The night started out on the right foot for the Eugene Emeralds on Friday following a 2-0 shutout of Tri-City. Robbie Wine’s team was able to get on the board early with a 3-0 lead after the first inning including singles by Franchy Cordero and Nick Jansen, but it did not take long for the tide to turn, and in a very bad way on the Ems.
In the top of the third the wheels fell off as Eugene Starter Lorgan Jernigan allowed Tri-City to comeback in a big way. His final line on his two and one third innings pitched. He allowed eight runs off seven, six earned with five strikeouts on the night. Eugene attempted a comeback, but ultimately fell 14-7 on what turned into a very long evening of baseball at PK Park.
Eugene is now 1-2 in the second half of the season as pitching has yet again been a problem area for the team this season. Following the 2-0 shutout on Thursday the team is once again in need of a win to salvage the season. Their next chance comes on Saturday night at 7:05pm in the finale of the five game series with Tri-City before hitting the road at Salem-Keizer for a three games series starting on Sunday.
The Eugene Emeralds need to get on a winning track to save their season. A solid second half start is now out the window, but if they take it one game at a time and can string together some victories they may be able to still make the playoffs in 2014, but every loss from this point forward will quickly become a nail in the coffin for the season.