Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
EUGENE, Ore.– For the second time in three nights it was the Emeralds jumping ahead early. Eugene used four singles to plate three runs in the 1st with the big hit coming from Marcus Davis who drove in two runs with two outs. Boise did not take long to respond after Ems starter Walker Lockett issued three straight walks to start the 2nd. A Oliver Zapata sacrifice fly scored the first run and Kevin Brown tied the game with a two-run double. Lockett was lifted from the game after just 1.1 innings after walking six, hitting one batter and allowing three earned runs.
Eugene unlocked the tie in the bottom of the 3rd utilizing two Boise errors, a single, a walk and a Trae Santos grand slam. Santos hit it off the PBR sign in right field to break the game open and give the Ems an 8-3 lead. RHP Michael Kelly steadied the ship after relieving Lockett by finishing 4.2 innings allowing just a hit and a walk with four punch outs.
Marcus Davis added a little insurance in the 4th by belting his 3rd homer of the year and the score stood 9-3. The Hawks tried to get something going in the 7th inning when the first two hitters to face right-hander Cory Bostjancic tripled and doubled. Bostjancic retired the next three hitters but both runners came in to score as the Ems were content to trade outs for runs. Bryan Verbitsky came on for a quick 9th inning to preserve the 9-5 victory. The Ems closed out the three-game sweep with Kelly picking up the win.
Eugene heads to the Tri-Cities for the next five days before returning for a big 8-day, 9-game homestand. For information and to order tickets visit EmeraldsBaseball.com
In the 11th Ems catcher Jose Ruiz reached on a double to right with one away. Yale Rosen then walked and Trea Turner singled to center field. When manager Robbie Wine threw up the stop sign at 3rd base, it set up a bases loaded one-out situation for Goree. Jalen sent a 2-0 pitch from Alberto Diaz over the shortstops head for an 8-7 walk-off win. Goree was the TOGO’s Player of the Game by going 3-4 with 4 RBI, a couple of steals and was a triple shy of the cycle. Seth Lucio picked up his first win for Eugene by pitching 2 scoreless innings with 4 strike outs.
The Ems will be going for the series sweep Friday night, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. For tickets visit EmeraldsBaseball.com.