Eugene, OR - For the 23rd time this year, the Emeralds found themselves down to start the game, but a surging offense and remarkable bullpen work gave the Ems a chance to walk it off at home in front of 4,534. It was a chance they would not miss.
Jared Young got a lead-off single for the Emeralds (19-13) in the ninth with the game tied 4-4 off new pitcher Wyatt Mills, but it would be Jhonny Bethencourt that would be the difference maker after a fielder's choice got Young out at second. A Kwang-Min Kwon fly out put two down for Rafael Narea.
Narea went down 1-2 in the count before he lifted a fast ball into shallow center field where Brayan Hernandez fielded it on one hop. Bethencourt took off on contact and never stopped running, getting to third as Hernandez was throwing it into the cut-off man.
Bethencourt slid perfectly around the cut-off man's throw and ended the game with a 5-4 victory while Narea was mobbed by his teammates at second.
It started off quite differently for the AquaSox (12-20) as they scored three runs in the second inning off Javier Assad. Johnny Adams smashed a lead-off homer to make it a 1-0 game early before back-to-back singles and a triple by Hernandez made it 3-0.
The Ems would get one back in the bottom of the inning after a lead-off double by Brandon Hughes. He would eventually score after a back-to-back ground outs and make it a 3-1 game.
In the fourth, an Onil Pena homerun off Assad gave Everett a 4-1 lead and momentum heading late into the game. But the Ems came roaring back in the bottom of the fifth with two outs on a Narea double and Zach Davis single to score Narea. Aramis Ademan smacked his third homer of the season and tied the game at 4-4.
Assad worked five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and five strikeouts. The bullpen worked a perfect four innings with a pair of strikeouts. Jhon Romero worked three innings with one strikeout while Luis Aquino got his first win of the year pitching in the ninth.
Game four of the five game set will be on Tuesday at PK Park at 7:05pm for Bark in the Park Night, where fans can bring their pooches to the park. Get your tickets online at emeraldsbaseball.com or calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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