T'jacks win in 11th inning as Kuehl gets tossed
EUGENE The Southern Oregon Timberjacks' habit of staging late-gamecomebacks is beginning to making an old man out of manager John Kuehl, buton Wednesday night Kuehl was spared from watching his ballclub have to scramblefrom behind one more time.
The Timberjacks rallied from a 4-2 seventh-inning deficit to claim an8-5 Northwest League victory over the Eugene Emeralds in a game that requiredfour hours and 11 innings to complete. It marked the ninth time this seasonthat Southern Oregon has charged back in the late innings to steal a victory.
Kuehl, however, was ousted from the Timberjacks' dugout in the sixthinning after getting into an argument with the homeplate umpire. Kuehl feltthat Eugene's Al Castro had stepped out of the batter's box just prior toslashing a double in the sixth inning. He made his feelings known and wasshown the exit.
But the Timberjacks persevered without their skipper. They nearly wonthe game in regulation but couldn't hold a 5-4 lead in the ninth as closerJared Jensen surrendered three hits including an RBI single to Brent Piercethat tied the contest and sent it into extra innings.
Southern Oregon finally broke through in the 11th on doubles by AdamRobinson and Javier Flores and a single by Hipolito Martinez that producedthree runs.
Despite his troubles, Jensen pitched two innings and picked up his firstvictory of the season.
Martinez and Flores each had four hits for Southern Oregon.
With the victory, Southern Oregon (34-27) remained one game behind Portlandin the South Division of the Northwest League.
The Timberjacks open a five-game series at Yakima beginning tonight.