Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds clinched at least a series split with a walkoff win against Spokane. In the top of the first it looked like the Indians might get on the board when they used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. Thomas Dorminy, Eugene’s lefty starter, induced a round-the-horn double play to end the threat.
The Emeralds would eventually score first in the bottom of the 4th inning when Franchy Cordero belted a solo shot off the batters eye for his second homer of the season. Eugene had scoring chances in the 5th with two on and one out but could not score. Spokane starter Andrew Barnett finished five innings allowing three hits and just that one run while striking out eight.
In the top of the 6th, Colby Blueberg came on from the Ems bullpen and retired the first two batters he faced. When he struck out Jose Trevino swinging it looked like a quick 1-2-3 inning, but catcher Jose Ruiz dropped the 3rd strike and Trevino reached first. Then with Luke Tendler batting, Trevino took off for second on a 3-2 pitch. The pitch was a ball outside but Ruiz threw to second anyway and when the ball sailed into center field it setup runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 out. With Marcus Green batting a pass ball got by Ruiz and allowed the runner from 3rd to score and tie the game.
Both offenses would have few scoring chances until the 12th inning. In the top half, Spokane recorded back-to-back two out hits off Cory Bostjancic before Saquan Johnson struck out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 12th, lefty Nick Dignacco came in and went to a 3-2 count to Ems 2B Jalen Goree. After fouling off multiple pitches he ripped one over the left field wall for a walk-off win. The Ems are now 2-1 in extra inning contests. Eugene remains 4 games back in the southern division after Hillsboro defeated Everett 8-7.
The Emeralds wrap up this 9-game, 8-day homestand Thursday night with a July 3rd fireworks extravaganza. Box seats and bleachers are sold out, standing room only $4 per ticket. As always you can tune in live to 95.3 the Score for the broadcast starting at 6:50pm.