Boise Doubles Up Tri-City, 6-3Posted: Updated:
BOISE, Idaho -- Matt Loosen tossed three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief as the Boise Hawks took advantage of three Tri-City errors to topple the Dust Devils, 6-3, before 2,575 fans at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
The win for the Hawks was their fourth-straight at home and pulled Boise even with Tri-City at 5-10 in the second half of the Northwest League season. The Dust Devils had their losing streak extended to eight games.
Boise jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead off starter Josh Mueller, as Ryan Cuneo roped a two-run double to centerfield in the opening frame. Tri-City came right back, as Dustin Garneau lined a solo homer down the left field line in the second to cut the margin to 2-1.
The Hawks answered in the bottom of the frame, as Alvaro Ramirez rolled an RBI single to left, scoring Kyung-Min Na, to make it 3-1. The Dust Devils would cut the margin to 3-2 on an RBI ground out from Leo Reyes in the third, before Boise exploded for three runs in the bottom of the frame - thanks to a pair of Tri-City errors.
After the Dust Devils cut the lead to 6-3 in the fifth on a Reyes run-scoring single, the Hawks turned the game over to Loosen, who retired 11 of the 13 men he faced, allowing just one single and fanning five to pick up his first win. Andres Quezada worked around an error in the ninth for his first save.
Ramirez went 2-for-4 in the victory, extending his hit streak to 15 games, with Pierre LePage going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Garneau and Reyes each had two hits in the loss for the Dust Devils.
The final game of the series is Friday night, with Austin Kirk going for the Hawks, opposite Edwar Cabrera at 7:15 p.m.