Errors Prove Costly as Bears Take Down Emeralds 10-1
Errors came early and often for the (3-2) Eugene Emeralds Wednesday night as they lost to the (2-3) Yakima Bears 10-1. The Emeralds committed five errors in the span of three innings while also allowing seven runs, only one earned, during that same time span. Stable pitching throughout the night for the Yakima Bears, highlighted by starter Daniel Watts (3 IP, 1 H, 1 HBP, 2 K, 0 R), kept the Ems at bay.
After already having secured their first series win of the season with a 3-0 victory on Monday night, Eugene (3-2; 3-2 home; 0-0 away) completed their first series of the 2012 season on a mostly cloudy, but dry, Tuesday evening at PK Park. Their opponent, the Yakima Bears (2-3; 0-0 home; 2-3 away), were looking to salvage their first series of the season before they headed back home for their own home opener.
Starting for the Emeralds was Bryan Rodriguez, who was 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 10 games for the DSL Padres during the 2011 season.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Emeralds in the top of the first as the first two batters for the Bears reached base. Designated hitter Yogey Perez reached base after Rodriguez bobbled a come-backer, throwing an errant ball to first base, thus allowing Perez to advance to second. Yakima SS Josh Parr then bunted the ball, advancing to first after Eugene third-baseman River Stevens had a scary collision with Rodriguez, one that stopped play as Stevens shook off the hit. Parr would then reach second base after a pitch-out attempt was unsuccessful in beating the runner. Both Perez and Parr would score on the next two plays as Perez scored on a fielders-choice by Yakima left-fielder Shaun Cooper with Parr scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field by third-baseman Jimmy Comerota.
After a 1-2-3 inning by Yakima starter Daniel Watts, the Emeralds and Bears swapped zeros in the top- and bottom-half of the 2nd inning before the Bears were able to do damage once again.
The third inning for the Emeralds was a tough one, especially for second-baseman Kevin Medrano. After a great catch by Emeralds RF Alexi Colon to retire Josh Parr, the Emeralds would go on to give up 5 runs, with only one of them (Shaun Cooper) being earned. Cooper scored after Emeralds second-baseman B.J. Guinn bobbled a ball hit by Jimmy Comerota and threw the ball wide of first, allowing Cooper to reach home as the ball wound up near the Emeralds dugout. After a single by Kerry Jenkins, Guinn committed his second error of the inning as he threw what was likely an inning-ending double-play ball to the right of Eugene SS Stephen Carmon, bringing Camerota across the plate. Despite giving up just one earned run, Emeralds starter Bryan Rodriguez was taken out of the game in the top of the third with just one out, being replaced by RHP Chris Haney.
The errors would continue for the Emeralds on the next play as C Rodney Daal threw wide of third base after he bobbled the ball, allowing Jenkins to score and Jacob House to reach third base. After a given up a walk to Jae Yun Kim, House scored on an infield single by Kevin Medrano to put the Bears up 6-0 with just one out in the third inning. Kim would also cross the plate on the next play as Yogey Perez singled on a ball to right field. The inning would end on the same play as Medrano attempted to take home on a wide throw to third, but was ultimately caught at the plate on a nice recovery play by Emeralds third-baseman River Stevens.
The third inning saw the Bears walking away with a 7-0 lead, with just one of the seven runs being earned.
With the combined effort of Daniel Watts and relief pitcher Blake Forslund, who came into the game for Watts in the top of the fourth, the Bears retired 9 straight batters.Watts came away from the game after pitching three solid innings, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts and one hit batter.
Yakima would once again be the next team to strike as Josh Parr came across in the 6th inning with two outs after Kerry Jenkins laced a ball up the middle for his second hit of the game, putting the Bears up 8-0. The Emeralds first hit since the second-inning came in their half of the sixth as River Stevens placed a single into left field with two down. He would then advance to second after a walk to Alberth Martinez. Unfortunately, the Ems were unable to put a run on the board as Clark Muphy struck out for the third out of the inning.
Trying to salvage something out of a rather disappointing night, the Ems scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the eighth inning when Stephen Carmon wiggled his way out of a pickle situation on a grounder back to the pitcher by River Stevens. Carmon seemed deadlocked between third and home when Yakima Bears reliever Jose Jose threw the ball wide of third, allowing Carmon to walk across home. The Emeralds were not able to capitalize further as both Martinez and Murphy grounded out to leave the score at 8-1 Bears.
Yakima was once again able to extend their already wide lead in the 9th inning as the Kerry Jenkins and Jacob House both crossed the plate. Jenkins, after being walked by Emeralds reliever Joe Church, reached third on a double by House. After Danny Poma struck out, Jae Yun Kim plated Jenkins with a sacrifice fly to right field. House came across after a wild pitch by Church, leaving the score at 10-1.
The Emeralds went down in order in the ninth inning, giving the Yakima Bears the 10-1 victory Wednesday night at PK Park.
Due to the upcoming 2012 Olympic Track and Field trials at Hayward Field, the Eugene Emeralds will be departing on a 14 game road trip, composing of the cities of Boise, Salem, Everett, and Vancouver. The Yakima Bears will be heading home for their home-opener against Salem-Keizer on Wednesday night.