Ems Pitching Dominates, Shuts Out Yakima in 3-0 Win
The (3-1) Eugene Emeralds pitching wasn’t just good on Monday night, it was dominant. The Ems held the (1-3) Yakima Bears to just five hits in a 3-0 shutout win on Monday night at PK Park. The Bears never got a runner to second base only once in the entire game.
Ems starter Mike Watt left the game after the first inning due to forearm stiffness. Manager Pat Murphy turned to Genison Reyes in the bullpen, who turned in four shutout innings, only giving up two walks.
“The job that Reyes did was just really outstanding,” said Murphy.
After being held to just one hit in the first five innings, the Ems finally put together some offense in the sixth inning, starting with a two-out single from River Stevens. After a single from Alberth Martinez moved Stevens to third and a walk from Clark Murphy, Yair Lopez blooped a single into shallow right field, scoring two runs. While the Ems didn’t rack up many hits, they got the ones that mattered, scoring any way they could.
“You gotta just keep scraping,” said Murphy. “Their pitcher did a heck of a job.”
In the bottom of the eighth, the Emeralds added an insurance run with a fielders choice groundout from Martinez, scoring Ronnie Richardson, who had led off the inning with a single and had moved to third after a stolen base and a fielders choice groundout.
Juan Marcano (1-0), who came on to pitch for Eugene in the top of the sixth, was credited with the win, while Ryan Kelly earned his second save of the season, pitching two shutout innings.
Matthew Chabot also pitched a shutout inning in the seventh. In total, the Emeralds bullpen pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while walking three and striking out four.
The Emeralds will wrap up their series against Yakima Tuesday night at 7:05 pm at PK Park.
Following the game, Eugene will start a tough 14-game road trip due to the US Olympic Trials for track & field rolling into town this week. The Ems will return home on July 4 to kick off a three game series with the Everett AquaSox.