All or nothing; that's what it feels like for the Hillsboro Hops of late.
After being shutout and only managing four hits in a 3-0 loss to Boise a night prior, Hillsboro reignited their bats in an 8-2 win over the Hawks Tuesday afternoon, July 9, at Ron Tonkin Field.
The Hops/Sonadores de Hillsboro (16-10), led by 18-year-old sensation Kristian Robinson, scored one run in the second, another in the third, and blew things open with six in the fourth to claim the last of a three-game home set with Boise and secure two of the three games.
Hillsboro's Luis Frias was brilliant — again — on the mound, allowing just a single earned run over 4 2/3 innings, surrendering three hits while striking out nine and walking four. The hard-throwing right-hander threw consistently in the mid-90's, while tying the visiting Hawks (13-13) hitters in knots with a wicked curveball that left the visitors shaking their heads. In Frias' six starts in a Hops uniform, the 21-year-old has yet to relinquish more than two runs and has allowed just 18 hits in nearly 30 innings, accruing a 1.82 ERA and averaging more than 1.5 strikeouts per innings pitched.
The Hops got things started in the second inning when Daniel Wasinger plated Jesus Marriaga with a broken bat single to center. They added a second run in the third when Robinson went yard for the fifth time this season, lacing a line drive over the left field fence to make it 2-0. Then Hillsboro opened things up an inning later when they scored six runs on five singles, two doubles, and two free passes, highlighted by a two RBI single to centerfield by first baseman Andy Yerzy.
Boise got to Frias in the fifth, leading off with a Yorvis Torrealba single to center, then loading the bases on consecutive walks before an Isaac Collins sacrifice fly made the score 8-1.
The Hawks scratched a second run across an inning later off of Hops reliever Yaramil Hiraldo, but were put down with relative ease over the final three innings at the hands of Jacob Stevens and Justin Garcia who combined to allow a single hit while striking out five and walking one.
Robinson and Tristin English led Hillsboro with two hits apiece. In all, nine Hops recorded hits in the game.
Stevens (2-0) got the win for Hillsboro, starting pitcher Eris Filpo (2-1) took the loss for Boise, allowing six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.
The Hops are off Wednesday, but will play three at Boise before returning home for three games versus first place Salem-Keizer starting Sunday, July 14.
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