YAKIMA, Wash. - Keith Conlan's fluke two-run triple into the twilight night dropped in right field to tie the game in the seventh, setting him up to score the winning run on a wild pitch in a wild 8-7 win for the Eugene Emeralds over the Yakima Bears at Yakima County Stadium.
Conlan scored ahead of the throw of catcher Julio Para, sliding in with the winning run in a three-run seventh for the fifth and final lead change of the game.
The Emeralds took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout by Conlan. But the Bears stormed back with three in the first on a run scoring error and RBI singles by Mike Mee and Shane Byrne.
The Emeralds retook the lead in a four-run second on a three-run homerun by Justin Pickett and an RBI single by Justin Baum. The Bears too k the lead right back in the home half of the inning, though, on sacrifice fly by Clayton Conner, a two-out two-run double to center by Mee, and an RBI triple to center by Byrne.
Billy Spottiswood pitched two perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts. Bryant Thompson pitches Friday night for the Bears in the fourth of a five-game series at 7:05 p.m.