Eugene, OR - After giving up 17 runs in the first two games against the Boise Hawks, the Ems pitching was strong and they used just two pitchers for their second shutout of the year in a 6-0 victory in front of 1,397 at PK Park.
Coming into the game, Bailey Clark (2-4, 3.83 ERA) had a 7.94 coming into the game against the Hawks (31-33, 12-14) but had the best game of his pro career.
Clark worked five innings and worked around a runner on base in every inning except for the first after giving up three walks and three hits, with the worst threat coming in the third when the Hawks had runners on second and third with one out. Clark got Bret Boswell to pop out in foul territory to Ramsey Romano before Danny Edgeworth flew out to Jose Gonzalez.
Eugene (32-32, 11-15) gave Clark all the run support he would need early in the first inning when Jhonny Bethencourt singled to score Zach Davis and Miguel Amaya singled home Bethencourt, making it 2-0.
They would add to the lead in the third when, after singling with one out, Bethencourt scored on a wild pitch after a Gustavo Polanco single with two outs. Bethencourt scored his third run of the night when Austin Filiere drove him in with a single in the fifth.
A Gonzalez double brought home Polanco and Amaya and finished off the Ems, making it a 6-0 game.
Boise found no relief in the Ems bullpen after Clark left as Rollie Lacy, an 11th round pick this year and just called up from the AZL Cubs, hurled four shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four.
The finale of the four game-series will be Tuesday at 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased at emeraldsbaseball.com or by calling the box office at 541-342-5367.
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