Emeralds roll to 17-6 victory
BOISE, Idaho - Justin Miller and Donovan Tate each had four hits, pacing a 20-hit Eugene attack, as the Emeralds rolled to a 17-6 victory over the Boise Hawks, before 2,746 fans at Memorial Stadium.
The Ems joined Tri-City and Salem-Keizer as teams with 20 hits this season, with the 17 runs scored a season-high, evening the series up at a game apiece.
Miller doubled home Jace Peterson in the first inning, starting a string of four-straight hits by the visitors, as Eugene built a 4-0 lead after one. Travis Whitmore lined an RBI triple in the second to push the lead to 5-0, followed by a Tate RBI single to make it 6-0. Whitmore would knock in a pair a the third to make it 9-0, with a Kyle Gaedele two-run homer in the fourth making it 12-0.
Paul Hoilman went 3-for-5 for the Hawks in the loss, including his league-leading 12th homer of the season, launched over the scoreboard in left in the sixth, cutting the Eugene lead to 15-3. Lee Orr capped the Ems scoring with his fifth homer of the season in the seventh, a two-run shot.
Miller went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and Tate went 4-for-5 with three RBI in the win, while Whitmore knocked in five. Reggie Golden and Oliver Zapata each had two hits and an RBI for Boise.
Game 3 of the series is tomorrow night, with Willengton Cruz meeting James Needy at 7:15 p.m.
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