Hops lose game, share of lead
EUGENE 5, Hillsboro 2
Hillsboro (20-13) now trails Salem-Keizer (21-12) by one game in the Single-A Northwest League South Division first-half race.
The Volcanoes defeated the visiting Boise Hawks 7-2 on Wednesday.
The Hops have two more games at Eugene, then will play host the Emeralds for three games (Saturday through Monday) to close out the first half.
Salem-Keizer hosts the Hawks for two more games, then travels to Boise for three games at Memorial Stadium.
Eugene and Hillsboro were scoreless Wednesday night before 5,178 fans at PK Park until the fourth inning. Hops starting pitcher Marcos Tineo allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base.
After a clutch double play on Grayson Byrd, Tineo needed one out to keep the game tied. A defensive lapse, however, cost him a run.
Eugene base runner Jake Slaughter scored from second on a wild pitch and throwing error by catcher Nick Dalesandro.
In the seventh, the Hops took the lead. Center fielder Jorge Barrosa drew his second walk of the game and second baseman Steven Leyton hit his fourth home run of the season to make the score 2-1.
That advantage didn't hold long, though, as the Emeralds plated three runs off reliever Justin Garcia on Edmond Americaan's bases-loaded triple.
Garcia (0-1) allowed a run for just the second time in 11 outings this season. The right-hander previously had a 1.15 ERA in 15.1 innings.
The Emeralds added a fifth run in the eighth to bring the score to its final.
Dalesandro led the Hops with two hits. In his last three games, the catcher is 5 for 10 with one run scored and four RBIs.
The Hops and Emeralds will play Game 2 of the series at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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