Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Relations
EUGENE, OR – Erik Cabrera got things off to a good start for the Ems, as the right hander struck out the side in order in the top of the 1st. From there he would work in and out of trouble. From the 2nd through the 5th Everett put at least one man in scoring position, but Cabrera kept them off the scoreboard. A bases loaded 6-4-3 double play off the bat of RF Reggie Lawson ended a threat in the 2nd. In the 4th an Austin Wilson one-out double was erased when Ems 2B Eric Charles caught an infield pop-up and flipped to second base in time for the double play. The runner Wilson strayed too far from the bag thinking the pop-up would be dropped and Cabrera had worked out of another jam.
Through five innings the teams were locked in a scoreless tie and Everett starter Tyler Olson was working his pitches to perfection. The lefty mixed fastballs between 84-86MPH and slow curves in the low 70’s to retire the first 17 batters he faced. Chase Jensen broke up the perfect game with a two-out single in the 6th. Ronnie Richardson followed the hit with a base on balls but Edwin Moreno would pop out to end the threat. Those would be the only two base runners the Emeralds would manage all night long.
Cabrera came back out for the 6th inning and issued a couple of walks around a sacrifice bunt. With runners on 1st and 3rd, LF Phillips Castillo opened the scoring with an RBI double. Cabrera was pulled for right hander Coby Cowgill who allowed a sacrifice fly making it 2-0 Aqua Sox. Everett would strike for one more in the 7th off Cowgill using a couple of infield singles and a fielding error on 3B Fernando Perez. Genison Reyes came on to pitch the 8th for Eugene allowing RBI hits to RF James Zamarippa and SS Jack Reinheimer making it 5-0 Sox.
Olson continued to mow down Emeralds hitters as he retired the final 10 batters he faced. The 7th round pick from Gonzaga finished off the complete game one-hitter by striking out Edwin Moreno for his 10th punch out of the contest. The Emeralds will be back at it Thursday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. It’s a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser with tickets available at EmeraldsBaseball.com.