Tony Bryant may not find starting pitching to his liking after all.
The Kennewick native and Tri-City Dust Devils pitcher gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings in a 10-5 loss to the Boise Hawks on Saturday. It was Bryant’s first start dating back to his first college season at Oregon State.
The Hawks got to the 6-foot-8 right-hander early, tagging him for a run in the first and four more in the second to put Boise out fpont 5-0. Jeff-rey Baez and Kyle Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 Major League Base-ball draft, each had two RBIs in the first two innings.
The Dust Devils got one back in the third and scored four more — two on wild pitches by Boise pitcher Scott Frazier — in the top of the sixth to cut the Hawks’ lead to 6-5.
But Boise put the game out of reach with four more runs in the bottom of the seventh, as Schwarber knocked in his sixth run in two games with an RBI single and David Bote hit an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch by Tri-City reliever Evan DeLuca.
Frazier and DeLuca combined for seven wild pitches.
Bryant, who is expected to join Grand Junction for his next start, took the loss for Tri-City, and Erick Leal earned the win for Boise, allowing an unearned run on three hits in five innings.
Francisco Sosa, David Bergin and Jairo Rosario each had two hits for the Dust Devils, who will start Tyler Gagnon today in an effort to halt their two-game skid.