Rickey Martinez Back, Joins Hillsboro Hops 6-0 Over Boise
Rickey Martinez came back to the lineup almost a week after injuring his foot in practice. Working on a three-game losing streak, the Hillsboro Hops welcomed him back to the head of the lineup. Going 3 for 3, Martinez helped lead the 6-0 victory over the Boise Hawks.
Rickey Martinez took a mighty swing and fouled the ball off of his foot during batting practice. The foul ball did what most opposing pitchers could not – slow Rickey down. Missing four games, Rickey, a strong competitor, itched to get back into the game. His first at bat proved his determination.
Without much patience, Rickey Martinez swung at his first pitch across the plate. The ball singled up the middle and Rickey was off to the races. After going to second on Jorge Barrosa’s ground out, Rickey stole third like he had the property deed in his back pocket. Then in quick fashion, Rickey dashed home on a throwing error from first baseman Tyler Plantier.
Second Inning Power Alley
The Hops took the lead off of Martinez’ score and never let go. In fact, in the next inning, the Hops pounded the lead even more. Eight batters went to the plate but the inning took a foreboding start with two quick outs. After that, Dominic Calzone and Joe Gillette reached base on back-to-back singles. Ryan January stepped up to the plate and pounded a line drive double down the right foul line to score two more runs. Ricky Martinez, fresh from his first inning score, singled home Ryan to make it 4-0 Hops. Jorge Barrosa followed with a double but no more runs crossed the plate — that inning.
The seventh saw the next batch of runs come home. A lead off walk and three consecutive singles scored two more runs for what would be the final score: 6-0. In all, the Hops swatted twelve hits against the Hawks five in a mismatch. The feeling was a relaxed breath of fresh air after getting the three game losing streak monkey off their backs.
Marcus Tineo Holds Court
Marcus Tineo (W, 5-2) took over for Conor Grammes, still on a short pitch count, and blanked the Hawks for four innings for the win. The pitching staff combined for seven strikeouts on the night. Liu Fuenmayor made his Hops debut covering the last two innings facing the minimum six batters. Fuenmayor came from the Missoula Osprey on a promotion. Micah Kaczor started for Boise and took the loss giving up Rickey Martinez’ first inning score.
The win helped the Hillsboro Hops (12-9) keep pace with the Eugene Emeralds in a first place tie in the Southern Division. However, with the loss, the Boise Hawks (9-12) remain in a tie with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for a third place.
Both teams return to Ron Tonkin Field Friday night for the third and final game. Consequently, the winner will take the series. Therefore, Will Etheridge (0-2) takes the mound for Boise. In his last appearance, Etheridge went four innings giving up no runs on two hits for the no decision. Likewise, Tyler Holton (2-0) will face Boise for the Hops. In Holton’s last appearance, he lasted five innings allowing no runs on one hit for the win.
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