Ems Can’t Break Out Brooms, Fall to Boise in Series Finale
Going into the series finale against the Boise Hawks, the Eugene Emeralds hadn’t been shut out all year. Boise starter Tayler Scott made sure to change that, tossing six scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 victory for Boise to avoid the sweep.
The Ems’ offense seemed to get off to another hot start with a leadoff double from Ronnie Richardson. After stealing third, Richardson would be thrown out at home on a fielders choice.
Boise would strike first in the third inning as Darien Martin doubled to left to leadoff the inning. A sacrifice bunt from Lance Rymel would move Martin to third, and a single from Gioskar Amaya would give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead.
Eugene would turn to Joe Church to come on in relief in the fifth inning, but Boise would get to him early. After striking out the first two batters of the inning, Amaya kept the inning alive for Boise with a single followed by two stolen bases to move up to third. After Marco Hernandez drew a walk, the Hawks executed the hit-and-run perfectly as Stephen Bruno laced a ball to the gap in right center for a two-RBI double, scoring Amaya and Hernandez to extend the Boise lead to three runs.
That would be all Boise would need as Hayden Simpson and Matt Iannazzo came on in relief for three shutout innings, with Iannazzo notching his first save of the season for Boise.
“We had some quick at-bats and didn’t really go deep in the count,” said Murphy. “Whatever we’ve won, you wouldn’t know it by the way we played.”
Eugene starter Brandon Alger (3-1, 0.38 ERA) was dealt his first loss of the season, giving up one run on four hits.
“His stuff is good,” said Murphy. “He’s confident, he attacks, and things don’t phase him. I think he is a steal in the draft.”
Alger was a 26th round selection by the San Diego Padres out of Indiana Tech, a small college in Fort Wayne, IN with an enrollment of just over 4,000 students.
“He deserves better fate when it comes to his offense not supporting him,” said Murphy.
On the other side, Scott improved to 2-1 on the season with six shutout innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out four. The Ems finish the home-stand with a 6-2 record against Vancouver and Boise. Eugene’s bats finally showed some signs of life over the weekend, outscoring Boise 24-11 over the five game series.
Eugene will now break out the passports, heading to British Columbia to take on Vancouver for a four game series that includes a double-header tomorrow due to the June 30th game that was postponed.
On Friday, the Ems will return to Oregon to take on Salem-Kaizer for a three game weekend series before heading back to Eugene for a big three game series against the division leading Everett AquaSox.
“We’re short pitching. Will Scott went up to pitch a triple-A game so we’re gonna be a little short but can’t worry about it. Someone else has got to step up.”