Up 4-1 with just three innings to go, the Monarcas De Eugene looked like they were on their way toward their first three game win streak of the year. But a bad seventh inning led to four unanswered runs and Los Monarcas fell to the Hillsboro Lúpulos 6-4 in front of 2,353 at PK Park.
Starter Brailyn Marquez turned in a quality start for Los Monarcas (9-10, 23-34), going six innings (his longest outing since July 1), scattering five hits and giving up just one run on seven strikeouts.
The lone run came in the second inning when the Lúpulos (12-7, 36-21) right fielder William Gorman hit a towering shot over the right center field wall with two outs.
Los Monarcas struck back in the third off starter Matt Mercer. With one out catcher Erick Gonzalez singled into center before Fernando Kelli was hit by a pitch. Two pitches later, D.J. Artis hit a long fly ball that banged off the left field foul pole for his first homerun of his career to give Los Monarcas a 3-1 lead.
They would add one to that lead when Kelli pulled the first pitch he saw with two outs in the fifth over the left field wall for his second homer of the year.
Marquez gave way to All-Star Sean Barry in the seventh and things turned south for Los Monarcas. Keshawn Lynch walked to lead off the inning. A strikeout brought Dan Swain to the plate and though he hit the ball on the ground, it was thrown away. A Jake McCarthy single loaded the bases.
A mound visit settled Barry as he got Geraldo Perdomo to strikeout, but Andy Yerzy tripled to center, scoring all three runners and tying the game.
After a walk to Joey Rose, Barry threw a wild pitch, allowing Yerzy to score but Gonzalez got the ball quickly and threw Rose out at second. The Lúpulos added another run in the ninth when Rose singled with the bases loaded.
Barry (2-2) went one inning, giving up two walks, two strikeouts, two hits, and four unearned runs. Cam Sanders pitched a scoreless eighth while Yan De La Cruz gave up the run in the ninth.
The Ems will send Zach Mort to the mound while the Hops will counter with Jackson Goddard. It is Dog Day at PK Park, so bring the pooch into the gates for just $1 and enjoy the game. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office (open at noon) or online at emeraldsbaseball.com.
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