Eugene Emeralds (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Eugene Emeralds
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The Eugene Emeralds struck gold in the eighth and ninth innings to send the game to extras but Spokane came away with a 4-2 in in 13 innings to improve to 27-28 while Eugene fell to 22-33 with the loss.

A day after Trae Santos‘ walk off hit it was Malquiel Brito with the ninth inning heroics, notching an RBI single into center field to level the score after Fernando Perez singled home Wynton Bernard in the eighth to make it 2-1.

“When we played them at their park it was the same way,” Ems skipper Jim Gabella said. “We had some leads and they walked us off a couple times. Give our guys some credit for battling back to tie it, their relief pitchers just had it in extra innings.”

Spokane’s pitching was strong all night long, starting with Ryne Slack‘s 5.2 innings of no-hit ball to start the night. Slack struck out seven in a relatively short outing.

For the Ems, Erick Schoenrock started on the mound and gave up a lone run in three innings o work. Kyle Loyd gave up a run in his three innings as well, but the best outing of the night for the home side came from the struggling Erik Caberera, who turned in his best outing of the year with four scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Brito was the only Emerald with more than one hit, though Ronnie Richardson was hit by two pitches.

Donavan Tate was kept out of the lineup by Gabella as a rest day as he continues to get back into game shape. Gabella said he will be back in the starting lineup tomorrow.

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