Eugene Emeralds Offense Sputters As Lead Slips Away

The Emeralds are held to just three hits

HILLSBORO – The Eugene Emeralds (49-36) saw a potential series-opening win slip away late as the Hillsboro Hops (40-44) hung around long enough to ultimately earn a walk-off win by a final of 3-2 at Ron Tonkin Field.

The Emeralds may have only tallied three hits all evening long, but they tallied two of those hits in the second inning to help them jump out to a 2-0 lead. Sean Roby led off the second by scalding a double to deep center field, and two batters later Franklin Labour lifted off with a laser to left, a two-run homer that was Labour’s twelfth tater of the season and put the Emeralds in front first on Tuesday, 2-0.

That two-run lead was trimmed to one in the fifth when Eduardo Diaz launched a solo homer to straight away center field, his eleventh homer of the season to set a new franchise record for the Hillsboro Hops.

Eugene’s lead was erased in the seventh, but it wasn’t without some controversy and some self-induced frustration.

With two outs and runners at first and second, Emeralds reliever Jasier Herrera appeared to fire what should have been a clear called third strike to thereby end the inning. However, the strike call was not granted to Herrera, and adding insult to injury both Hops runners advanced ninety feet on the play on stolen bases attempts as Emeralds catcher Ricardo Genovés seemed to be surprised by the no-call.

That proved pivotal later in the at-bat as Hillsboro’s Andy Yerzy, who was at the plate for the entirety of this ordeal, eventually struck out swinging, but the ball got past Genovés and trickled all the way to the backstop to allow Leodany Perez to score and tie the game at 2-2 due to weird and less-than-ideal circumstances.

In the ninth, the Hops loaded the bases after the ninth hitter in the lineup Leodany Perez drew a five-pitch walk, leadoff man Jorge Barrosa singled to put runners on the corners, and Eduardo Diaz was intentionally walked to create the force at home.

Andy Yerzy fittingly followed, but he grounded into a fielder’s choice that saw Emeralds second baseman Tyler Fitzgerald field the grounder and fire home for the force out.

However, with the bases still loaded in the ensuing at-bat, Tristin English skied a fly ball to center that was just deep enough to score Jorge Barrosa and give the Hops a walk-off win.

The Eugene Emeralds and Hillsboro Hops continue their six-game series on Wednesday at Ron Tonkin Field. First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


  • Franklin Labour – CF: Labour was one of the very few offensive bright spots for the Emeralds on Tuesday, driving in both Eugene runs on what was his twelfth homer of the season.
  • Kai-Wei Teng – RHP: The Taiwanese right-hander fired another strong outing on Tuesday, going 5.2 innings with five hits, one run, one earned run, two walks and nine strikeouts.

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  • Winning Pitcher: Mailon Arroyo (2-1, 4.11 ERA): 0.1 IP | 0 H | 0 R | 0 BB | 0 K
  • Losing Pitcher: Taylor Rashi (6-3, 4.42 ERA): 1.2 IP | 1 H | 1 R | 1 ER | 3 BB | 1 K
  • Save: N/A
  • HR(s): Eugene: Labour (12) | Hillsboro: Diaz (11)