Eugene, OR: The Boise Hawks took a setback tonight in Eugene.
With two chances to win the series against the Emeralds, the Hawks only scored one run in the final two games of the series against Eugene. After being shutout on Monday night, they lost 3-1 against Eugene on Tuesday after a dominant pitching performance that featured 13 strikeouts.
The Hawks sent Garrett Schilling to the mound in a decisive game four vs Eugene. Schilling, who was still looking for his first professional win, took the loss and is now 0-3 on the season. Jose Albertos, the number two overall prospect in the Cubs organization, took the ball for the second time against the Hawks this season. After giving up four runs against the Hawks earlier this month, Albertos got his revenge.
In five innings of one run ball, Albertos earned his second win of the season. The 18-year-old was pumping in his fastball at an average of 95 MPH and continuously froze the Hawks with his nasty curveball. Albertos combined with Keegan Thompson and Luis Aquino to strikeout 13 batters. Albertos finished with eight of his own.
The Hawks scored first in the game after Steven Linkous led off the ballgame with a single. He then advanced to second, third, and ultimately scored on three wild pitches in the inning by Albertos. It would be the only time all night that the Hawks would plate a run.
The game winning hit came in the 3rd inning off of Schilling on a two-run triple by Jose Gonzalez. Gonzalez lined sharply out to center-field. Linkous, who was playing shallow, watched the ball fly over his head to the wall. Two runs scored and that ended being all Eugene needed.
The Emeralds added a run in the 5th inning on a throwing error made by Austin Bernard. Jhonny Bethencourt broke for 3rd on a ball in the dirt and Bernard's throw sailed over Danny Edgeworth. That made the game 3-1.
Aquino tossed a scoreless top of the 9th to shut the Hawks down. With the loss, Boise dropps to 31-34 and are now 2-5 to start this 15 game road trip. Next, the Hawks will hit Hillsboro for the third leg of the trip. First pitch tomorrow night is set for 8:05 p.m. MT from Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.
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