Hillsboro Hops Blanked by Eugene Emeralds, 2-0, in Season Opener
The Hillsboro Hops managed only five hits in their season opener played in Eugene on a warm 70 degree night under clear skies. Despite outhitting their foes 5-4, The Hops fell to the Eugene Emeralds 2-0.
Offense Spread Out
The Hops spread their hits over four innings, managing to bunch only two singles together in the third. Third baseman Ricky Martinez led off the inning with a single up the middle. Moments later, Ricky was caught stealing in an effort to reach scoring position. If Ricky had been successful, he would have more than likely scored two At Bats later with first baseman Andy Yerzy’s poke to left field. In addition, shortstop Steve Leyton singled to right field in the first inning while left fielder Jesus Marriaga singled to left in the final inning. Andy added his second single in the sixth for the Hops only multi-hit performance of the night.
The scoring came early for the Emeralds in the second off of the Ems right fielder Edmond Americaan’s double, easily scoring catcher Jonathan Soto from second. First baseman Jake Slaughter opened the inning with a lead-off double and scoring off of starting pitcher Luis Frias balk after moving to third on Soto’s single.
Luis Frias Shows Promise
Despite the shaky second inning, Hop’s starting pitcher Luis Frias (L, 0-1) pitched four quality innings while striking out eight Emeralds in the process and walking zero batters. However, the fifth inning pitched (in the second) handed him the loss for the night. Erin Baldwin stepped in for the last three innings frustrating the home team Ems with no hits or scores.
The Emeralds sent four pitchers to the mound including Carlos Vega (W, 1-0) for the win. Ivan Medina (S, 1) pitched the ninth to earn the save. The hurling staff combined for ten strike-outs on the night.
After the Hillsboro Hops season opener dust settled, the Eugene Emeralds (1-0) find themselves in a first place tie with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. One game back, The Hillsboro Hops (0-1) are tied with the Boise Hawks. The teams remain in Eugene for the last two games of the three game series. Starting pitchers have yet to be determined for Saturday night.
The Hillsboro Hops Season Opener Over the Years
Season openers for the Hops have been a mixed bag over the years. The franchise started with a three game losing streak from 2013-2015. They followed that with a three game winning streak from 2016-2018. Their record now stands at 3-4 with a loss this year. Fans can take heart in that their Hops have also made it to the playoffs for the last six years. That ties a record for the league. The Hops can break it and own the record by themselves with another trip to the playoffs this year.
2013 – lost to Salem Keizer 3-2
2014 – lost to Everett 4-3
2015 – lost to Spokane 6-5
2016 – beat Salem-Keizer 6-5
2017 – beat Everett 10-3
2018 – beat Everett 5-2
2019 – lost to Eugene 2-0
The Hillsboro Hops are looking for host families. If you live within ten miles of the stadium and have an extra bedroom and bathroom, you can enjoy the Hops season by sharing your home with a young player. If you are interested or would like to know more information, please contact Casey Sawyer at 503-640-7266 or checkout the team’s website.
You can check out more information about this year’s Hops in my first article of the season. Read quotes from returnees Andy Yerzy and Trevor McKenna along with new Hops Ricky Martinez and Nick Grande. During the season, stay tuned for more interviews and quotes from the players. Also, be sure to follow me for Twittercasts of the home games throughout the season. I’ll be providing half inning updates along with notable plays. @GDStoker
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