Return home does the Ems some good.
Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard
The Eugene Emeralds were just happy to get out of Spokane.
After dropping all four games in their season-opening series against the Indians, the Emeralds finally got a win with a 5-2 victory over Boise in front of 3,508 who showed up for the home opener at PK Park Wednesday night.
"It was really nice to be home," new manager Robbie Wine said. "Nice crowd, nice facility, just nice to be home. Now we can go back and get a good night's rest for the first time in seven or eight days."
Eugene led for just four innings during its four losses in Spokane, but never trailed on Wednesday.
"We have a lot of returning guys, but a lot of new guys too so it's hard to start out on the road, especially in Spokane because they have a great atmosphere," first baseman Marcus Davis said. "It's always good to get a win."
Davis capped Eugene's highest scoring game of the season with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, his second of the season.
"I just put a good swing on a mistake," Davis said. "I worked the count back to 2-2 and got a pitch over the plate. Right now, I feel good at the plate."
Felipe Blanco added three hits for the Emeralds, and first-round draft pick Trea Turner had a hit, scored a run and stole the first three bases of his pro career.
"It's nice to have the speed of Turner at the top of the lineup," Wine said. "He makes things happen."
Eugene starter Adrian De Horta kept the Hawks scoreless through three innings, and the Ems took a 3-0 lead.
"De Horta gave us a shot, he went out and put up some zeroes for us," Wine said. "He gave our offense a chance to relax a little and that's what hadn't happened yet. We were playing from behind every game, but today De Horta gave us a chance."
Eugene (1-4) scored in the bottom of the second after Jalen Goree was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Blanco hit a ground-rule double with two outs.
Turner then hit a grounder to third that went under the glove of Jesse Hodges for an error and scored Del Castillo.
The Ems added two more runs in the third when Nick Schulz walked and went to third on a single by Yale Rosen, who advanced to second on an error. Schulz scored on a wild pitch before Del Castillo singled in Rosen to put Eugene ahead 3-0.
Boise got a run in the fourth and knocked De Horta out of the game. David Bote scored on a single by Hodges. De Horta then walked Zak Blair before Tony Wieber got the final out of the inning.
The Ems added two runs in the fifth after Turner walked and stole second and third base before scoring on a wild pitch. Davis added his solo homer to put Eugene ahead 5-1.
Notes: Yimmy Brasoban (0-1, 9.00 ERA) starts tonight for Eugene while Boise counters with Tyler Ihrig.
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|Title Annotation:||Ems Baseball; Eugene breaks its season-opening four-game losing streak by topping Boise|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jun 19, 2014|
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