Shipley slated for likely debut on the road

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jordan Parr rounds the bases after his second-inning, two-run home run for the Hillsboro Hops.HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Hops gave a Hillsboro Ballpark announced crowd of 4,710 a couple of major firsts on Monday night: a first game at the new stadium and the team's first win.

The Hops jumped on the winless Eugene Emeralds early and cruised to a 12-0 victory, raising their record to 1-3 as the Ems fell to 1-3

Third baseman Jordan Parr belted a two-run, line-drive home run to left field in the second inning to give Hillsboro a 3-0 lead.

Starter Jose Martinez (1-0), a promising prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, tossed five innings, allowing two hits and striking out four batters.

Eugene, which came into the game batting .156 and having totaled three runs in three games versus the Boise Hawks, managed three hits against a total of four Hops hurlers.

Hillsboro first baseman Wagner Mateo and left fielder Zach Esquerra each had two RBIs, and the Hops finished with 12 hits.

Hillsboro scored three runs in the third inning for a 6-0 lead, added a run in the fourth and then tallied three times in the fifth and twice in the sixth.

The three-game series continues with a 7 p.m. Tuesday game.

The Hops soon will have the services of Arizona's No. 1 draft pick of 2013 — pitcher Braden Shipley from Medford. Shipley announced on Twitter Sunday that he is heading to Hillsboro. The 6-3 right-hander out of the University of Nevada was the 15th overall pick in this year's major league draft. Shipley tweeted that he is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

The Mail Tribune in Medford reported that Shipley agreed to a base contract with a $2.25 million signing bonus.

Shipley was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA for Nevada as a junior in 2013. He struck out 102 batters in 107 1/3 innings and was named Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the year for the second consecutive season.

Shipley told the Mail Tribune that he was likely to pitch only one or two innings in his first start, and then increase his pitch count before hopefully moving up to Triple-A or Double-A.

His first start is likely to come on the road, as the Hops begin a week of away games on Thursday.

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