PASCO, Wash. — Giving up single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, right-hander Ben Wells of Bryant absorbed a[more] tough 3-2 loss to the Tri-City Dust Devils in a Class A Northwest League game on Monday night.
Wells worked 5 2/3 innings for the Boise Hawks, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two, leaving the game with the Hawks trailing the Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies), 3-1. The Hawks rallied in the seventh but couldn’t get the tying run home.
Wells is now 3-3 with a 4.30 earned run average in his first professional season. It was his 10th appearance, ninth as a starter. Based on a five-man rotation, he should take the mound again on Saturday at Boise against the Eugene Emeralds (San Diego Padres).
He retired the first four batters of the game on infield grounders but then surrendered back-to-back doubles. He then set down five in a row before issuing a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth. With one out, a triple made it 2-0. But he forced the Dust Devils to strand the runner at third.
Boise got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth. In the home half, Wells worked another 1-2-3 inning. A single and a double produced a run for Tri-City to start the sixth. Wells came back to retire the next two batters, finishing with a strikeout. He was then replaced by reliever Kyler Burke, who ended the inning with another strikeout.