Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Services
EUGENE, Ore.– Things looked good early for the Emeralds as they scored first for the fourth straight night. Anthony Torres and Miguel Del Castillo each singled in the 2nd inning to set up a Michael Bass RBI knock and a Marcus Davis sacrifice fly making it 2-0 Eugene. One of the newest Emeralds, Malquiel Brito scored another run in the 4th when he smacked a leadoff double to left and scored on Bass’s second RBI single.
On the mound, Bryan Verbitsky pitched well going five innings allowing just 4 hits, a couple of walks and one earned run. Everett got on the board in the 5th inning with a pair of sun-aided base hits. Aquasox 1B Reggie Lawson drove one to deep left field where Malquiel Brito got a late jump on it after having trouble seeing it through the sun’s glare. One batter later, James Zamarripa drove him in with a bloop single that fell in front of Brito who again had trouble with the sun during the matinee 5:05pm start time.
Eugene added a run in the 6th when Anthony Torres drew a leadoff walk and scored on an Andrew Carraway wild pitch making it 4-1 Ems. Ems reliever Michael Kelly struggled in the 7th after completing a 1-2-3 6th inning. Kelly would load the bases with a couple of walks and a hit batsman with nobody out before being lifted for Coby Cowgill. After Cowgill came on, the next three batters would hit safely driving in three runs to make 4-4. The tying run came in to score on a chopper to second baseman Michael Bass when Marcus Davis didn’t cover the bag at first and everyone was safe.
Cowgill got out of the jam in the 7th with a couple of strikeouts and came back out for the 8th. With two outs, James Zamarippa singled and Michael Faulker walked setting up 1st and 3rd for Bryan Brito. He would hit a ground ball deep into the hole at shortstop forcing Torres to go to the backhand and make a strong throw across the diamond to end the threat.
In the top of the 9th on a similar ball hit into the hole, Torres this time sailed the throw into the dugout giving the Sox a runner in scoring position with none out. Christian Charmichael drove him in two batters later and that was enough for Everett to snap Eugene’s three-game winning streak.
The Ems head on the road for an 8-game trip starting with three in Salem followed by five in Vancouver.