Yale Rosen is no stranger to Gesa Stadium, having played at Pasco’s signature ballpark in the last two Cougar Classics.
Rosen, a former Washington State star and current Eugene Emerald, brought that knowledge with him Tuesday during the Ems’ 8-7 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils in front of 1,619 fans at Gesa Stadium.
The 6-foot-2 outfielder had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs to help push Eugene (5-6) into second place in the South Division, 11⁄2 games behind first place Hillsboro (7-5).
The teams had 13 hits apiece, but none were bigger than Chase Jensen’s three-run home run with no outs in the top of the sixth to break a 5-all tie. He put a good swing on an 0-1 pitch from Dylan Thompson, a 31st-round draft pick out of UNC Greensboro who relieved Grahamm Wiest after 41⁄3 innings.
Thompson (1-1) took the loss, giving up 5 earned runs in just 11⁄3 innings. Wiest, a 14th-round pick out of CSU-Fullerton, allowed three runs on eight hits over 41⁄3 frames.
Sam Bumpers, a 22nd-rounder out of Lamar, continued his big season for Tri-City, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs. After Jairo Rosario broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth with an RBI single to center, Bumpers sliced a two-out, two run triple down the right field line to put the Dust Devils up 5-2.
But Rosen, who had already driven in a run with a second-inning double to center, came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and lined a ball into the left-center field gap to empty the bags and tie the score.
Yimmi Brasoban (1-1) picked up the win for Eugene, allowing five earned runs over five innings with six strikeouts. Bryan Verbitsky picked up his second save of the year with two scoreless innings.
The Dust Devils (5-7) were the only team in the North Division to lose Tuesday, falling 51⁄2 games behind Spokane (10-1) and two games behind Vancouver (7-5).
Bumpers was one of four Tri-City hitters to record two hits, joining Richard Prigatano, Rosario and Rodney Polonia. Eugene also had four players with two hits apiece — Jensen, Nick Schulz, Rosen and Jose Ruiz.
Notes: Former Dust Devils INF Rosell Herrera was named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures game on July 13 at Target Field. Herrera, who hit .284, drove in and scored 30 runs for Tri-City in 2012, will play for the International team. Seattle Mariners farmhand D.J. Peterson, the M’s first-round pick in 2013, will play for the U.S. roster. ... Marco Gonzales, a first-round pick by St. Louis last season, will also compete in the Futures game, but he got some bigger news Tuesday. The former Gonzaga lefty will make his MLB debut today against the Rockies at Coors Field.