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Series split drops Hillsboro to 10-14 on the season and five games behind first place Eugene and Everett.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Hillsboro's Blaze Alexander takes a swing during a Hops game earlier this season at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. The Hops are 10-14 after splitting a six-game series at Tri-City this past week.The Hops just can't get any traction.

Despite winning three of its first four games at Tri-City this past week, Hillsboro missed an opportunity to gain momentum by dropping the final two of the six-game series at Gesa Stadium in Pasco, Washington.

Tri-City's Brendon Davis homered twice in the series finale May 30, en route to a 6-3 Dust Devils win and a 3-3 series split.

The last of the six games was highlighted by a heated first-inning exchange between Davis and Hops starting pitcher Drey Jameson.

After Hillsboro had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first thanks to an Eduardo Díaz triple followed by an Andy Yerzy groundout, Jameson's first pitch to Davis went behind the third baseman's head. Two pitches later, Davis got his revenge when he sent the first-inning fastball over the centerfield fence, resulting in a heated exchange between the third baseman and a number of Hops infielders, as well as Jameson as he rounded the bases.

Davis added insult to injury when he again tied the game with a home run in the seventh, knotting the game 2-2. Jameson was relieved by Blake Workman, who allowed a two-out RBI single to center by Jose Verrier, followed by a three-run double by Spencer Griffin that sealed the Hops' fate.

With the loss, the Hops dropped to 10-14 on the season, five games behind first-place co-leaders, the Eugene Emeralds, the Vancouver Canadians and the Everett AquaSox, the latter of which the Hops will face this week as part of a two-week, 12-game roadtrip before returning home to host Tri-City for a rematch Tuesday, June 8.

Hillsboro has yet to win any of its four series to date.

The Hops opened the week with a 5-3 win, highlighted by a Yerzy home run and an outstanding bullpen performance in which Nick Snyder, Kenny Hernandez and Joe Jones combined to throw six shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 and walking none.

Hillsboro won again the following night thanks primarily to the strong start of pitcher Ryne Nelson. The former University of Oregon standout threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out seven.

The road team dropped the third game of the six-game set 7-6, but bounced-back a day later thanks to another Yerzy homer and another strong bullpen performance, this time by Snyder, Jones, Kyler Stout and Wesley Rodriguez, who went a combined 5 1/3 innings in relief of Slade Cecconi, allowing no earned runs on four hits, while striking out seven and walking three.

Tri-City won the fifth game 2-0 prior to Sunday's series finale.

Series in review

May 25: Hillsboro 5, Tri-City 3

May 26: Hillsboro 5, Tri-City 2

May 27: Hillsboro 6, Tri-City 7

May 28: Hillsboro 3, Tri-City 2

May 29: Hillsboro 0, Tri-City 2

May 30: Hillsboro 3, Tri-City 6

Who's Hot...

First baseman Spencer Brickhouse is 7-of-17 (.412) with three doubles in his last five games.

Pitcher Matt Tabor has a 1.38 ERA over his last two appearances, striking out nine and walking just three in 13 innings pitched.

Reliever Kenny Hernandez has allowed just a single hit while stiking out nine and walking none in 6.1 innings of work over his last two appearances.


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