As American as baseball, fireworks and bigfoot

As American as baseball, fireworks and bigfoot
The Hillsboro Hops third baseman attempts to stetch to tag out Eugene Emeralds catcher Miguel Del Castillo (#5) at third.

EUGENE, Ore. - The standing-room only crowd at PK Park came for a show - and they got one.

There were two broken bats, several double plays, a two-run homer, an appearance by Sasquatch and a post-game fireworks display.

Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Eugene Emeralds lost the last game of the three-game series against the Hillsboro Hops, 5-2.

The Hops scored first and early, with runs in the second and fourth innings. Then Hops Tyler Linton knocked the ball over the wall in center field to drive in two more runs in the sixth inning.

The Ems answered with runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but it was not enough to take back control of the game.

The Hops sealed their victory with score by Perez-Ramos in the ninth, apparently not being intimidated by the appearance of Sasquatch in the outfield or impressed with Squatch’s rally dance.

With the loss to the Hops the Ems drop to a season record of 7 wins against 12 losses.

Unlike the previous two games in the series, game three was played in pleasant weather. The scorching hot air earlier in the week had cooled significantly, and most of the sell-out crowd at the 4,000-seat stadium stayed to enjoy a fireworks show sponsored by the Ems.

The Emeralds travel to Spokane to finish out the week and return to PK Park on July 10.