visit EmeraldsBaseball.com