Eugene, OR - A late rally in the eighth was not enough for the Emeralds as they fall 3-2 in a close and thrilling game against the Everett AquaSox with 4,256 looking on at PK Park.
With the game tied 2-2 in the ninth, the Everett AquaSox (13-20) jumped on reliever Brian Glowicki after he quickly got the first two outs of the inning. Chris Torres singled before Joseph Rosa blooped a double down the right field line that Brandon Hughes sild for but could not glove, allowing Torres to score and made the game 3-2.
Before the ninth it looked like AquaSox would win easily up 2-0, but the Emeralds (19-14) made things interesting in the eighth. Kwang-Min Kwon singled and Rafael Narea walked to lead things off before Zach Davis laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners.
A strikeout to Aramis Ademan put two outs for Miguel Amaya before a wild pitch scored Kwon and Amaya singled to score Narea and make it a 2-2 ball game.
Bailey Clark turned in his best performance on the mound this year after going five innings and only giving up an unearned run in the third after Rosa tripled and then scored on a throwing error. Clark would make it through the next two innings allowing just two baserunners and five strikeouts.
Ricky Tyler Thomas relieved Clark in the sixth and was strong for two innings of work, allowing just one hit and a striking out a pair.
Everett would score again in eighth after Thomas was relieved by Casey Ryan. Back-to-back singles to lead off the inning followed by a pair of hit batters scored the second run of the game for the AquaSox. Glowicki (0-1) threw the final two innings, giving up two hits and one run while striking out a pair.
The finale of the five-game set will be on Wednesday at PK Park at 7:05pm for Sluggo's Birthday. Get your tickets online at emeraldsbaseball.com or calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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