For the second time in nine days, the Hillsboro Hops take a closely fought game into extra innings only to lose by multiple runs in the tenth, this time to the Boise Hawks, 7-4. Instead of a grand slam homer that crushed the Hops on the 17th, the Hawks scored three runs the old fashioned way to win the game: steady batting and smart base running taking opportunities where they may.
The Hawks tied the game in the ninth on an Antony Brito RBI single scoring Jacob Bosiokovic. Jason had reached base with a single and gained second on a throwing error by short stop Mark Karaviotis on the play.
That gave Boise some momentum heading into extra innings. The tenth showcased two singles, two doubles, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base by the Hawks. Luis Castro singled and took second on Garrett Hampson single. Both runners advanced on Willie Abreu’s sacrifice bunt to put them in scoring position. Wesley Jones stepped up to the plate and belted a double to left easily scoring the go ahead run along with one for insurance. Jacob Bosiokovic added another by doubling Jones home for the final score.
Hillsboro managed to take an early lead in the third with Luis Veras and Jason Morozowski’s back to back doubles. With the scored tied, Josh Anderson singled home Morozowski for the lead. The Hops added two more runs in the fifth to give them a 4-1 lead and a comfortable command. But, the Hops scored no more. By the time the bottom of the tenth came and down 7-3, the Hops were only able to muster two strike outs and a ground out. Tonight was not to be their night.
Anfernee Benitez started and lasted six sterling innings allowing one run on three hits and left the mound with a 4-1 lead. Riley Smith appeared in the seventh for relief and lasted only five batters with only one out coming when Antony Brito tried to stretch a double into a triple. Brito was gunned down by second baseman Manny Jefferson who relayed the throw from right fielder Stephen Smith. During his brief stay, Riley saw two singles, a double, a walk and a wild pitch.
Colin Poche and Tommy Eveld quickly came to the rescue and held the Hawks hitless through the eighth. Curtis Taylor came on in the ninth to try and earn the save. Instead, he allowed Jacob Bosiokovic to score on Antony Brito’s RBI single sending the game to the tenth.
Recent arrival Matt Pobereyko (L, 0-2) came to the mound in the tenth to try and hold on for his teammates to get the win. All his efforts earned him was the loss when he allowed three runs on four hits.
Jared Gesell (W, 1-0) was the Boise pitcher of record when the Hawks took the lead for good and got the win. Starter Kyle Cedotal was the starter and was chased after four innings allowing four runs on six hits though he did strike out four. Brandon Gold filled in admirably for three innings allowing no score on two hits. Justin Lawrence (S, 6) mowed down two Hops batters and got the third to ground out in the tenth for the save.
For the Hops, Luis Veras did about all a batter could do at the plate to help his team. Veras went 3 for 3 with two of his hits being doubles. He also scored twice and walked once. Jason Morozowski and Mark Karaviotis got the other two doubles for the Hops.
On the other hand, Hawks batters ripped the Hops for twelve hits with four of them doubles. Wesley Jones and Jacob Bosiokovic led the way. Jones with his two singles, a double, two scores and two RBIs. Bosiokovic with his single, double, two scores, an RBI and two walks. Antony Brito was close on their heels with his single, double and four RBIs.
The loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops (17-11) to two games behind Eugene while the win gained the Boise Hawks (13-15) a game on the Hops and are now only four games behind. Both teams meet again at 5:03 at Ron Tonkin Stadium for the second game of the series.