Pugliese can't stop Hawks skid
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"Pugs has been in this spot before, where we've come off a couple losses and he's had the ball, and he's had a great start."
Hawks manager Gary Van Tol was cautiously optimistic that his team could snap its three-game losing streak.
"It all starts with starting pitching," he added.
Saturday night, the Hawks chances of picking up a win also ended with starting pitching. Pugliese surrendered four hits and three runs in the first inning, and Boise went on to lose 5-3.
Pugliese (2-1) eventually settled in, striking out six Tri City batters, but he allowed two more runs in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference. James gave up eight hits, two walks, and five earned runs in five innings of work.
Hawks' first baseman Jacob Rogers provided all of Boise's offense when he belted a three-run home run over the right field wall in the third inning, drawing the score even at 3-3 after base hits from Daniel Lockhart and Yasiel Balaguert.
Boise has lost four consecutive games. Paul Blackburn will start for the Hawks in Sunday night's game against the Dust Devils.