Bailey Clark, Michael Cruz Dominate Hops

By Eugene Emeralds | July 30, 2017 7:54 PM

Eugene, OR - Another big fly by Michael Cruz got the Emeralds off on the right foot and Bailey Clark picked up his first win of the season, keeping the Hops down all day as the Ems won going away 9-1, taking the series in front of 2,126 at PK Park.

Cruz, entering the day with a .444 average over his last five games, added his fifth homer of the year with two-outs on a grand slam in the first inning, giving him 16 RBI on the year, 10 in the last five days, and the Ems (4-3, 26-20) a 4-0 lead.

That was more than enough for Clark (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who entered with a 5.28 ERA, as he shut down the Hops (4-3, 26-19) over five innings of work and earned his first win of the season. He gave up just three hits and an unearned run while walking four and striking out three.

Aramis Ademan also continued his hot streak, singling in the second and scoring a pair to make it a 6-0. The two RBI gave Ademan 27 on year to lead the team.

The Ems added three more runs in the fourth on the strength of back-to-back-to-back doubles by Chris Carrier, Jose Gonzalez, and Jhonny Bethencourt to start the inning, scoring Carrier and Gonzalez. An Austin Filiere single drove in Bethencourt and made it a 9-0.

The Hops added an unearned run after the bases were loaded with two outs and a throwing error allowed Ryan Dobson to score to make it 9-1, but that was as close as they would get.

Ben Hecht relieved Clark and struck out the side in a perfect inning of work. Andry Rondon and Casey Ryan each worked hitless innings in the seventh and eighth while Brian Glowicki struck out the side in the ninth. Ems pitching did not give up a hit after the fourth inning.

The next home game for the Ems come on Aug. 11 for American Hero Night against the Spokane Indians. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 541-342-5367.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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