2021 Eugene Emeralds Season In Review
Win streaks, walk-offs, a cycle and a title headlined a season that won't soon be forgotten in the Emerald Valley
Oh, what a season. The 2021 Minor League season was anything but ordinary in Eugene, but it was undoubtedly one to remember. Look back on all of the major moments on the diamond from a year that ended with another league title.
HIGH-A WEST CHAMPIONS:
Let’s start with the obvious:
Crazy Season Ends With Ems Championship
Eugene wins their third league title in five seasons, this time winning the first-ever High-A West Championship
The Eugene Emeralds returned home this weekend with some hardware after downing the Spokane Indians, three-games-to-one, to claim the High-A West Championship in the team’s first season playing at the High-A level and playing as a San Francisco Giants affiliate once more.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The series in Spokane started
Spokane Forces Game Four Despite Strong Outing From Teng
Spokane Forces Game Four Despite Strong Outing From Teng
The Eugene Emeralds (2-1) remain one win away from a High-A West title after the Spokane Indians (1-2) forced a Game Four thanks to a 6-1 win in Game Three of the High-A West Championship Series at Avista Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: Mitchell Kilkenny (1-0, 1.29 ERA): 7.0
Ems On Brink Of Title After Power Pitching, Clutch Hitting Headline Game Two Win
The Emeralds move one game away from winning the High-A West title after pulling through in a pitcher’s duel in Spokane
One. Win. Away. After an offensive explosion in Game One of the High-A West Championship Series, the Eugene Emeralds (2-0) leaned on power pitching in Game Two to take a 2-0 series advantage over the Spokane Indians (0-2) and move one win away from winning the High-A West title.
Emeralds Offense Explodes For Fifteen Runs To Power Game One Win
Eugene tallies five homers and twenty hits – highlighted by an eight-run first inning – to start the High-A West Championship Series on a resounding note
There was no doubt from the get-go in Game One of the High-A West Championship Series as the Eugene Emeralds (1-0) earned a dominant 15-7 win over the Spokane Indians (0-1) on Tuesday night at Avista Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: John Russell (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 2.0 IP |
High-A West Championship Series Preview
The Eugene Emeralds and Spokane Indians will face off in the first-ever High-A West Championship Series with the Ems aiming to win their third league title in five seasons
The matchup is set. The Eugene Emeralds (69-50) and Spokane Indians (67-49) will meet in the best-of-five High-A West Championship Series this week in Spokane, Washington.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: The High-A West Championship series will begin on Tuesday, September 20 at Avista Stadium. The schedule is as follows:
Eugene Earns Very Nice Win To Wrap Regular Season
The Emeralds will head into the postseason on the heels of a series win and three straight victories after downing the Dust Devils to wrap the regular season
The Eugene Emeralds (69-50) will head into the postseason after taking four-of-five against the Tri-City Dust Devils (43-68) thanks to a series-ending 8-4 win that wrapped the regular season.
- Winning Pitcher: Nick Morreale (2-0, 6.27 ERA): 1.0 IP | 3 H | 3 R | 3 ER
Pitching Staff Stacks Up Nineteen Strikeouts In Win
Five Emeralds pitchers combine to tie Eugene’s season-high in punch outs while Eugene clinches series win ahead of regular season finale
Nineteen strikeouts. NINETEEN. That… is a lot. The Eugene Emeralds (68-50) pitching staff put forth a dominant performance on Saturday night, blanking the Tri-City Dust Devils (43-67) by a final score of 5-0 at Gesa Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: John Russell (6-0, 4.01 ERA): 2.0 IP | 1
Labour’s Clutch Triple Pushes Ems Past Dust Devils In Pasco
Eugene wins their 22nd one-run game of the season in a come-from-behind effort that included a ten-strikeout performance from Jake Dahlberg
The Eugene Emeralds (67-50) bounced back with another trademark one-run win on Friday night, downing the Tri-City Dust Devils (43-66) by a final of 3-2 at Gesa Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: Ty Weber (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP | 0 H | 0 R | 1 BB |
Ems Can’t Capitalize On Teng’s Stellar Start
Kai-Wei Teng tallies double-digit strikeouts for the second straight outing but the Ems offense only musters one run
The Eugene Emeralds (66-50) couldn’t take advantage of another stellar outing from Kai-Wei Teng on Thursday night, falling to the Tri-City Dust Devils (43-65) by a final of 3-1 at Gesa Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: Dakota Donovan (1-0, 3.07 ERA): 2.0 IP | 2 H | 0 R
Championship Series Comes Into Focus
Breaking down what the upcoming High-A West Championship Series will look like and why the Ems will not host any postseason games in Eugene
There’s a lot to unpack here in the final week of the regular season; so, let’s do exactly that. We’ll take a look at what the current final series of the regular season looks like, what the playoffs look like, and where you can expect to see Emeralds postseason baseball.
