Pasco, WA: All the Boise Hawks needed was one big inning.
They defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils 2-0 to take their fourth win of the second half and also to tie up the series at two games a piece. Boise rallied back tonight after dropping last night's second game of the doubleheader 6-1.
Boise sent left-hander Nick Kennedy to the mound in game four of the series. Kennedy picked up his second professional win and now has won back-to-back starts. The former Texas Longhorn threw five scoreless innings and only allowed three hits. His ERA now sits at 2.49.
Boise's only runs came in the first inning of the game. They scored two on a RBI triple by Luis Castro and a RBI single from Austin Bernard. Scoring in the inning was Matt McLaughlin and also Castro.
It was not all smooth sailing for the Hawks, however.
They were forced into a sticky situation in the 7th inning where lefty Kyle Cedotal loaded the bases on three walks. Cedotal was pulled and reliever Mike Bunal was brought in to get the Hawks out of it. He got outfielder Tyler Benson to ground out to second base to get them out of the inning.
Tri-City had multiple opportunities during the ballgame to get back into contention for the lead. Boise pitching shut the door each time. It was the first time this season that the Hawks shutout an opponent.
Tomorrow night's game at 8:15 p.m. MT will be the deciding rubber match in the series. Boise will look for the series win before they head back home tomorrow night to begin an eight-game home-stand.
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