Hawks end four-game losing streak
BOISE, Idaho - Stephen Bruno lined a walk-off RBI single to cap a two-run bottom of the ninth inning rally, as the Boise Hawks ended a four-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, defeating the Tri-City Dust Devils, 7-6, at Memorial Stadium.
After the Dust Devils plated an unearned run in the top of the ninth on a Miguel DeLeon sacrifice fly to take a 6-5 lead, Boise responded with a Dong-Yub Kim single and a walk to pinch hitter Xavier Batista. After a sacrifice bunt, Gioskar Amaya singled sharply into right to plate Kim with the tying run. After pinch runner Shawon Dunston Jr. was forced out at home on a fielders' choice, Bruno roped a 1-2 offering from Brook Hart into right-centerfield for the game winner.
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third, as Bijan Rademacher homered, Marco Hernandez tripled home a run, and Bruno added an RBI double. Jarod Berggren got Tri-City on the board in the fourth with an RBI single, but Hernandez delivered an RBI single in the fifth to extend the Boise lead to 4-1.
A Patrick Hutcheson RBI single in the sixth got a run back for the Dust Devils, with the visitors taking the lead in the seventh - thanks to a two-run Francisco Sosa single and an RBI double from DeLeon. Boise tied it with two outs in the eighth on a Willson Contreras RBI single.
Jose Arias was solid for the Hawks in a no-decision, going five and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out three. Bryce Shafer allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but got the victory, his first of the year. Bruno went 3-for-4 with two RBI, with Amaya going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Hernandez, Kim, and Rademacher each had two hits in the 14-hit attack.
Hutcheson, DeLeon, Robert De La Cruz, Zach Osborne each had two hits in the loss for Tri-City.
The rubber game of the series is tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. with James Pugliese meeting Josh Slaats. The game will be carried live on 93.1 KTIK-FM.
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