Ems Lose 6-3

EUGENE - The Hillsboro Hops beat the Ems on Saturday night in a game that saw one of the Diamondbacks’ top prospects, the affiliate parent of the Hops rebound, and one of the Padres’ continue to struggle.

Catcher Stryker Trahan, 20, a former first round draft pick that was hitting .198 in Low-A South Bend in the Midwest League after an unsuccessful move to the outfield didn’t take, blasted a home run and a double on his way to a 3-4 night and threw out a pair of baserunners behind the plate.

For the Ems shortstop Franchy Cordero, coming of a season where he was ranked the #3 prospect in Baseball America made two more errors to give him 30 for the season, and 48 if you include his month in Low-A Fort Wayne.

As many observers of the Ems games have noted, most of Cordero’s problems come when he tries to do too much. In the top of the ninth he made a fine play to get to Trahan’s hard hit groundball behind second base but then made a wild throw to first to advance the runner to second.

His next play is the one that should cause some concern.

With one out, a runner on a second and in a two run game, the Hops’ batter hit a grounder to shortstop with the runner breaking for third. Instead of taking the easy out to first and getting the second out of the inning, Cordero threw awkwardly to surprised Emerald’s third baseman Joey Epperson, who along with everyone else in the stadium assumed the play was at first, who then bobbled the ball to put runners at first and third with one out.

A stolen base, a wild pitch and then a ground ball single to center gave Hillsboro two more runs to put the game out of reach.

At the plate Cordero was 0-4 to go along with a big strikeout in the eighth inning with a pair of runners on second and third and Eugene down by two runs.

“We are just trying to keep him moving in a positive direction,” said Robbie Wine, the Emeralds’ manager on Cordero’s struggles on the field this year.

“There is really no substitution for plays that are made in the field. Franchy is moving in the right direction. We all know the errors are there, but he is taking an incredible amount of ground balls, and working on his throws every day to get better.”

On a positive note, outfielder Yale Rosen, an eleventh round pick out of Washington State, hit a towering home run to right field to cut the deficit to 6-3 and center fielder Auston Bousfield, a fifth round pick out of Ole Miss this year, continued his hot August to push his slash line to .317/.425/.545.

“A few weeks ago around the All-Star break where the guys got a few days off we started to see some more energy,” Wine said on the second half improvement of Bousfield and some of his other players.

“Coming out of college you are on that weekly mandatory off day - and a lot of them were only playing three games a week - they start to become adjusted to the pro game they are beginning to adjust to the everyday aspect of the pro game and getting into comfortable routines to help them do their best on the field.”

Emeralds’ Notes: Hillsboro has some fairly impressive coaches with Doug Drabek working with the pitchers and Mark Grace with the hitters. Also Rich Burk, the former Portland Beavers play-by-play man has the same position with the Hillsboro Hops.

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