Eugene can't convert on chances

Eugene, OR-- The Eugene Emeralds hit the ball hard all night, but they rarely fell for hits and the Ems lost 5-3 Saturday night. A lack of timely offense and another late defensive miscue cost the Ems, as they lost for the second night in a row. The Spokane Indians won their third game in the last four nights and took the lead in the season series five games to four.

"It's extremely frustrating," said Robbie Blauer who was one of several Ems hitting the ball hard but not seeing the results. "We hit balls hard all over the yard tonight, but we are just going to come out here and try to do the same thing tomorrow and hopefully they will fall."

The Ems held the lead most of the way, but losing pitcher Rey Garramone ran into trouble in the seventh.

The Indians tied the game on a somewhat bizarre play and then took the lead. Steve Marquardt walked and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Luke Salas singled and Marquardt held at third but Eugene third baseman Felix Carrasco cut the throw off and had Salas hung out to dry rounding first. While that pickle occurred between first and second, Marquardt broke for home and Andy Parrino threw wildly allowing Marquardt to score and Salas to reach second. A groundout to third inched the Ems closer to getting out of the inning, but Matthew Lawson hit a two-out bloop single over first base and Salas scored easily to give Spokane a 4-3 lead.

Spokane's Mitch Moreland provided the Indians with some insurance, belting a solo homerun in the eighth. Tommy Hunter picked up the six-out save working both the eighth and ninth without surrendering a run or a hit. Daniel Sattler recorded the win to improve to 1-1. He did not yield a run in two innings.

For the second straight night, the Ems jumped to an early lead thanks to a two-out rally. Lance Zawadzki started the rally with a walk. Fan favorite Mitch Canham drove him in with an opposite field blast off the wall. Blauer added another two-out single that scored Canham and the Ems had an early 2-0 lead.

The Indians fought back in the second with an RBI-double by Ian Gac. Moreland walked and then scored from first on Gac's double that hit the wall on the fly. The Indians threatened to push more runs across with runners on the corners, but Carrasco, a new addition, made a backhanded stop and nice throw to end the inning.

Spokane evened the score in the fifth, but the Emeralds got it back in their turn at the plate. Luis Durango opened the frame with a bloop single and he moved up a base on a passed ball. One of the newest Ems Brad Chalk did a great job hitting the ball to the right side with two strikes and Zawadzki singled in Durango with a ever-so soft blooper over the head of a drawn in Spokane infield. After five, it was Ems 3 and Indians 2.

Emeralds starter Corey Kluber was solid overall. He worked five innings, allowed two earned runs, and scattered five hits. Robert Woodard gave up the solo shot in the eighth and Rey Garramone allowed two runs on two hits in two innings of work.

The Ems had some chances, namely in the third and seventh innings. In the third, the first two batters reached, but the Ems failed to capitalize. Durango and Chalk both singled but Zawadzki struck out and then Durango was doubled off attempting to steal third on a hit-and-run. In the seventh, Durango was on second with one out, but Chalk grounded out and Zawadzki struck out looking.

"That's just baseball sometimes you are going to be unlucky," said Blauer of the fact that the Ems made several nice plays, but allowed the Indians to take the lead on a fairly routine play that was not made.


- Kellen Kulbacki had a beautiful outfield assist. He threw out an Indian trying to go first to third on a single to right. His strong arm ended the Indians third inning.

- Carrasco noted more for his power hitting than his defense showed a nice glove in his debut. Unofficially he recorded four putouts and none were easy plays.

- Mitch Canham routinely stays on the field after the game until every kid who wants his autograph has it.

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