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Ems Lose 8-6 to Boise, Dropping Sixth Straight Contest

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Eugene's pitching staff has had its ups and downs (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Eugene’s pitching staff has had its ups and downs
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Ronnie Richardson current hitless streak has now matched his season-starting hitting streak, and if he doesn’t snatch up a dying quail on Sunday afternoon, it’ll extend him to six days without a basehit. The Ems (5-11) haven’t won a game since the hitless streak started for Richardson, and their losing streak reached six Saturday night against the Boise Hawks (8-8).

After a heartbreaker Friday night, they just couldn’t keep pace with a Hawk offense that seemed to score every inning and Boise would win 8-6.

Kyle Lloyd, one of the better arms in the Eugene bullpen, will take the Saturday loss (1-1) after giving up three runs in the sixth that put the Hawks up 7-5. The Ems actually led after the fifth and going into the bottom of the sixth, 5-4, before the Hawks’ surge.

Three hits and a walk would bring in three which put Boise up for good.

The defense didn’t look pretty for either team and the scoreboard will show it. Seven total errors were committed over the course of this one and they accounted for four runs, though three of them were gimmes for the Ems.

Trae Santos got the Eugene offense started on Saturday, shooting a solo shot (2) in the third for the first Ems run. Then with two outs, Henry Charles was hit by a pitch, Anthony Torres singled and Felipe Blanco walked to load the bases. A single and a wild pitch brought in all three.

A couple of Hawk errors would bring in two more Emerald runs, but it just wouldn’t be enough to hang with the pesky Boise foes.

Through the five series in the month of June, the Ems have lost four — all the three-game series — and have lost two-thirds of the games they’ve played.

Coach Jim Gabella‘s men have one more match in Boise Sunday before returning home to face the Hillsboro Hops on Monday. They’ve already dropped the series with the Hawks, but could put an end to the six-game losing streak with a win.

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Franklin Bains, contributing sports writer for EDN, writes about Ducks volleyball, Eugene prep sports and Pac-12 football, as well as some odds and ends in Oregon sports. Previously wrote for the Oregon Daily Emerald. Bains writes a weekly Pac-12 recap, and his favorite place in the spring might just be the PK Park press box.

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