Ryan Murphy and Emeralds pitchers combine for 19 strikeouts in 5-0 win | Sports
Saturday’s penultimate regular season game was a launching showcase for the Eugene Emeralds. Ryan Murphy, who has burst onto the radar as one of the Giants’ top prospects this season, led the way as the team beat the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-0. They took a 3-1 lead in the series and tied for first place before the final day of the regular season.
The Emeralds hit first on an Ismael Munguia RBI brace in the third inning. Murphy kept them in control from the start, pitching four near-perfect innings. He only allowed one baserunner – a single – while taking out eight.
Emeralds manager Dennis Pelfrey chose to take Murphy out after just 59 shots, presumably in an effort to get a bunch of weapons in the game as the season draws to a close.
Murphy’s regular season ended with 31 1/3 innings as Emerald under his belt. He allowed just five total earned runs (1.44 ERA) and 13 hits while striking out 48. For the season, he posted a 2.52 ERA in 107 1/3 innings with 164 strikeouts. batting.
John Russell picked up where Murphy left off, throwing two scoreless frames. The offense added some breathing space in the sixth with Tyler Fitzgerald’s two-run homerun, followed by two more in the seventh on Armani Smith’s two-run single.
The Emeralds pitchers continued to roll, as Travis Perry and Taylor Rashi each pulled the side in their respective sleeves. 25-year-old right-hander Jesus Tona made his Emeralds debut in the ninth and also pitched a scoreless inning, setting the course for another easy win.
In total, Eugene’s pitchers combined for 19 absurd strikeouts.
The win puts the Emeralds tied for first place with just one regular season game to play. They will finish that final series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before starting the High-A West Championship series next Tuesday.