EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Emeralds first baseman Trae Santos turned to his teammate and said, “Time to put on the rally glasses.” He reached up and flipped his sunglasses upside down and slipped them onto the bill of his hat.
It was a nice look, but it didn’t help.
After leading late in the game, the Ems lost the last of the five-game series to the Everett AquaSox.
“It’s always frustrating," Emeralds manager Jim Gabella said. "When you have a three-run lead in the seventh inning, you expect to win the game. So it’s frustrating when you don’t. That’s kind of been our MO. The last probably 12 losses that we’ve had, I’m going to say in 10 of them we’ve had the lead in the seventh inning and we couldn’t pull it out. So that is a little bit frustrating.”
Coming off a three-game winning streak against the best team in the league, the Ems were not able to come through with a win to finish the series. The Ems led the game 4-1 through the sixth inning, but in the top of the seventh the Emeralds pitcher Coby Cowgill walked two batters and beaned another to load the bases. Cowgill was pulled and replaced by Michael Kelly. Kelly would strike out one, but the EquaSox would score three runs by then end of the inning.
Everett would score once more in the top of the ninth to take the lead and would win the game 5-4.
Despite the loss, Gabella remains positive about his team. “We’re swinging the bat good. Our pitching has been good, it broke down a little bit there in the later part of the game, but we’re still doing a lot of good things. And when you win three out of five against the first place team over there, the best team in the league, there are a lot of positives. Unfortunately we didn’t take this game, but tomorrow’s another day.”
Gabella said at this level of play, it is not unexpected to see players make minor mistakes. “That’s what this stuff is all about. That’s what baseball is all about. If they did it perfect, they wouldn’t be here. They’d be at a much higher level.”
The Emeralds will take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. in the first of a three-game series in Salem.