Timberjacks end skid with 6-1 win
BOISE The Southern Oregon Timberjacks left 11 runners on base inthe first four innings but still managed to halt a four-game slide Mondaynight at Memorial Stadium.
The Timberjacks pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of five Boisewalks to defeat the Northwest League's winningest team, 6-1, before 4,111fans.
The victory enabled the Timberjacks to remain three games behind Portlandin the South Division race with 23 games to play. Boise maintained its seven-gameadvantage over Spokane in the North.
For the first time this season, the Timberjacks began a game by leavingthe bases loaded the first three innings. Nonetheless, Southern Oregon scratchedout a run each frame to give starting pitcher Tim Hudson a 3-0 lead whenhe left after four strong innings.
Southern Oregon's first-inning run came on a one-out single to rightfield by Hipolito Martinez that sent Rodney Clifton scurrying home.
In the second inning, Nicolas Sosa walked, moved up on Clifton's singleand scored on Eddie Lara's base hit to left field.
The TJs made it 3-0 when Brad Gorrie walked in the third and scored fromfirst on a well executed hit-and-run single by Flores.
Hudson stopped Boise on a hit and three walks while striking out five.
He gave way to left-hander Jason Faust (3-0). The 36th-round draft pickout of New Orleans allowed three hits in three innings, striking out fourand walking one to pick up the win.
Southern Oregon picked up another run in the fifth when Adam Robinsondoubled and came home one out later on Lara's hit to right field.
In the seventh, the Hawks' sloppy fielding allowed another TJ run tocross the plate. Sosa reached on a fielding error by Boise third basemanOscar Betancart and then scored when left fielder Ariel Delgado misplayedClifton's single.
Roberto Vaz doubled in the eighth inning, stole third and scored on EdFarris' ground ball.
Jay Nunley accounted for Boise's lone run with a home run off Jared Jensenwith two out in the ninth inning.
The clubs play the fourth game of the five-game series tonight.