Eugene Punches Ticket To Postseason
Eugene puts forth one of its most top-to-bottom dominant performances of the season, shutting out the Tri-City Dust Devils behind 18 strikeouts from six different Ems pitchers
The Eugene Emeralds (66-49) are headed to the High-A West Championship Series after blanking the Tri-City Dust Devils (42-65) by a final of 6-0 on Wednesday night at Gesa Stadium.
- Winning Pitcher: Blake Rivera (1-2, 8.18 ERA): 2.0 IP | 1 H | 0 R | 1
Teng Named High-A West Pitcher Of The Week
The talented Taiwanese hurler’s stellar strikeout night earns him the league’s weekly honor for the first time this season
Emeralds pitcher Kai-Wei Teng has been named the High-A West’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of September 6-12.
Teng is the eighth Emerald to receive a High-A West weekly honor this season, joining OF Ismael Munguia, LHP Jake Dahlberg, OF Heath Quinn, INF Tyler Fitzgerald, OF Franklin Labour,
Ems Split Doubleheader To Wrap Home Slate
Eugene gets a walk-off win in Game One but can’t finish off the series sweep in Game Two
The Eugene Emeralds (65-49) set up a chance for a five-game sweep but couldn’t complete it as the Ems and Everett AquaSox (61-52) split a doubleheader on Friday with the Ems winning, 2-1, in Game One before falling, 9-2, in Game Two.
GAME ONE DETAILS:
- Winning Pitcher: Conner Nurse
Teng Tantalizes Everett As Ems Down Frogs For Fifth Straight Win
The Taiwanese right-hander tallied a career-high 13 strikeouts as the Ems padded their slim lead atop the High-A West standings
It was another picture-perfect night at PK Park for the Eugene Emeralds (64-48) who won their fifth straight game, coming-from-behind to down the visiting Everett AquaSox (60-51) by a final of 4-1 in front of 2,200 fans on the season’s penultimate gameday.
- Winning Pitcher: Nick Avila (5-7,
Ems Mash Way To Another Big Win
Everyone in the lineup reached base at least once in a comfy win, Eugene’s fourth consecutive victory
The Eugene Emeralds (63-48) made it four-in-a-row on Wednesday night, handily defeating the Everett AquaSox (60-50) by a final of 11-5 at PK Park.
- Winning Pitcher: John Russell (5-0, 4.18 ERA): 3.0 IP | 3 H | 3 R | 2 ER | 0 BB | 2
Smith’s Two-Homer Night Paces Comeback Win
The Ems erase a five-run deficit behind power hitting and power pitching to earn a big win to start a big series
The Eugene Emeralds (62-48) started the final homestand of the season in electric fashion on Tuesday night, downing the Everett AquaSox (60-49) by a final of 9-6 at PK Park.
- Winning Pitcher: Solomon Bates (2-1, 4.59 ERA): 2.0 IP | 1 H | 0 R | 0
Ems No-Hit Hops After Lights Out Performance
The Ems and Hops play just one inning before the lights failed to kick on at The Tonk
Seth Corry was lights out in the first inning on Saturday night. He was so lights out, in fact, that the lights at Ron Tonkin Field quite literally stopped working as Saturday night’s game between the Eugene Emeralds (59-48) and the Hillsboro Hops (48-57) was postponed due to a light
Slide Continues In Another Sound Defeat
Eugene goes 1-for-11 with RISP while stranding 11 runners on the bases in another disheartening defeat
It felt like déjà vu all over again on Friday night as the Eugene Emeralds (59-48) yet again missed out on a chance to leapfrog the AquaSox in what was another loss to the Hillsboro Hops (48-57) by a final of 7-4 at Ron Tonkin Field.
Murphy Named High-A West Pitcher Of The Month
The Minor League strikeout leader becomes the second Emerald to win High-A West Player of the Month
Emeralds RHP Ryan Murphy has been named the High-A West’s Pitcher of the Month for the month of August.
Murphy, a fifth-round pick (114th overall) in the 2020 MLB Draft out of Le Moyne College (NY), was called up to the Ems on July 29 after going 4-2 in 15
Emeralds Can’t Get Out Of Own Way Once More
Errors and mental miscues once again cost Eugene in the team’s seventh loss in their last nine contests
The Eugene Emeralds (59-47) missed out on another chance to take sole possession of first place on Thursday night and in doing so fell out of the top two spots in the High-A West for the first time since late May as the Ems fell to the Hillsboro Hops (47-57)