Eugene got yet another great performance out of lefty Brandon Alger. The 26th round selection from the Indiana Institute of Technology has now started his professional career with 20 shutout innings. Tonight it was three more allowing just one hit and striking out five Canadians.
The Emeralds got on the scoreboard first scoring two in the 3rd. Chris Burke and Chris O'Dowd ledoff with singles before being moved over to 2nd and 3rd by a sacrifice bunt from Ronnie Richardson. Burke would score on a wild pitch and O'Dowd made it 2-0 when Corey Adamson hit an RBI single to left.
Alger was pulled for right-hander Will Scott to start the 4th inning. Scott would allow a base-runner in the 4th and 5th but allow nothing else. However, in the 6th a leadoff walk to Ian Parmley, who leads the NWL in base on balls, came back to hurt the Ems. Scott got the next two men but back to back singles from Balbino Fuenmayor and Matt Newman made the score 2-1. Matt Shepherd would come out of the bullpen to get the final out of the 6th.
Eugene would add another run in the bottom of the 6th after loading the bases with a walk to Jeremy Baltz, a double from Goose Kallunki and an intentional pass issued to River Stevens. Alberth Martinez grounded into what could have been an inning-ending double play but he beat out the back end to pick up an RBI instead.
The Ems led it 3-1 into the 9th inning when Roman Madrid picked up his 8th save of the season and his 5th in the last eight games. The Ems took the series three game series 2-1 and picked up a game in the western division standings as Everett lost 11-4 in Salem. Eugene has 6 games left in the first half to try and erase a 3.5 game deficit (Everett has 5 games remaining).
The Emeralds will welcome in the Boise Hawks for five games starting Thursday Night at PK Park, first pitch at 7:05pm.