Emeralds win circus affair

Eugene, OR: It would seem as if the circus was in town at PK Park instead of a baseball game. The game was filled with miscues and inconsistent pitching. There were four errors in the game and a total of 11 free passes. There were also two balks and a handful of wild pitches. If there was a given oddity in the game of baseball it probably took place Saturday night in the Emeralds 7-6 victory.

One quote summed up the game. "That's a thing of beauty, that's a work of art right there," manager Pat Murphy said.

It looked to be a repeat of last night as the Emeralds gave up a run in the second without giving up a hit. With one out, the Bears took back-to-back free passes from starting pitcher Juan Herrera. A wild pitch would move the runners to second and third. Catcher Steven Rodriguez pushed the Bears first run across on a fielder's choice to the second baseman. Herrera would get out of the jam striking out Justin Hilt.

The Emeralds looked to respond in their bottom half after they were able to load the bases with one out. They answered back after Catcher Jeremy Rodriguez took a fastball to the leg and they would pile on two more after a Jorge Minyety base hit. The Emeralds ended the second inning up by a score of 3-2.

The Emeralds gave the Bears four runs in the top of third after a triple capped a rally that was started on two walks and two errors. The Emeralds through three innings of play had given up more runs than hits.

"The beauty of our club is we do them in a row (errors)," Murphy said. "We don't wait to spread them out. We let the fans enjoy them all in one inning."

In the bottom of the fifth, the Emeralds would scratch away at the lead after a Lee Orr ground out brought in a run. They were not done, as they were able to score three more runs with two outs. Kyle Gaedele brought in a run on a base hit that squeaked through the right side and Zach Kometani hit an absolute bomb over the right center wall that brought in two.

The big inning would not have come without Mykal Stokes stealing second and taking away the double play that would of come on Orr's ground out.

"That's what we have to do," Murphy said. "The little things that go unnoticed, the game within the game, the inside game. He steals second they don't turn two and we hit a homerun."

The Bears would get back within one after a Danny Pulfer sacrifice fly. The run could have been dodged, but yet again the Emeralds defense let them down after an error allowed the runner to advance to third on the play before.

Murphy joked after the game about how his team played defense the last two nights, but it is the only way to handle it. The feel around the club is don't sulk about it. It happened and they move on to the next game.

Reliever Jeremy Gigliotti was able to preserve the 7-6 win for the Emeralds after throwing the final inning and a third. Emeralds moved to 19-4 and Jeremy Gigliotti picked up his first save of the year. Cody Hebner in his first appearance of the year pick up his first win.

"The pitchers battled all night and I think that is what got us the win," Gaedele said.

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