The Emeralds are making plans for a rare day off in the Northwest League.

First-round pick Nico Hoerner will spend Tuesday with his parents and sister who are visiting Eugene while general manager Allan Benavides scheduled a wine tour for the coaching staff.

Pitcher Jake Steffens has more simple plans.

“Hydrate, sleep, and get a good meal,” the reliever said after pitching a scoreless inning in Eugene’s 4-2 loss to Hillsboro in front of 4,056 Monday night at PK Park.

The Emeralds have played 24 of 25 days since the season started with 26 straight game days on the schedule beginning Wednesday when they bus to Spokane to begin a five-game series.

“Any time you get a blow in the middle of a stretch like this, it is always nice,” Eugene manager Steve Lerud said. “It helps to reset a bit and get back into it.”

Eugene (9-16) heads into the break having lost 13 of 17 games to fall eight games back of Hillsboro (17-8) in the South Division with 13 games left in the first half of the schedule.

After scoring four runs in the ninth inning for a dramatic 4-3 win over the Hops on Sunday, the Ems took a 2-0 lead in the series finale before Hillsboro’s bullpen threw eight scoreless innings.

Fernando Kelli was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the first inning and Luis Diaz sacrificed him to second. Kelli went to third on a wild pitch before Hoerner walked

Jonathan Sierra brought in Kelli on a ground out and Nelson Velazquez followed with a single that scored Hoerner.

Eugene starter Ryan Williams allowed two hits in four scoreless innings before Hillsboro went ahead with three runs in the fifth starting with a lead-off home run by Francis Martinez.

Ryan January was hit by a pitch before Tra Holmes singled him to third. Jorge Perez hit a sacrifice fly that scored January to tie the game 2-2.

Holmes stole second and reached third on a throwing error by catcher Jonathan Soto. Jose Caballero put down a bunt for a single that scored Holmes to give the Hops a lead.

The Hops added a run in the seventh when reliever Ethan Roberts hit Holmes to open the inning. Perez followed with a single that sent Holmes to third before he scored on a fielders choice by Caballero.

Goddard pitched only one inning before being relieved by Bryan Valdez, who allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings. West Tunnell threw 2 1/3 hitless innings before Ethan Larrison and Kyler Stout each tossed an inning to finish off the victory.

Eugene’s four hits were all singles, including two by Velazquez.

“The quality at-bats were not there,” Lerud said. “We have to do a better job grinding out at-bats. We had too much weak contact early in the count where we were just not competitive.”