Eugene, OR - On a day that was anticipated for the Emerald's starter, a last-minute double play and a late sacrifice fly were the biggest plays for the Ems this afternoon as they hung on and took home a 2-1 victory, their third-straight, over the Tri-City Dust Devils in front of 2,518.
With the game tied late in the seventh inning, the Emeralds (14-11) Jared Young led off the inning with a single and got to second on a wild pitch. Following a Joe Martarano walk, another wild pitch got the go-ahead run to third base. Brandon Hughes did enough as he hit a deep drive to center, scoring Young and making it a 2-1 game.
In the ninth Ems reliever Jesus Camargo, in his fourth inning of work, gave up a lead-off single to the Dust Devils (13-12) Bryant Aragon, who was then pinch run for by Felipe Blanco. A strike out to Chandler Seagle set up Tyler Benson. Benson struck out swinging and Miguel Amaya gunned down Blanco trying to steal second to end the game.
The game started auspiciously for the Ems after Kelvin Melean reached on an error to start the game. Eugene starter Jose Albertos, the number seven prospect for the Cubs and pitching in his first A-Ball game, threw a wild pitch and advanced Melean to second.
A soft ground out to short moved Melean to third were he would eventually score on another wild pitch. Albertos settled from there and worked quickly through the next five innings, allowing just the one unearned run on one hit, one walk and four strikeouts on 81 pitches.
Albertos was in line for a loss until the bottom of the fifth when Hughes smashed a ball that went over the foul pole, not only giving him his first professional RBI and home run, but also giving the Ems a 1-1 tied game. He would untie the game himself later, going 2-for-2 on the day with a pair of RBIs and run.
Camargo, a starter in the Ems rotation until a week ago, threw four innings and gave up just three hits and a walk, allowing no one to score and striking out eight.
Dust Devils starter Emmanuel Ramirez took the loss, his second of the year, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five as well.
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