Eugene, OR - A magnificent performance by starter Jesus Camargo and a big afternoon by second baseman Jhonny Bethencourt helped the Emeralds take game two against the AquaSox 5-3 in front 2,083 at PK Park.
The AquaSox (12-19) got off on the right foot in the first when Chris Torres hit a lead-off triple and scored two batters later with one out on a Eugene Helder single. Camargo (2-1, 1.73 ERA) settled after that and got Johnny Adams and Juan Camacho to fly out.
Though they found themselves down early, the Ems (18-13) got the bats rolling in the third and fourth and continued their hot hitting with two outs. Back-to-back doubles by Brandon Hughes and Jared Young tied the game at 1-1 before yet another double by Bethencourt scored Young to give the Ems the lead.
Michael Cruz singled to right to score Bethencourt and gave the Ems a 3-1 advantage. Eugene added to that lead in the fourth after Rafael Narea lead-off with a single and Aramis Ademan tripled one batter later to make it a 4-1 game.
A Gustavo Polanco single scored Ademan and gave Camargo all the cushion he would need. Camargo sailed until the top of the fifth after the first inning, striking out five batters in that span and not allowing a baserunner until a two out single by Austin Grebeck; though nothing would come of it as Ronald Rosario would strikeout to end the inning.
Everett finally broke through again in the sixth with Camargo on the mound, after a drop third strike allowed Torres to reach first. A stolen base and single put runners on first and third with no one out.
Helder then grounded to second with the runner on first stealing. Bethencourt made the play and seemed to get the runner Joseph Rosa at second before Ademan threw out Helder at first, but the umpire called Rosa safe.
Ems Manager tried to argue the call but was ejected from the game. Camargo held on through the delay to finish the inning without allowing another run to score. In all, Camargo threw six innings with two runs (one earned) given up on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts, a career high.
Everett would add one more in the ninth off Ems reliever Yapson Gomez, but Gomez finished strong and got his first save of the year after going three innings and giving up just one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Bethencourt finished 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, a single, and an RBI.
The Ems will play game three of the five game set on Monday at PK Park at 7:05pm for Good Karma Monday, where fans can name their own ticket price. Get your tickets online at emeraldsbaseball.com or calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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