Eugene sweep bid falls short

With a chance to get their first series sweep since September, 2008, The Eugene Emerlads' hot bats cooled off in a big way Saturday night as they fell to the Vancouver Canadians 3-5 in the final game of a three game home series.

The Ems came in tied with Vancouver for last place in the Northwest League West Division with a record of 27-33, but after Saturday night's defeat have fallen to 27-34, good for last place in the division.

The Ems jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when centerfielder Jason Codiroli, who has reached base safely in 30 consecutive games, scored on a Vince Belnome RBI double to centerfield and Belnome scored after first baseman Nate Freiman grounded out to second base. For the most part, that's when the Ems offense shut down for the evening. Canadians' starting pitcher Joselito Adames controlled the Ems, allowing just two hits and two runs in five innings of work. As a team, the Ems tallied just four hits the entire evening and didn't score again until the bottom of the seventh inning when Joey Railey hit a sacrifice fly ball to center that scored catcher Griffin Benedict, who led off the seventh inning with a double, from third.

"[We ] just couldn't get that big hit," said Ems second baseman Vince Belnome, who was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks. "We had guys on, we just couldn't make anything happen tonight."

Saturday night's game was a far cry from the Ems' 9-6 win over the Canadians Friday night, in which three different Ems had two runs batted in and the team had a total of 11 hits.

"That's baseball. What are you gonna do?" Belnome said.

The Canadians had five runs on nine hits and were able to score in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings.

Ems' starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (1-7) lasted four innings, giving up give hits, four runs one walk and striking out four batters. He was replaced by Tyson Bagley, who pitched three innings, allowing just three hits, one run and two walks, while striking out three batters.

"I thought both pitches [fastball and curveball] were working pretty good," Bagley said. "I left a fastball 0-and-2; I should have made a better pitch as far as pitch location. It should have been up, but I left it over the plate. That's what I'm upset about."

Although the bullpen didn't get any backing from the offense, Bagley was quick to stick up for the Ems' offense and said he wasn't discouraged by the lack of run support.

"I know my team is working hard," Bagley said. "They go out there and do everything they can do, just like I go out and do everything I can do. Obviously I'd like to go out and win the game, but that's baseball."

The Ems begin a three game away series with the Everett Aquasox, Sunday, August 23. They return to Eugene, Wednesday, August 26 for another three game home series with the Canadians.

As of August 22, the San Diego Padres assigned RHP Jorge Reyes, former Oregon State University standout, to Eugene. In the 2007 College World Series, Reyes was named the Most Outstanding Player as a freshman. He was drafted by the Padres in the 17th round in the 2009 First Year Player Draft.

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