Trae Santos entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and notched an RBI single in his only at-bat of the night to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Emeralds a 3-2 win.
In the Ems first game since Hunter Renfroe moved on to bigger and better things his replacement in right field had a rough outing at the plate, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Before Santos’s single the game had been tied at two since the second inning. Spokane scored two in the second to take a 2-1 lead after the Ems scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Bass to score Ronnie Richardson, who had a characteristic trip around the bases, reaching on a single, stealing second and taking third on a throwing error.
The Ems tied it in the bottom half of the second, but that was it for the offense until the ninth inning. Spokane got five solid innings out of starter Collin Weis. Vladmir De La Cruz made his first start of the year for manger Jim Gabella and turned in a three inning outing. Tayron Guerrero and Jeffery Enloe each pitched two innings for the Ems with Enloe striking out four, and Josh Richardson and Adam Cimber tossed a scoreless inning as well.
Eugene hosts Spokane again Sunday and Monday evenings to close out the five game series. Eugene will be going for the series win tomorrow.