The win made Eugene manager Greg Riddoch the winningest skipper in Emeralds' history. His 236th win put him one victory ahead of his longtime friend Hugh Luby.
"(Luby) is baseball here in Eugene," said Riddoch. "I don't pay attention to records, but it is special because it was held by such a good friend."
Luby, who stabilized the Emeralds franchise, and kept the Northwest League in Eugene in the late-1950s and early-1960s as the clubs general manager, also had a fine record as its field general. Luby was 235-205 in four seasons, 1957-58, 1966 and 1974, guiding the Ems to the 1974 Northwest League championship during his final campaign. Luby also helped bring the Triple-A Pacific Coast League to the Willamette Valley in 1969 when the San Diego Padres PCL entry moved to the National League. Luby led a successful push to bring the PCL to Eugene and professional baseball to the then 31-year old Civic Stadium for the first time.
During his six plus seasons as Emeralds manager, Riddoch is now 236-209 from 1975-76, 1978-81. Riddoch, who began his NWL managerial career with the Seattle Rainiers in 1974, came to Eugene, along with the Cincinnati Reds affiliation the next season. The 1975 season has been fondly remembered around the area as the best in team history after the Riddoch led Emeralds reeled off 54 wins in winning just the third championship in franchise history. As Emeralds manager, Riddoch would win the 1978 South Division championship before losing the NWLCS to Grays Harbor before winning his second championship in 1980. After various stints in Major League Baseball including one as manager of the San Diego Padres from 1990-92, Riddoch returned to the NWL in 2005 and led the Spokane Indians to the championship despite a losing mark of 37-39. Riddoch is 318-287 as a Northwest League manager.
Kellen Kulbacki swatted his first professional homer in the third inning, hitting a solo shot to right-center off the scoreboard, breaking a light in the process. The hit was originally called a double before the umpires conferred and reversed the call. He also added an RBI ground out in his first at bat and doubled in the fifth. The outfielder has notched an RBI in three straight games and five of his last seven. His six-game streak with a base-on-balls was halted but he has reached base safely in eight straight to open the year, upping his on base percentage to .472.
Cory Luebke earned his first professional win, allowing three hits and striking out one over two scoreless innings of relief. The left-hander has not yielded a run over his first two outings. His last appearance out of the pen prior to the start of his pro career came in 2005 as an Ohio State freshman when he appeared in four games out of the pen.
Portland lost 7-6 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)
Frank Menechino reached base three times with a walk, a single, and a double. He also scored three runs but did ground into a double play. The infielder has three straight multi-hit games after netting one over his first 12 games with the Beavers. His three runs scored are one less than he had all year, although he has touched in three straight. Menechino has drawn more walks (7) than strikeouts (6). The double he notched was his first since notching three in one game on June 13.
Royce Huffman brought the Beavers within one with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth, one of three hits on the evening for the third baseman/outfielder, before Mike Sansoe grounded out to end the game. Huffman also singled in a run earlier in the game. Huffman, who had his 10-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, has upped his average from .208 on May 26 to .270. He has 44 hits in his last 125 at bats over his last 32 games, a .352 average.
San Antonio lost 4-3 to Wichita (Royals)
Manny Ayala got his first Double-A start and took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over five frames. The right-hander has allowed two earned or less in 15 of his 18 starts on the season over two leagues, but has lost two straight starts for the first time this season. Ayala failed to pitch through the sixth inning for just the sixth time this year – and the first time since May 23.
Bobby Basham made his first appearance in Double-A since his surgery, tossing an inning of scoreless ball while walking one. The right-hander had been pitching in extended spring training and made one start for the AZL Padres, working five innings and surrendering three runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Basham has a career record of 10-14 with a 4.43 ERA over 29 Double-A appearances, all starts, spanning three different seasons and two clubs. He had gone 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA over nine innings for Mobile last year before losing the year to injury.
Lake Elsinore lost 8-6 to San Jose (Giants)
Greg Burke notched the start on Monday and allowed one run on two hits and two walks over four solid innings. It was his first start since August 31, 2006 with the Fort Wayne Wizards. The right-hander made 17 starts last year, going 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA over 105 innings. He allowed 115 hits while walking 14 and striking out 77. Burke, who leads the California League in appearances with 39 – including Monday's start – posted a 2.66 ERA as a reliever and had given up two earned runs over his last 16.2 innings.
David Freese hit a bases loaded double and pushed his RBI total to five by smacking a two-run homer to left field with two outs in the ninth – before Kyle Blanks struck out to end the game. With three hits in five at bats he has upped his on base streak to 15 games. Freese is 17-for-54 with nine walks over the streak with 14 RBIs – including an RBI in six straight during one stretch. The third baseman has seven games with three RBIs or more.
Fort Wayne lost 9-5 to Dayton (Reds)
Ernesto Frieri suffered the loss (1-2), as he was on the hook for three runs on three hits and two walks over an inning and two-thirds while striking out three. The right-hander came into the game with three runs allowed over his previous 15 outings – spanning 25.2 innings. He had surrendered 15 hits while walking nine over that stretch. Frieri has held all but six of the 21 runners he has inherited from scoring.
Matt Handley was charged with two runs on one hit and a walk while striking out two in an inning of work. He kept one inherited runner from scoring and left the game with two men on base – both would score on a three-run homer Wilton Lopez allowed. The left-hander had yielded two runs on four hits and six walks over his first 10 appearances in Fort Wayne, spanning 12 innings. Handley has given up runs in four of his 20 outings over two leagues this season – sporting a 0.77 ERA in Lake Elsinore earlier this year.
Jesus Lopez went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored to .240 – the highest it has been since the fourth game of the year. The shortstop has a hit in 19 of his last 23 games. He has 25 hits in his last 69 at bats, a .362 average, to come up from .190 to its current state. Five of his last 10 hits have gone for extra bases after nine of his first 45 went for extras. Lopez is also the slickest fielding shortstop in the league with a .963 fielding percentage.
AZL Padres lost 9-8 to AZL Angels
Jacob Ociesa came into the game with one hit allowed in three innings of work. After working through his first inning, the left-hander hit a batter and walked the bases loaded. The next batter hit a grand slam and just like that his ERA ballooned to 8.31. The Phillies originally signed Ociesa in February before being released and signed by San Diego. The 23-year-old played college ball at Mississippi State and Murray State. He was slated to pitch for the South Georgia Peanuts in the independent South Coast League before signing as an undrafted free agent.
Zachary Brown didn't need a hit to knock in his first two runs of the game. Brown walked in a run in the second inning and grounded out to score a second. His single with two in scoring position upped his RBI total to four for the game. He matched his total over his first nine games over two leagues. Brown began the year with Eugene, cracking two homers on June 20. Since that time he is 3-for-26 – a .115 average over two leagues. Four of his eight RBIs on the year have come without the benefit of a hit.
Robert Perry upped his on base streak to nine games and his hitting streak to six with a 3-for-5 afternoon that included two doubles and an RBI. Seven of his last 10 hits have gone for extra bases. Perry has four straight multi-hit games and has scored a league-leading 13 runs, despite not touching home on Monday. Perry has an RBI in three straight and has reached base to leadoff the game in seven of his nine games – and sports a .700 on base percentage in the first inning.