As he cruised through the first four innings without allowing a run, it looked like their might not be any activity from the bullpen. But a dreadful fifth inning, in which the Boise Hawks scored eight runs, ended Matt Andriese’s night and led to another long night for the bullpen.
With thoughts of another comeback victory like the one they put together on Friday night, the Emeralds offense was able to score two runs in the ninth inning. Still, they would have needed a lot more, as the Hawks evened the series with a 10-2 win in front of an attendance of 3,189.
The leash appeared to be short with Andriese, who dazzled through four innings. Until the fifth inning, the only base runners for the Hawks reached on a walk and an infield single.
The Hawks began to jump on Andriese, who attacked opposing batters early in the count.
After allowing an infield single and a walk to start the fifth inning, a single up the middle by Ben Klafczynski scored Reggie Golden from third base to give the Hawks their first run of the game.
That ended Andriese’s night. He went four innings plus, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five.
Emeralds manager Pat Murphy needed his relievers to eat up innings due to the bullpens 6 1/3 innings of work on Friday night. Reliever Chris Haney was unable to keep the Hawks damage at a minimum.
Entering the game with runners on first and second with no outs and down 1-0, the first batter Haney faced, second baseman Brad Zapenas, laid a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline. Third baseman Clint Moore fielded the ball and threw the ball to shortstop Jace Peterson, who was covering third base. The throw went wide of Peterson allowing the lead runner to score. The inning unraveled from there.
“Ill-advised probably,” Murphy said of Moore’s decision of trying to throw out the lead runner. “(Moore) tried to force it, probably, but he’s excited; trying to make the right play. The bottom line is you can’t throw the ball always there. He’ll learn from it.”
Haney was unable to get out of the fifth inning, as the Hawks tagged Haney for five runs on three hits and left the game after a two-out, two-run double by designated hitter Chad Noble.
Paul Bingham, the former third baseman converted to pitcher, struck out Klafczynski to end the long rally.
Boise was able to send 12 batters to the plate in that inning. Bingham then pitched his way through the sixth inning, while allowing the Hawks to plate two, extending their lead to 10-0.
Through the early part of the season, the Emeralds are trying to see what kind of talent they have throughout their roster. Between the first two games of the season, the Emeralds have played all of their position players—only three starting pitchers and one reliever have not seen live-action.
With players’ first appearances come early season jitters, which led to costly mistake for the Emeralds. Pitchers and catchers are also trying to grow comfortable with one another and three wild pitches by Emeralds pitchers was evidence of that.
“There’s a few guy that obviously the surroundings affected them their first time,” Murphy said. “I’m glad we got the opportunity to get everybody in there.
“We still got to give everybody more opportunities, because the idea is development. I like to get everybody feeling part of it.”
The Emeralds offense gave them something to build on going into Sunday’s game. Back-to-back doubles by Peterson and Cory Spangenberg gave Spangenberg his first hit and RBI on the year.
Pinch hitter Matt Colantonio later drove in Spangenberg from third to make the score 10-2.
“I was just looking for a pitch I could get a hit on,” Spangenberg said of his double. “That was my first hit. I just needed to get that out of the way and take a deep breath.”