Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds did not wait long to get on the board on a $3 Thursday at PK Park. Auston Bousfield ledoff the bottom of the 1st with his first professional home run. The Ems center fielder belted one over the fence in left field off 18 year-old lefty Luiz Gohara. Franchy Cordero made it back-to-back jacks by hitting his 8th big fly of the year to tie the league lead. The Ems weren’t done in the first as Marcus Davis doubled and Jose Urena walked setting up Jalen Goree who came in hitting .476 against left-handed pitching. Goree took Gohara out to straight away center field making it a 5-run first inning for Eugene.
The Aquasox had an answer in the top of the 2nd off Ems starter Michael Kelly. The inning began with a hit by pitch and a walk before Kelly induced a fly out and a ground out. With two down, CF Wilton Martinez hit a fly ball down the line in right that went for a two-run triple after Ems RF Nick Torres missed a diving attempt. The next hitter, Luke Guarnaccia, singled to left cutting the Ems lead to 5-3. The hit from Guarnaccia would be Everett’s last hit until the 7th inning.
Michael Kelly finished 5 innings with 6 strike outs and allowed those three runs on only two hits. In the bottom of the 6th, Eugene added two more runs after Bousfield and Cordero again ignited the offense. This time it was a walk from Bousfield and a single for Cordero to set up an RBI groundout by Torres and an RBI single for Marcus Davis. The Ems offense kept it up into the 8th inning when they used a single and three doubles to plate three more runs. Heading into the 9th the Ems held a comfortable 10-3 lead.
Cory Bostjancic came out of the pen for the 9th and allowed four of the first five hitters to reach base safely. After striking out Corey Simpson, Everett was down to their final out. Bostjancic then walked LF Sheehan Planas-Arteaga and gave up a base-clearing double to 1B Kristian Brito making it 10-8. James Alfonso then singled to right and the lead was cut to one, Robbie Wine turned to closer Bryan Verbitsky. Verbitsky retired the only batter he faced to pick up his 7th save of the year and move the Ems 2nd half record to an even 5-5.
The series is tied at one game a piece and will continue Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.