Hillsboro, OR (August 27th, 2023) – The Hops and Emeralds met for the 24th and final time on Sunday at Ron Tonkin Field. A series that has been one-sided in 2023, saw the Hops split the final series. After a 11-2 win yesterday, the Hops took the finale 7-1. Spencer
Hillsboro, OR (August 27th, 2023) – The Hops and Emeralds met for the 24th and final time on Sunday at Ron Tonkin Field. A series that has been one-sided in 2023, saw the Hops split the final series. After a 11-2 win yesterday, the Hops took the finale 7-1. Spencer Giesting struck out eight over six innings of work, including taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Andrew Pintar had a pair of doubles for the second straight game, as the Hops beat the Emeralds 7-1.
It was a battle of southpaws on the mound, as Hayden Wynja and Spencer Giesting squared off for the second time in the series. Both teams were retired in order in the first inning, before the Hops opened the scoring in the second. Christian Cerda walked and then advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Andrew Pintar had an RBI groundout, getting the Hops on the board without a hit in the inning.
Spencer Giesting cruised through the fourth inning, preserving the Hops’ 1-0 lead. Gino Groover nearly missed a home run to leadoff the fourth, instead, settling for his first High-A triple. Andrew Pintar continued his hot hitting with another extra-base hit, a double that scored Groover. Manuel Peña then poked a single through the right side with two outs, extending the lead to 3-0.
For the second inning in the game, Hillsboro scored a run without a hit. In the fifth, they scored two runs after a pair of walks, three stolen bases and a wild pitch.
Spencer Giesting took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with the Hops leading 5-0. Giesting had only allowed one base runner, a second inning walk to Andrew Kachel. Giesting struck out Damon Dues to start the inning, but then a push bunt up the first base line by Brett Auerbach broke up the no-no. The Emeralds would get three singles in the inning, but only score one run as Giesting struck out Kachel looking to end the bases-loaded threat.
The Hops got two more runs in the seventh, when Christian Cerda had a two-out, two-RBI single.
Zach Barnes, Eli Saul and Logan Clayton each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, in the 7-1 Hillsboro win.
The Hops will head north of the boarder to face the Vancouver Canadians in a six-game series at Nat Bailey Stadium. The first game will be on Tuesday at 7:05, with first pitch at 6:50 on Rip City Radio 620.