Emeralds Commit Five Errors in Sixth, Fall to Yakima 7-2
Sloppy baseball was the downfall for the (2-1) Eugene Emeralds on Sunday at PK Park, as they dropped their first game of the 2012 campaign in an ugly 7-2 loss to Yakima.
The (1-2) Yakima Bears came out swinging in the first inning with a leadoff double to left field from Josh Parr. After a walk, a throwing error from third baseman Chris Burke moved the runners up into scoring position with nobody out. Ems starting pitcher Justin Hancock was able to recover, striking out Jacob House, followed by a double play to escape the inning without giving up a run.
The Ems would get on the board in the fourth inning with a home run from Burke to left field, his first of the season. After a walk from Brian Adams, more sloppy baseball would prove to hurt Eugene, as Adams was picked off attempting to steal second base.
Yakima drove in their first run of the game with a home run from Shaun Cooper. That was just the start of the scoring for the Bears. After a hit batter and a walk, Burke continued to have a frustrating day at third base, committing his second error of the day to allow runners to move into scoring position.
This was just the beginning of Burke’s nightmare, though. The very next batter, Burke committed another error, allowing Jimmy Comerota to score. Unfortunately, Burke’s horrible day fielding continued to plague him. On the ensuing play, Burke committed his third error in as many at bats, scoring House from third base.
The Bears would score again thanks to a wild pitch from Shepherd. After three straight errors from Burke, and a hit batter, a walk, and a wild pitch from Shepherd, the Emeralds finally recorded an out as Shepherd struck out Steven Rodriguez.
With two outs, Shepherd threw another wild pitch, allowing Daniel Poma to score. Shepherd would be pulled from the game after another walk and hit batter. Second baseman Eric Charles committed Eugene’s fifth error of the inning as runners moved into scoring position. Finally, House would strike out, but not before the Bears tacked on six runs in the inning.
The next inning, the Emeralds would commit their sixth error of the game, allowing Poma to score from second to extend the Yakima lead to six runs.
Alberth Martinez would walk with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the Emeralds their second run of the game, but that would be all the runs they would produce, as they would go hitless the remainder of the game.
The Emeralds fall to 2-1 on the season while Yakima improves to 1-2. The Bears will try and even up the series Monday night in game four of the five game opening series at PK Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Mike Watt will get the start for the Emeralds, while Cody Wheeler will take the hill for the Bears.