EUGENE, OR - Getting 11 hits in their last two games combined, the Eugene Emeralds offense exploded for 12 against the Boise Hawks, stunning them 6-1 in front of 4,132 during Star Wars Night at PK Park.
It started thanks to three straight innings with a run for the Ems (11-12, 25-36) in the first three innings. D.J. Artis got things started in the bottom of the first, leading off the inning with a double on the first pitch he saw. After Grant Fennell moved Artis to third on a ground out Andy Weber drove a ball down the line that was caught, but deep enough to score Artis.
It was Nelson Velazquez that got things started in the second with one out, hitting an infield single to third baseman Jeff Bohling. After a stolen base put him at second and a ground out, Caleb Knight hit a ball right to Bohling, but he threw it away, allowing Velazquez to score and make it a 2-0 game.
The scoring barrage came to a brief halt after the third, when Boise (8-15, 29-32) finally got on the board with a Cole Anderson homer. The Ems countered with a run scoring single by Jonathan Sierra to make it 3-1.
Faustino Carrera (4-2) made sure it stayed that way, dominating the Hawks for six innings. He ran into trouble in the first when he walk a pair of batters, but quickly settled in and gave up just one run and hit, the homer to Cole, while striking out six.
It was the fourth time this season Carrera went six innings and the second he had at least six strikeouts.
Jose Albertos came in and gave up a single to Daniel Jipping before striking out Bohling, one of his three on the night, before walking Hidekel Gonzalez. Albertos was taken out in favor of Cam Sanders, who induced an inning ending double play from LeeMarcus Boyd.
Sanders then struck out the side in the eighth to complete his night of work, needing only to face four batters to get five outs.
Eugene then scored another trilogy of runs, this time all coming in the eighth and all with two out. Sierra got the hits rolling with a single, followed by Velazquez, Levi Jordan, and Knight all collecting singles as well.
Jordan got one RBI while Knight collected another, with the third run scoring on an error to make it a 6-1 game.
Ethan Roberts closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Ems will look to take the series tomorrow with Riley Thompson on the mound, while Boise will counter with Jeffri Ocando. Tickets are available online at emeraldsbaseball.com and at the Box Office.
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