AquaSox blow lead, lose 10-5 to Hawks

EVERETT — With starting pitcher Lars Huijer on a tight pitch count, the Everett AquaSox bullpen had to burden a heavier load on Sunday and the task proved too much.

Everett squandered a 5-1 lead by allowing nine unanswered runs and the Boise Hawks mashed their way to a 10-5 win.

Boise’s Rony Rodriguez homered twice and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI. Jordan Hankins also homered, Kris Bryant added three hits and two RBI and every Boise batter had at least one hit en route to piling up 15 hits. Reliever Sam Wilson (3-0) threw two scoreless innings to earn the win for Boise (6-7 second half, 27-24 overall).

Justin Seager hit two doubles and drove in two and Bryan Brito went 3-for-5 for Everett (8-5, 31-20).

After Rodriguez opened the scoring with a solo homer in the third off Nate Koneski, Everett responded with the next five runs of the game.

In the bottom of the third, Boise starter Rob Zastrynzy sandwiched singles to Lonnie Kauppila and Brito around hitting Michael Faulkner with a pitch to load the bases. Seager then ripped his second double of the game to plate two and Kyle Petty followed with a sun-aided double to left field that drove in Brito. Seager scored the final run of the inning when Boise shortstop Carlos Penalver couldn’t handle Chantz Mack’s groundball.

Brito added an RBI single in the fourth to extend Everett’s advantage to 5-1, but it was all Boise from that point on.

The Hawks scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to take the lead. Cameron Copping (0-1) allowed a two-run single to Cael Brockmeyer in the fifth. An inning later, Bryant added a two-run single of his own to tie the game and Jacob Rogers’ base hit scored Bote as Boise retook the lead at 6-5.

Rodriguez and Hankins each hit two-run shots off Min Sih-Chen in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Huijer, coming off back-to-back starts in which he allowed only one hit, was not sharp, but managed to escape jams in the first and second and threw 22/3 scoreless innings to extend his personal shutout streak to 252/3. Huijer threw just 54 pitches in order to be given a chance to pitch in the Northwest League’s All-Star game on Tuesday at Everett Memorial Stadium.

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