Eugene, OR - A big first inning for the visiting Boise Hawks sunk the Ems as they fell for the fourth consecutive game, this a 4-2 defeat in front of 3,346 at PK Park.
Bailey Clark (0-1, 5.28 ERA) took the bump for the Ems (11-10) and was in trouble early. A lead-off single by Steven Linkous followed by a JB Moss walk put good speed on the bases, and the Hawks (11-10) used that to their advantage.
With Ryan Metzler batting, Linkous and Moss performed a double steal to put runners on second and third with no outs. Clark got Metzler to strikeout before Danny Edgeworth singled and scored both runners.
Boise added to their lead in the third when Metzler scored on a single by Austin Bernard and a throwing error. Bernard would get to third on a single by Connor Hale and score on a Clark wild pitch.
Clark would shut the Hawks down from there, getting the Hawks in order the next two innings before being relieved by Enrique De Los Rios. Clark went five innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, and a walk but also struck out a career high nine batters.
De Los Rios would further stymie the Hawks by pitching four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and walks while striking out six.
Eugene got their offense going in the fourth after Austin Filiere doubled to lead-off the inning. Singles by Kwang-Min Kwon and Edgar Rondon brought Filiere around to score.
Filiere would also add his second run of the game in the eighth after crushing his first career homer over the left centerfield wall to make it a 4-2 ballgame but could not complete the comeback.
Kwon was the only other Emerald besides Filiere that had two hits on the night. Hawks pitching limited the Ems to just six hits and three walks, while striking out 14 batters.
The Ems will be back at PK Park on Thursday for Grateful Dead Night, with box seat tickets and drinks just $3. You can get tickets online at emeraldsbaseball.com or calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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