Renfroe, Perez Pace Ems Past Hawks

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Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Services

EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds entered Wednesday looking for a spot start from one of their newest arms, lefty Christian Miller. He had made just one Northwest League appearance coming into the game, but was able to complete four shutout innings. Miller scattered four hits and a walk to get the game to the bullpen with the lead.

Eugene’s offense was blanked on Tuesday night but broke out against starter Loiger Padron in the 4th inning with the three doubles. Henry Charles started things with one out and Hunter Renfroe traded places with him to initiate the scoring. With two-outs Fernando Perez lifted a fly ball over the head of left fielder David Bote for an RBI double making it 2-0.

Renfroe would come back out in the 6th against Boise reliever Jasvir Rakkar and blast his 3rd homer of the year over the bullpen in left field. Not to be out done, Perez belted a solo shot of his own in the 7th and the Emeralds were in control 4-0.

In the 8th inning, Ems righty reliever Josh Richardson was looking to keep Eugene in line for their league-high 8th shutout. After a leadoff double, a hit batsman and a single, the Hawks had them loaded with one out. RF Yasiel Balaguert rolled a grounder to third where Chase Jensen attempted start the 5-4-3 round the horn double play. The speed of Balaguert was too much on the backend and Boise scratched out a run making it 4-1. In the bottom of the 8th, Eugene got that run right back when Felipe Blanco legged out a triple and scored on a Ronnie Richardson sacrifice fly.

Adam Cimber came on to close out the 9th and the 5-1 victory for Eugene. The Ems moved their record to 1-1 in the second half, the same as all three other southern division teams. The Ems are at home for six more nights going through Tuesday, July 30.

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