Hillsboro, OR ---- The Hillsboro Hops (8-25) ended their second series of the year against the Boise Hawks (17-16) on the wrong note on Wednesday, as they lost 5-1. It is the third time the Hops have been swept in a three game series this year.
Hops' starting pitcher Ben Eckels (1-5) received the loss as he threw five complete innings and allowed three Boise runs, only one of them being earned. He allowed two hits and struck out five, but two walks, two passed balls and a hit batter mixed with a single from Hawks' shortstop Carlos Penalver in the top of the second inning resulted in three Boise. Eckels ended with five walks total.
The score would remain 3-0 Boise until the Hops scraped across one run in the bottom of the fourth. After a leadoff double from Yogey Perez-Ramos, Jordan Parr moved him to third on an infield single, and Randy McCurry hit a deep sac fly to center field to score what would be the only run the Hops would score.
The Hawks added on two more runs in the top of the ninth on a throwing error from left fielder Jordan Parr, as well as a Shawon Dunston Jr. single through the left side of the infield.
The Hops have now lost six games in a row dating back to July 12 when they lost 6-4 to the Tri-City Dust Devils. That ties the longest losing streak of the season for the team, as they lost six in a row starting on June 27 and lasting until July 3.
Hillsboro starts their five-game stand against the Spokane Indians tomorrow at Hillsboro Ballpark. It will be the first time the two teams have met the entire year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Be sure to catch Rich Burk and Matt Richert call the live action on Fox Sports 620 AM. Pre-game starts at 6:35.