Hillsboro Hops Given Taste of Own Medicine by Hawks, 6-3
This time, it was the Hops given a taste of their own medicine by the Boise Hawks, 6-3. Instead of the Hillsboro Hops jumping out from the starting gate, it was the Hawks who took a 6-0 lead before the visitors could reach the scoreboard.
Hawks Strike First
Ezequial Tovar singled home Bladimir Restituyo in the second to draw first blood. Later in the inning, Tovar came home on a wild pitch from the Hops’ Wilfry Cruz for a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Restituyo sent a sacrifice fly to right and brought home Joe Aeilts from third.
Scoring settled down until an eruption from the home team spewed in the fifth. Another wild pitch, this time from Hops’ Franklyn Soriano, allowed Isaac Collins to score from third. Aeilts followed with a sacrifice bunt from Restituyo. Finally, Yorvis Torrealba doubled home Aaron Schunk. After the fifth inning settled into the scorebook, the Hawks scored more runs in half a game (6) than they had in the previous two games total (4).
It was then that Justin Garcia entered the game and took the mound, the Hops given a chance to breath. Garcia was able to hold the home team Hawks scoreless and hitless for the rest of the game. Justin gave his teammates almost four innings to catch up.
Hops Given One More Chance
Coincidentally, the Hops bats woke up and started reducing the deficit. Nick Grande’s two RBI single brought home Nick Dalesandro and Andy Yerzy to get on the board in the sixth. Next inning, Yerzy scored again in the seventh. This time, on his own homer sent to left field. The Hops cut their deficit in half, 6-3.
But, Will Tribucher came to the mound for Boise in the eighth. Tribucher, like Garcia before him, silenced his opponents keeping them scoreless, though allowing one hit, a single, to Ricky Martinez. Jacob Wallace took the ninth keeping the Hops scoreless but allowing a hit to Yerzy. Hawks pitching shut down the Hops from any further catching up.
2019 second round pick Ryne Nelson made his Hops debut to start the game. Kept on a short pitch count, Nelson pitched the first inning allowing one hit, no score and struck out one batter. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Oregon. The former Duck follows five other alumni who have played for the Hops since 2013.
Wilfry Cruz (L, 2-1) took over in the second for the Hops and went three innings for the loss. Jeffri Ocando started for the Hawks and earned his first win of the season. Will Tribucher (H, 2) stopped the Hops for the hold and Jacob Wallace (S, 4) earned the save.
For the Hops, the bats spoke loud with two doubles by Nick Dalesandro and Jesus Marriaga along with the homer by Andy Yerzy. But, it wasn’t enough to catch up after a slow start.
The loss kept the Hillsboro Hops (18-11) one game behind the Southern Division leading Salem-Keizer Volcanoes who also lost tonight. The win drew the Boise Hawks (14-15) to within four games of the Hops. The Hops take the three game series 2-1.
Hillsboro will travel home to start a three game series against their division leader, S-K Volcanoes with the division lead up for grabs. Deyni Olivero (3-1) will take the mound for the Hops. In his last appearance on Monday, Olivero went 6.1 innings giving up one run on three hits for his first loss of the season. Salem Keizer have yet to name their starter.
Boise will remain home to host the Eugene Emeralds in the other Southern Division match up.
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