EUGENE, ORE – Tayron Gurrero pitched four shutout innings of relief to earn the win and Hunter Renfroe was 3-5 with a two-run home run as the Eugene Emeralds cruised to their second straight 8-0 victory over the Everett AquaSox before a crowd of 2,788 at PK Park. Jake Zokan took the loss in his first start with the AquaSox, as the Frogs were held to just five hits.
Entering Saturday with just a one-game lead over the Vancouver Canadians in the North Division, the AquaSox never had a chance in this one. The Emeralds put up three runs in the second inning and added another in the third against Zokan (1-1), who was making his first start for the Frogs since being promoted from Pulaski.
After recording three strikeouts in the first, the Emeralds put together a big inning against Zokan in the second. Eugene loaded the bases on singles by Fernando Perez and Chase Jensen, and a walk issued to Ryan Miller. With one out, Marcus Davis doubled to left, clearing the bases and giving the Emeralds a 3-0 lead. Eugene added a run in the third when a single by Perez brought home Renfroe.
Down 4-0 early, the ‘Sox bats could not respond against Gurrero (1-0). Entering in relief of starter Jeffrey Enloe to start the third, Gurrero worked four innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Genison Reyes and Josh Richardson combined to work the last three innings and complete the shutout.
Eugene got another run in the fifth off left-hander Nate Koneski, who was making his AquaSox debut following his call-up from Pulaski. Trae Santos doubled with one out and scored on Miller’s sac fly to right to make it 5-0. The Emeralds scored an unearned run off Min-Sih Chen in the sixth pushed lead to six.
Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft by the Padres, capped the scoring with his first professional home run in the bottom of the eighth, a two-run blast to center field off Nick Valenza. The Emeralds had 13 hits as a team Saturday.
The Frogs’ pitching staff continued to struggle in July, as Everett’s team ERA in July ballooned to 4.84. Zokan worked 3.0 innings, surrendering four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked one. Offensively, on a night when most of the Frogs’ bats were quiet, Bryan Brito and Reggie Lawson were the lone bright spots as each turned in two-hit games.
The AquaSox fell to 19-10, but managed to hold on to their narrow lead in the division as Vancouver lost 5-4 to Boise on Saturday. Eugene improved to 11-18 and trail Salem-Keizer by eight games in the South Division race. The Frogs will attempt to salvage the final game of the five-game series Sunday. First pitch is at 5:05 PM. Pat Dillon’s live broadcast will be available on 1380 AM KRKO and online. Lars Huijer (3-1, 2.83) will go for the AquaSox and Bryan Verbitsky (0-2, 2.14) will get the start for Eugene. The AquaSox return home Monday to begin a critical first half series with the Vancouver Canadians. An AquaSox loss combined with a Vancouver win on Sunday means the two teams would enter their series tied for the North Division lead with just a week to play in the first half. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
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