EUGENE – Andruw Monasterio doubled home the tying run in the seventh and scored on Spokane’s third wild pitch of the night as the Emeralds rallied for a 5-4 Northwest League victory on Saturday night.
Two errors and a wild pitch helped the Emeralds score their other three runs as Eugene (6-3) moved into first in the South while Spokane (4-5) is last in the North.
Leading 4-3, the Indians, with runners at first and second and one out in the seventh, appeared to have added a run on a force play. However, Eugene manager Jesus Feliciano argued for runner’s interference at second and the home-plate umpire reversed the initial call for the third out.
The Indians overcame a 3-1 deficit in the sixth. Chad Smith singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Carlos Garay’s single. Xavier Turner walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error on Charles Leblanc’s ground ball.
Eugene made it 3-1 in the the fifth after Monasterio singled, went to third on an errant pickoff throw by starter Nick Green and scored on a single.
Todd McDonald reached on a two-out throwing error and scored on Brallan Perez’s sacrifice fly for Spokane’s first run in the fifth.
Eugene went up 2-0 in the fourth, scoring on Green’s throwing error and wild pitch. Three Indians pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, eight by Green, who made both Spokane errors and threw two wild pitches. Kevin Lenik (0-1) took the loss.