Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Services
EUGENE, OR – The Emeralds got another outstanding start from Erik Schoenrock and the offense broke the game open late in an 8-0 win over first place Everett. Schoenrock allowed a one-out double in the 2nd inning to catcher Carlton Tanabe and that would be the only hit he would allow over 6 innings of work. Using just 71 pitches, Schoenrock struck out 7 and allowed just that double and a 6th inning walk on his way to his 2nd win of the season.
The Ems offense produced at least one base runner in four of the first five innings but could not find a run. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe led off the 6th with a walk and Fernando Perez followed two batters later with a double chasing Everett starter Steven Ewing from the game. Reliever Tommy Burns was making his NWL debut and was greeted by a Michael Miller RBI single making it 1-0 Emeralds. After a Michael Bass sac fly, Anthony Torres delivered a big two-out two-run double. A few pitches later Torres took third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw from catcher Carlton Tanabe to make it 5-0 Eugene.
The Ems batted around the order in the 6th and the long break spelled the end of the night for Schoenrock. Jairo Gomez came in to pitch two strong innings allowing just a two-out infield single to Tanabe.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Ems took advantage of a Bryan Brito fielding error and a two-out single from Anthony Torres when Ronnie Richardson blasted his second homer of the year. Brandon Fry came on to close out the win using a 4-6-3 double play to erase a leadoff single. The shutout was the league-leading 6th thrown by the Emeralds pitching staff.
The Ems have now taken two of the first three in the series which spans through Sunday. The same two clubs will be back at it Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm from PK Park.