Eugene, OR - A ground out, an error, and a sacrifice fly. That's how all three runs were scored as the Eugene Emeralds saw their 3-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to Spokane in front of 2,882 at PK Park.
Down 1-0 going into the top of the ninth,Spokane (26-31, 10-9) was lifeless all night against the Ems (30-27, 9-10) pitching staff. They found life and Brian Glowicki (1-3, 3.31 ERA) was the victim as they got a single and a walk with one out. An error on a Tyler Ratliff ball to third allowed the tying run to score and another walk loaded the bases.
Clayton Middleton took the first ball he saw and sent it deep to left, where Jose Gonzalez caught it, but did not throw home as the runner Chris Seise scored easily.
The Ems got the scoring started in the fourth after Brandon Hughes singled on to center. After a stolen base and a fly out moved him to third, Ramsey Romano grounded out and scored Hughes to make it a 1-0 game.
They had a chance to add to their lead in the eighth after Jhonny Bethencourt smacked a ball to deep right center for a one-out triple. He was stranded right there, however, after the next two batters struck out swinging. It stayed a 1-0 game until the ninth thanks to strong pitching.
Alex Lange started for the Ems and pitched masterfully, allowing just one batter to reach base over three innings of work. He struck out five and gave up just one hit before giving way to Jesus Camargo.
Camargo was even better, going five innings of one hit ball while striking out four.
The final game of the series will be on Tuesday at 7:05pm for Elvis Night. Tickets are available online at emeraldsbaseball.com or by calling the box office at 541-342-5367. Box office hours at 12pm-end of the 7th inning.
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