EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Emeralds walked away with a 3-2 win during Thursday’s opener of a five-game series with Spokane.
Indians reliever Chris Matlock (0-3) issued three walks in the ninth inning, including a one-out RBI walk to Christopher Tremblay, as the Emeralds took the Northwest League baseball game at Civic Stadium.
The outcome left both teams with 8-12 records.
Matlock, who replaced Justin King, began the ninth by walking Nathan Freiman. Jason Hagerty doubled to right field to move Freiman to third base, and Jason Codiroli walked to load the bases.
Matlock struck out Matt Vern before Tremblay drew a walk to end the game.
Spokane had tied the game at 2 in the seventh on Alberto Puello’s RBI groundout. Jared Prince singled with one out, moved to third on Tommy Mendonca’s single, and scored on Puello’s grounder.
Eugene struck first off Spokane starter Braden Tullis. Bo Davis led off the first with a double to center and scored on Vincent Belnome’s one-out single to center. Tullis struck out Codiroli with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Indians tied the game in the third off Nicholas Greenwood. Kyle Rhoad led off with a bunt single, moved to third on Daniel Lima’s single to right, and scored on Cody Podraza’s sacrifice fly to right.
The Emeralds took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Kyle O’Campo replaced Tullis. O’Campo hit the first batter he faced, Tremblay. Davis bunted Tremblay to second base, and Chadd Hartman followed with an RBI single to right.
David Erickson (1-2) earned the win with a scoreless ninth, but the Indians had the bases loaded with one out after a hit by pitch, single and walk. Erickson escaped by coaxing Lima into a 5-2-3 double play.