AquaSox fall 7-3 to Boise
Gioskar Amaya hit a three-run homer and Jeimer Candelario added a two-run shot to key a five-run second inning for Boise (22-12, 35-37). Hawks designated hitter Stephen Bruno scored twice and went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.
Boise reliever Brian Smith threw 22/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.
Brock Hebert and Dario Pizzano each had two hits to lead Everett (16-18, 44-28).
The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ketel Marte led off with a single, stole second and took third when catcher Carlos Escobar's throw sailed into the outfield. One out later, Taylor Ard's single to left scored Marte. It was Ard's Northwest League-leading 57th RBI of the season.
Boise scored 34 runs in the five game series in Everett and the Hawks' offense pummeled Everett pitching once again.
After retiring the first two hitters in the bottom of the first, Sox starter Scott DeCecco (2-4) walked both Candelario and Dan Vogelbach on full count pitches that just missed. Wilson Contreras drove in both with a double off the top of the wall in left field.
Immediately following Contreras' hit, DeCecco's start was abruptly shortened as he was ejected from the game by Masa Ichiki after appearing to say a few words to the home plate umpire.
Blake Hauser, having to take his warmup tosses on the mound, relieved DeCecco and struck out Albert Almora to retire the side.
But the Hawks flexed their muscles an inning later with five runs off Hauser to open up a commanding 7-1 lead. With one out, Carlos Escobar doubled down the left field line and Darien Martin followed with a single. Amaya cleaned off Escobar and Martin with his eighth homer of the year. Bruno then singled and Candelario ended a string of five straight hits with a long home run to right center.
Hauser, Brandon Plotz and Dominic Leone combined to allow no additional Boise runs over the final seven innings but the damage was done.
Everett had opportunities to get back in the game, but could only muster a run in the fourth and ninth. For the game, the Sox stranded 12 runners and finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Everett scored in the fourth after Marcus Littlewood led off with a double and came home after Jose Arias walked three batters. Marte drew the final free pass with the bases loaded to force in Littlewood.
In the ninth, Hebert singled, stole second and scored when Hawks shortstop Marco Hernandez committed a throwing error on Patrick Kivelhan's ground ball.
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