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It's FREE baseball giveaway night Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.
(EUGENE, Ore. ) - Eugene walked off with the 5-4 win via a E.J. Eincinosa wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night in front of 2,765 inside PK Park.
Joey Epperson lead off the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk by Dusten Knight, followed by a sacrifice bunt by River Stephens that put the runner at second base.
Encinosa came into relieve Knight, and forced a ground ball from Auston Bousfield that placed Epperson at third base with two outs in the frame.
The wild pitch secured the first series win for the Eugene Emeralds since the final series of the 2012 season when the Volcanoes were under the direction of former manager Tom Trebelhorn.
The Volcanoes, after leaping out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the second inning, were silenced by the Emeralds bullpen. Salem-Keizer managed just three hits and struck out 14 times from the third inning on.
Christian Arroyo's three-run home run three batters into the top of the first frame gave the Volcanoes an early advantage. It was the shortstop's fifth jack of the season.
Salem-Keizer added a run in the second inning as T Relaford walked with two outs and was doubled in by Seth Harrison.
Against Volcanoes starter, Eugene climbed back in with a tally in the home half of the third inning. Catcher Jose Ruiz doubled to begin the inning and was scored on a ground ball from Stephens.
The Emeralds tied the game with a three-run bottom of the fifth inning via four straight base reaches and three singles plus an error.
Miller turned in another quality start, going seven innings allowing four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Harrison finished 2-for-4 with his fifth double of the season. Arroyo now as 38 RBI in his last 38 games.
Up Next: The Volcanoes start the final home stand of the 2014 regular season against the Boise Hawks on Saturday night from Volcanoes Stadium.
It's FREE baseball giveaway night at Volcanoes Stadium, with the first hundreds of fans getting free Volcanoes logo baseballs while supplies. See Volcanoes for more details. Salem-Keizer will send out starter Keury Mella (0-0, 0.00 - 3rd start on rehab from Augusta) against Boise Hawks starer Erick Leal (4-2, 4.76).
Source: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
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