Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds
PASCO, Wash.– The Ems were as close as four outs away from winning their fifth straight and moving above .500 for the first time this season, but a wild and explosive eighth inning led to a Dust Devils comeback as the Emeralds fell, 6-4.
The Emeralds entered tonight’s game having scored first in five of their past six games, but it was the Dust Devils who jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With Drew Weeks on first and one out in the inning, David Bergin slammed a triple off the outfield wall in center field scoring Weeks and giving Tri-City an early 1-0 lead.
After a rough first inning, Emeralds starting pitcher Tony Weiber settled down very nicely, at one point retiring ten consecutive Dust Devils batters.
In the fourth inning, the Emeralds bats came alive. Back-to-back doubles by Franchy Cordero and Jalen Goree led to the first Ems run crossing the plate. Not long after they had tied the game the Ems took their first lead. After Goree advanced to third on a wild pitch by Dust Devils starting pitcher Ryan Warner, Goree came across to score on a Joseph Epperson groundout to the shortstop Cesar Galvez giving the Ems a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Dust Devils would tie the game one inning later on a RBI double by Galvez, but the Ems responded with one run in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth, giving them a 4-2 lead with only six outs to go.
However, the Dust Devils broke through at the plate in the eighth inning by scoring four runs, with three of them coming on a towering home run by David Bergin. When the dust settled, Tri-City held a 6-4 lead that they would ultimately never relinquish.
With the win, the Dust Devils snap their own small streak – a two-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Ems fall back below .500 after an impressive four-game winning streak that saw them put their early season struggles behind them.
The Emeralds will look to start a new streak tomorrow as right-hander Adrian De Horta goes to the mound, looking for his first win as an Emerald. The Dust Devils will counter with left-hander Helmis Rodriguez.
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