Eugene, OR - A late comeback attempt fell just short after the Emeralds tied the game but lost it late falling for the fifth consecutive time, this one a 4-3 defeat by the Tri-City Dust Devils in front 2,426 at PK Park.
The scoring got started early for the Dust Devils (13-9) when in the second inning Luis Asuncion singled to lead-off the inning. A Tre Carter strikeout by starter Matt Swarmer, Jalen Washington tripled to score Asuncion. A Bryant Aragon sacrifice fly scored Washington and made it a 2-0 game.
Tri-City would add to the lead in the next inning after back-to-back singles by Tyler Benson and Kelvin Melean to lead-off the inning. After Justin Lopez struck out, a throwing error allowed Luis Almanzar to reach safely and score Benson.
Swarmer would finish the next two innings without allowing another run, holding the Dust Devils to three runs (two of them earned) on five hits, with just one walk and six strikeouts.
The Ems (11-11) would come back and tie the game in the fifth off Hawk starter Ben Sheckler. They started the scoring with one out when Tolly Filotei singled. A stolen base and a Rafael Narea walk put runners on first and second when Jhonny Bethencourt singled to center, scoring Filotei.
A Miguel Amaya single and a Gustavo Polanco double would score Narea and Bethencourt and make it a 3-3 ballgame. Sheckler settled after a mound visit and got Austin Filiere and Kwang-Min Kwon to strike out to end the inning.
It would stay tied until the seventh, when Benson doubled off new pitcher Brian Glowicki, who was making his pro ball debut. A pair of strikeouts brought up Almanzar, who singled to center to score Benson and give Tri-City a 4-3 lead.
Eugene tried to rally in the eighth when Edgar Rondon and Jose Gonzalez hit back-to-back singles with one out, getting the tying run to third. A safety squeeze snuffed out after Filotei put his bunt back to the pitcher. A fly out to center ended the threat.
Glowicki was not the only Ems pitcher to make his debut on the night, as 18th rounder Casey Ryan pitched in the sixth and allowed just one hit on the night.
The Ems will be at PK Park on Friday for a Freezer Mug Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans through the Homeplate gate. Get your tickets online at emeraldsbaseball.com or calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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