Eugene Emeralds pitcher Erik Cabrera struggled once again, giving three in a short outing and falling to 0-6 on the season.
“He needs to get better with his command,” manager Jim Gabella said. “He over-throws pitches up in the strike zone. He’s got a quality arm, he’s just got to learn–like most guys–how to command it.”
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the first inning capitalizing on some shaky defense and the Canadians added another in the second and third innings to eventually chase Cabrera from the game.
Dan Arcilia homered off Cabrera in the second inning and absolutely crushed a ball well over the 376 sign in left center.
Cabrera was in trouble again in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out but he managed to tightrope his way out of it by inducing a pair of shallow fly balls.
With the meat of the Vancouver order due up to start the fifth Gabella gave the ball to Kyle Lloyd.
Lloyd promptly surrendered the second home run of the night to Brenden Kalfus. Kalfus’s shot was almost as impressive as his teammates, landing on the roof of the bullpen in right.
“They got a good team,” Gabella said. “The middle of that lineup has some guys that can really swing it and they did tonight.”
Vancouver added two more in the eight, again on a towering home run to right field.
The Ems offense did them no favors, managing only 4 hits on the night, and none in the first three innings. This comes after a stretch where the Ems put up five or more runs in five of the last six games.
“You got to tip your cap to their pitchers,” Gabella said. “They did a good job of changing speeds and keeping us off balance.”
Eugene hits the road tonight and will open up a five game series with Tri-City tomorrow before the All Star break next week. With the major league trade deadline looming Gabella said he wasn’t aware of any roster moves.
“No news is good news,” he said.
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