Eugene, OR - Despite scoring five runs on just three hits, the Emeralds could not keep up with the Vancouver offense and they pounded out 12 hits in 7-5 victory in game one of the Championship Series in front 1,387 at PK Park on Saturday.
The scoring started early in the game for both teams as each scored in the second inning. Vancouver (3-0) got on the board first after Kacy Clemens singled to lead-off. A groundball out by Riley Adams moved Clemens to second before Brock Lundquist singled to center, scoring Clemens and giving Ems (2-1) starter Keegan Thompson his first runs given up in three outings.
After another single, Thompson rebounded and got a double play to end the threat and the inning.
Eugene answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Will Remillard singled to lead-off. A wild pitch moved him to second before Jhonny Bethencourt hit a ball to center that was caught, but deep enough to move Remillard to third. A ground out with the infield pulled back by Gustavo Polanco tied the game at 1-1.
It was more of the same in the third, as the Canadians' Chavez Young led the inning off with a homer to right. Thompson once again settled and got out of the inning with no further damage.
The Ems responded by hanging a three spot on Vancouver starter Juan Nunez. Chris Singleton walked to start the inning before being retired on a Zach Davis fielder's choice. Davis would get all the way to third after Jared Young walked and Austin Filiere was hit by a pitch. A soft line-drive by Michael Cruz scored Davis and Young while giving the Ems a 3-2 lead.
Graham Spraker replaced Nunez, who lasted just 2.1 innings with three walks and four runs on two hits. With Filiere on third after the Cruz single, Remillard drove a ball to right field for a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-2 game.
The third turned out to be Thompson's last inning of work as he went three innings with two runs on four hits and three strikeouts. Enrique De Los Rios (0-1, 20.25) pitched in the fourth unscathed, minus a two-out double, but struggled in the fifth.
Back-to-back singles by Deiferson Barreto and Chavez started the innings and a balk moved them to third and second. A groundball scored Barreto and a Norberto Obeso single scored Chavez and tie the game 4-4
Another single, this one by Logan Warmoth, moved Obseo to third before an error on a stolen base put Warmoth on second. Kacy Clemens then singled and scored both runners to give the Canadians a 6-4 lead they would not relinquish.
De Los Rios was replaced after the single, going 1.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, with one strikeout. Elvis Diaz came in and got out of the inning without allowing a run.
The Ems got one run closer in the bottom of the inning Davis walked, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Vancouver got the run back in the seventh after an error allowed Clemens to reach second. A Riley Adams single scored Clemens to make it a 7-5 game.
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