Eugene loses heartbreaker
Matt Lollis
Matt Lollis
MadFriars.com
Posted Jun 20, 2010
John Conniff


Eugene, OR: Despite six strong innings by 6-foot-9 monster Matt Lollis, the Emeralds were unable to hold onto a tight 1-0 lead, as the Vancouver Canadians scratched across two runs in their final at-bat to win 2-1 in the San Diego affiliates’ second game at PK Park on the University of Oregon campus.

The bright spot of the game for the Padres’ organization was Matt Lollis who pitched six scoreless innings with four strikeouts and one walk.

“I was a little amped up for the first game and the stadium energy helped me out quite a bit,” said Lollis. “I mainly threw about 90 percent fastballs because yesterday we noticed they were having some problems with it in. I also threw some off-speed stuff, but mainly it was fastballs.”

Lollis was drafted in the 15th-round of the 2009 draft and was considered one of the bigger sleeper’s in the draft last year.

“I really worked on commanding my fastball in extended, especially down and away which opens up a lot of pitches for me,” said Lollis.

Shortstop Tyler Stubblefield broke open a scoreless game in the sixth with a two-out home run over the left field wall.

In the top of the seventh, Deiber Sanchez came on to relieve Lollis and promptly walked the first two batters and had the bases loaded with one out. He was able to get a weak fly ball to the second baseman and got the final out on a grounder to second to get out of the inning unscathed.

In the top of the ninth the Canadians led off the frame with a single to right. Relief pitcher Matt Jackson appeared to be on the verge of escaping the inning by getting the next two batters to ground out to the second baseman. However, first baseman Chris Affinito doubled to right field to tie the game.

He was then brought home on a bouncing single up the middle and scored when catcher Rocky Gale dropped the ball on a close play at home.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jedd Gyorko hit his second double of the night to left field. But pinch runner Houston Slemp was stranded as Wes Cunningham rolled out to second base to end the game.

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