Sox Offense Struggles After Scoring First Again

Another solid effort from a Frogs starter goes for a loss

July 8, 2011 8:38 AM ET

BOISE, Idaho -The Everett AquaSox (7-14) lost the first game of a five-game set with the Northwest League's East Division leading Boise Hawks (13-8) 9-5, with the offense held in check by another right-handed starter to secure their third consecutive loss and eleventh loss in the last fifteen games.

The Frogs fell to 3-7 when they score the first run of the game with the loss after scoring a run in the first inning of the game when the first three batters of the game for Everett reached base and shortstop Marcus Littlewood scored on a groundout by designated hitter James Wood. After the first inning of the game, the Sox only managed three base runners until the seventh inning.

Hawks right-hander Benjamin Wells (2-1, 4.84 ERA) became the 12th pitcher in the last 13 right-handers to face the AquaSox that has allowed two earned runs or fewer in their start, while Frogs starter Stephen Landazuri (3-1, 3.96 ERA) was given his first loss of the season after giving up two runs in five innings of work, lowering his ERA during the effort.

The Hawks scored in the second inning to tie the game on a RBI single by shortstop Wes Darvill, a score set up by a leadoff walk and a steal by right-fielder Reggie Golden. Boise took the lead in the fourth inning on a double by third baseman Travis Garcia, which plated home Golden again for his team-leading 17th run this season.

After Landazuri left after completing the fifth inning down 2-1, Boise batters took advantage of the Sox relievers, scoring seven runs in the sixth through the eighth innings combined to run up a 9-2 lead. Sox relievers have allowed 15 runs during the current three-game losing streak.

The Sox try to snap their second longest losing streak of the season when they send out right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen (0-0, 1.13 ERA), who has allowed one run in eight innings for Everett in 2011. He will match up against Hawks righty Yao-Lin Wang, who has not allowed more than one earned run in a start this season, starting at 7:05 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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