Ems inch closerto playoffs with victory.
Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard
KEIZER - The Eugene Emeralds did their part to make the playoffs, and now they need Hillsboro to help out.
Eugene defeated Salem-Keizer 12-4 Friday night to improve to 38-36 overall with two games left in the regular season.
Will Remillard was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs for the Ems, and Jared Young, Austin Filiere, Gustavo Polanco, and Jhonny Bethencourt each had two hits.
In the other South Division game on Friday, Boise defeated Hillsboro 3-2, allowing the Hawks to keep pace with the Ems for the division's second playoff spot.
The Ems will clinch a playoff spot if the Hops can defeat Boise in one of the final two games, but the Hawks would edge Eugene for the postseason if they beat Hillsboro on each of the next two nights.
Boise and Eugene are tied for second place in the South Division second half standings at 17-19, one game behind Hillsboro (18-18). Boise would clinch the second-half title if it wins the next two against Hillsboro because it has the tiebreaker over Eugene, but the Hops would clinch at least a tie for the second half title with one more victory.
If Eugene ties Hillsboro for the second-half title, the Ems hold the tiebreaker over the Hops.
Hillsboro won the first half, and if it sweeps both halves, the South team with the second-best overall record would face the Hops in the first round of the playoffs.
Boise is 36-38, so another loss would guarantee that the Ems finish ahead of the Hawks in the overall standings and clinch a playoff spot.
Salem-Keizer took a 2-0 lead, but the Ems scored five runs in the third inning, when Michael Cruz drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, Remillard hit a three-run double and Polanco singled home Remillard.
Salem-Keizer scored twice in the third to get within 5-4.
Eugene took control of the game in the seventh inning. Remillard hit a two-run double, Cruz scored on a wild pitch and Polanco drove in Remillard with a ground out. Brandon Hughes doubled in a run and scored on a single by Young to put the Ems ahead 11-4.
Bethencourt tripled in the eighth and scored on a single by Polanco.
Eugene starter Javier Assad allowed four earned runs in five innings to get the victory.
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|Title Annotation:||Ems Baseball; Will Remillard drives in five runs, and Eugene uses two big innings for a 12-4 win|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Sep 2, 2017|
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