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Pitching fails Timberjacks in 12-6 defeat

BOISE, Idaho ­ Southern Oregon starting pitcher Denny Wagner hada horrendous outing as the Timberjacks opened a five-game road trip Saturdaynight with their third straight Northwest League loss ­ a 12-6 thumpingby the Boise Hawks.

Wagner, a first-round draft pick this year out of Virginia Tech, broughta 13.50 ERA into his second start of the season and sent it skyrocketingby allowing eight earned runs in — innings.

The right-hander yielded a leadoff triple to Boise's Nelson Castro inthe first inning and threw a wild pitch to let him score.

Things got worse for Wagner (1-1) in the seven-run second when he allowedthree straight singles and then issued a bases-loaded walk to Adam Leggett.After Boise got a two-run single by Castro and scored another run on a passedball, Wagner gave up another bases-loaded walk before manager John Kuehlrelieved him with Luis Vizcaino.

The pitching struggles continued as Vizcaino promptly threw a pair ofwild pitches that allowed two more runs to score for an 8-0 Boise lead.

The Hawks' lead grew to 11-0 in the fourth when Jason Dewey hit a two-runhomer off Vizcaino. Then Paxson Stewart tripled and scored on Vizcaino'sthird wild pitch of the game.

Boise added its final run and went up 12-0 in the sixth when a run scoredon a strikeout wild pitch by Southern Oregon's Jason Anderson.

Ironically, it was another Jason Anderson, this one a Boise pitcher,who kept the Timberjacks from being thoroughly routed.

After Southern Oregon scored twice in the seventh inning on Javier Flores'RBI single and an error, the Timberjacks scored four times in the top ofthe ninth of Boise's Anderson before the relief pitcher could register anout.