Pasco, WA: It was a tale of two games for the Boise Hawks on Saturday night.
Boise completed Friday's game vs the Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium with a 7-5 win. Friday featured a game that was paused after 3 1/2 innings because of low visibility and haze. They were able to survive a five run fourth inning by the Dust Devils and won the game 7-5.
Ethan Westphal shut the door in game one with three perfect innings of relief to close it out. Westphal struck out three batters and did not allow a hit or run in three frames. He kept Tri-City hitters guessing and picked up the save. Alec Byrd earned the win after throwing three innings to start Saturday's win. He is now 2-0 on the season.
In game two, the Hawks couldn't get anything started against Tri-City pitching. Game two was not interrupted by haze, but the Hawks could not match their game one effort. Their only run came in the 7th inning on a Luis Castro RBI single.
The Dust Devils had a big 5th inning that featured four runs and a managerial ejection. Hawks manager Scott Little was tossed by base umpire Mitchell Wilson after arguing a bang-bang play at 2nd base in which Luis Almanzar was ruled safe although Bret Boswell caught the ball and made the tag.
After that, Boise could not get starter Ryan Luna out of the inning after an error was made by shortstop Matt McLaughlin. Additionally, a ball was dropped in the outfield and the Hawks let the game get out of hand. It was a seven inning game due to the doubleheader rules, so after that the Hawks simply ran out of time.
Tri-City only needed to use two pitchers in game two. Starter Will Stillman went six innings of shutout ball and only allowed five hits. He earned the win to go to 1-1. Left-hander Fred Schlichtholz shut things down in the 7th inning and allowed Boise's only run. Taking the loss in game two was Ryan Luna. He now goes to 1-3 on the season.
Tri-City now leads the series 2-1 with two more to go. Tomorrow's game is set to start at 8:15 p.m. MT. Lefty Nick Kennedy is projected to take the ball for Boise. He will look to get the Hawks back on track.
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