Despite a strong night for the pitching staff the Eugene Emeralds fell 2-0 to the Spokane Indians to fall to 20-32 on the season in front of 3,254 at PK Park.
Bryan Verbitsky and Michael Kelly each threw scoreless three inning stints before Erik Cabrera took over in the seventh. Cabrera got through his first inning unscathed but gave up a pair of runs in the eighth to fall to 0-7 on the year.
The struggling pitcher gave up give of the Indians six hits on the night in his second straight appearance out of the bullpen after ten winless starts.
The Ems out-hit Spokane 7-6 but weren’t able to get a run across in their first action after the All Star game. The Ems only struck out four times but didn’t draw a single walk on the night with all three Indians pitchers finding the zone.
“The threw strikes,” Ems manager Jim Gabella said. “They threw strikes with all their pitches, and when you do that you have a good chance to win.”
Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in his second-to-last game with Eugene before he leaves for Fort Wayne at the start of the weekend. His replacement, 2009 first round pick Donavan Tate, was 0-for-1 in his Emeralds debut with a pinch-hit groundout but it was a productive enough out to move the runner over.
“I liked the at-bat that he had,” Gabella said. “It’s hard for a guy who hasn’t played a whole lot of games this year to get up there and take a good healthy swing, so that’s a positive.”
Tate is expected to start tomorrow, though Gabella didn’t say anything one way or another.
Eugene will throw Coby Cowgill tomorrow against fellow righthander Eric Brooks. Cowgill is 1-0 on the year with two starts and ten appearances out of the pen and brings a 1.95 ERA and 32 strikeouts in just 27.2 innings.