New-look Emeralds blanked by Boise in opener
EUGENE, OR - The Emeralds offense struggled all night mustering just four hits against four Boise pitchers. Eugene starter, Erik Cabrera pitched through leadoff doubles in each of the first two innings but couldn't escape a 5-run third inning.
It all started with a leadoff single from the number nine hitter David Bote that started a string of five straight Hawks to reach base. All told in the 3rd, Cabrera allowed four singles, a HBP, a walk and the big hit an RBI double from RF Kevin Encarnacion. Cabrera lasted just 2.2 innings allowing six hits and five runs although he did strike out six Hawks hitters.
James Pugliese kept the Ems off balance for five innings by allowing just three hits and striking out seven to pick up the win. Eugene could not take advantage of a pair of hit batsmen in the 3rd inning. Cade Kreuter had a chance in the 4th with a runner on third and two down but a line drive up the middle was knocked down by Pugliese who made the play to end the threat. Three Boise relievers combined to close out the final four innings giving up just one hit and one walk.
Franmil Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Ems offensively going 2-4 with a single and a double.
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 4,265. The Ems will take on the Boise Hawks Saturday night in game 2 of this 3 game series starting at 7:05pm.