Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Services
EUGENE, Ore.– For the third straight night Eugene fell behind in the early innings. Coby Cowgill was making his first start after coming out of the bullpen nine times this season. First baseman Dan Arcila doubled in catcher Michael Reeves to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. The Emeralds offensive would wake up in the 4th against Canadians starter Jeremy Gabryszwski when Ryan Miller knocked in a pair with a two-out single.
Eugene broke the game open in the 5th using a couple walks, three singles and a Hunter Renfroe double to plate four runs. Leading 6-1 the Ems went to the bullpen bringing in LHP Jeff Enloe. He struck out the first hitter he faced but then allowed a solo homer followed by two walks and four hits. By the time manager Jim Gabella went back to the bullpen the Emeralds’ lead was down to 6-5 and the bases were loaded.
RHP Tony Rizzoti came in for his first NWL appearance and induced the first hitter Dickie Thon Jr. to roll a grounder to short. Felipe Blanco attempted to throw to second for the force out to end the inning, instead his throw went into right field and two runs scored giving the Canadians a 7-6 lead. They would add another run on an L.B. Dantzler RBI single. All told Vancouver sent 12 men to the plate and scored 7 runs in a nightmare 6th inning.
Eugene was persistent and chipped away in the bottom of the 6th when Malquiel Brito led off with a walk and scored three batters later on a Michael Bass groundout. The Ems stranded a pair of runners in the 7th inning and entered the 8th still trailing by a run. Michael Bass drew a one-out walk and the next batter Hunter Renfroe belted a towering homer to left giving Eugene the 9-8 win. Josh Richardson came out to pick up the save with a perfect 9th inning.
The Emeralds matched a season high with the 9 runs scored and they move into a tie for first place in the 2nd half with Hillsboro (4-2). The series continues Monday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.