Ems Wild Weekend
The Eugene Emeralds took two of three games over the weekend against Spokane including a wild one Saturday night from Avista Stadium. A series of questionable calls and no-calls from the umpiring crew had both dugouts fuming. The Ems led 4-1 after 1 and a half innings and Spokane came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Then a series of three homers in the top of the third gave the Ems a 6 run lead. The Indians over the next 6 innings battled back into the game and in the bottom of the ninth a steal to second base brought Ems manager Dennis Pelfrey out of the dugout after the Spokane runner was ruled safe. Pelfrey was quickly ejected as was the Ems pitcher Austin Reich. The Ems saved the game with a final strikeout. 10-9
Last night the controversy died down as the Ems got 5 runs in the first inning after a couple of base hits and then three walks. A line drive single from Nolan Dempsey drove in the next two runs. The game eventually went into extra innings as the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. A couple of wild pitches set up two runs in the top of the 10th that wound up being the winning runs as the Indians ran out of juice in the bottom of the inning final score 11-9 Ems. The Ems are still 4 ½ games back of the Everett Aqua Sox.