Eugene blows big lead in loss

Eugene, OR-- Eugene jumped out to big leads twice, but they were unable to hang on Sunday afternoon at Civic Stadium. Despite trailing 8-2 and 9-4 the Spokane Indians never gave up and posted their third straight victory.

"They say you can never score enough runs, and we certainly were the victim of that today," said Kellen Kulbacki of the Ems failure to win the game. "We were kind of coasting along those last few innings when we needed to be scoring runs."

Spokane completed their comeback in the eighth, getting the go-ahead run and then padding their new lead in the ninth. Mitch Moreland's clutch two-out RBI chopper up the middle gave the Indians the lead for good in the eighth. Tim Rodriguez provided the Indians all the runs they would need in the ninth. His bases clearing two-RBI double gave the Indians a three-run cushion.

Jose Jaimes worked the final three innings without allowing a run and was credited with the win. His record improves to 2-1.

Spokane climbed back in the game in the seventh as they put up a five spot. Moreland delivered a big two-run single and the Ems changed pitchers, but Ian Gac continued the assault with a double off the wall. By the time the Ems doubled-off Kenny Smith to end the inning, five runs had scored and the game was tied at 9-9.

The Indians jumped on top with a run in the first, but the Ems got it back and more in their half. The Emeralds scored five runs all with two outs. Mitch Canham started the rally with a solo homerun to right and Kulbacki kept it alive with a double. Robbie Blauer singled home Kulbacki and the Indians had a chance to get out of the inning but a misplayed groundball allowed Felix Carrasco to come to the plate. Carrasco worked the count and singled Blauer home. Andrew Parrino followed with a two-RBI double that caromed off the wall in left.

The Ems got after Spokane starter Jacob Brigham again in the fifth. A solo homerun by Jonathan Greene had the Indians within two runs, but the Ems were able to extend their lead shortly thereafter. Brian Chalk and Mitch Canham singled to set the table for Kellen Kulbacki. Kulbacki picked up his third hit, a two-RBI triple that ricocheted around the chairs in the Emeralds bullpen. Blauer knocked him in with a sacrifice fly and the Ems lead the Indians 8-2 after five.

Parrino came across to score the Ems ninth run. He got on to leadoff the sixth and Luis Durango singled him home. At the time the Ems looked as if they were poised to win, leading 9-4, but it went downhill from there.

The Indians clawed closer in the sixth doing all their damage with two down. Steve Marquardt hit a long double to right that scored Gac from first. An error by Lance Zawadzki kept the inning alive and Marquardt scored on the next pitch when Victor Barrios grounded it up the middle for an infield hit.

Kullbacki finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs.

"Today I was focusing more on making solid contact, not trying to do too much with it and just putting solid swings on the ball," said Kulbacki.

It was a rough night for Eugene pitching. They combined to allow twelve runs on fourteen hits, but they were not helped by the three errors their defense made. Jackson Quezada took the loss, but the Indians did most of their damage off Chris Perez who gave up six runs (four earned) and four hits in one inning.

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