Despite an early lead, the Ems could not hold on and for the third straight game a big inning bit Eugene as they fell 7-2 to the Boise Hawks in front of 2,000 at PK Park.
Things started off promising for the Ems (5-6) when they took a lead for the first time all series with two quick runs in the first. Fernando Kelli walked to lead off the inning before stealing second in front of Kwang-Min Kwon. Kwon picked up his first RBI of the year with a single to right and extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Kwon then stole second and third before Gustavo Polanco struck out, leaving Jonathan Sierra to pick his teammate up and hit a grounder to the second baseman Kennard McDowell to score Kwon. It was Sierra's team leading sixth RBI and gave the Ems a 2-0 lead.
The bats fell silent after that for the Ems against the Hawks (6-5) starter Pearson McMahan (1-0), as they could muster just three more hits throughout the rest of the game.
Ems starter Jose Albertos (0-2) looked shaky to start in the first inning, walking Terrin Vavra to lead off the game before a strikeout sandwiched between a stolen base and a wild pitch got Vavra to third with one out.
Albertos struck out Cade Harris before falling behind Luis Castro and threw another wild pitch. Vavra took off for home, but the catcher Polanco recovered and flipped to Albertos covering the plate. Albertos placed the tag on Vavra and ended the inning.
A 1-2-3 second inning on seven pitches seemed to settle Albertos down, but he could not make it out of the third inning. He walked Greg Jones to start the inning and then struck out Aubrey McCarty, but the ball got by Polanco and McCarty got safely to first. Albertos then issued back-to-back walks to Cole Anderson and Vavra, scoring Jones making it a 2-1 game.
A double play scored McCarty to tie the game. Albertos then threw another wild pitch to score Anderson and give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. A single by Harris was bobbled in the outfield got him to second before a single and a Castro single scored Harris ended Alberos' night. Castro would score by stealing home, closing the book on Albertos and make it a 5-2 ballgame.
The Ems starter went 2.2 innings, giving up just two hits to go with five runs, three earned, four walks and three strikeouts.
The Hawks added two more runs off reliever Luis Aquino in the seventh on a pair of doubles and a single to give Boise a 7-2 lead.
The Ems hit the road starting Tuesday and face the South Division leader Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for a three game set. The Ems will send Eury Ramos to the mound while the Volcanoes will counter with Gregory Santos.
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