Hawks drop another in Vancouver
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After putting together a six-game winning streak, the Hawks have lost eight of their last nine games.
Boise can blame Canada for its last three defeats, including an 8-4 loss Friday afternoon at Nat Bailey Field in Vancouver. The two-time defending Northwest League champions got five scoreless innings from starter Kyle Anderson, and utilized four RBI from left fielder Jordan Leyland.
Paul Blackburn (0-2) took the loss. Shawon Dunston Jr. was one of the few bright spots for Boise, picking up three hits and driving in a run.
"They scored eight runs total, and six of those runs got on base because of a walk, a hit batter, or an error," explained Van Tol post-game. "Every little mistake seems to grow into a lot of runs, and it's tough to win when you're doing that."
Boise has been outscored 53-24 in its last eight losses. Hawks ace James Pugliese is 0-2 during the slide, and the team's best hitter- Yasiel Balaguert- had zero RBI in five defeats before being sent to Mesa for Boise's trip across the Canadian border. Balaguert clubbed four home runs and collected 22 RBI in June, earning him a vote of confidence from his manager, despite Yasiel's recent slump.
"Every good hitter gets himself out every once in a while and you have to remind yourself that he's still young and still learning," said Van Tol. "But every time he steps to the plate people expect something to happen."