Pasco, WA: The Boise Hawks fought back in their series against the Tri-City Dust Devils to tie it, but on Monday night they just could not finish the deal.
The Hawks struggled to get anything started against Tri-City pitcher Nick Margevicius. In the game, he picked up his second win of the year and retired the first 12 batters that he faced in order. In last night's game, the Hawks scored their only runs in the game in the 1st inning. They won 2-0. Tonight, they failed to score for the first six innings and let Tri-City gain an early advantage off of starter John Valek.
Valek worked two 1-2-3 innings to start his night, but he ran into trouble in the 3rd and 4th innings where he allowed a combined seven runs. He took his fifth loss of the year in the game. The Hawks' three runs in the game all came separate from one another. They scored one run in innings seven, eight, and nine. They were never able to come back from the Tri-City early advantage.
The best night of any Hawk belonged to Daniel Jipping. In the game, Jipping went 2-4 with two RBI singles. His RBI total on the year is now at 23, that is second on the team only behind Bret Boswell. Boswell just missed a home run in the game as it was hit 393 feet but somehow stayed in the park. The ball was caught by right fielder Aldemar Burgos, he then threw to first to double up Steven Linkous who did not make it bag in time to tag.
After Valek's night was over after 3.2 innings, Hawks reliever Tyler Hanson came in and tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. Brian Browning also threw two shutout innings, but the Hawks were never able to come back in the game although the relief pitching gave them an opportunity.
Boise now falls to 4-8 on the second half and are still at the cellar of the Northwest League south division. After tonight's game, they will head home to open an eight game home-stand against the Eugene Emeralds and Everett AquaSox. Tomorrow's game vs Eugene is set for 7:15 p.m. MT at Memorial Stadium.
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