Dallas Mahan sailed through seven innings with another vintage performance. The end result, however, was an all-too familiar loss for the Hawaii Stars and their veteran left-hander.
Na Koa Ikaika Maui knocked out Mahan as part of a five-run rally in the eighth inning Wednesday night and stormed past the Stars 10-5 in a Pacific Association baseball game at Wong Stadium.
Hawaii (2-6) has lost three straight and four of its past five. Mahan, meanwhile, is still searching for elusive win No. 50 as pro and his first victory as a Star.
Armed with a 3-1 lead, he appeared to be on track for a win until the first three batters reached on hits in the eighth, capped by a Jimmy Rohan RBI single that ended Mahan’s night and cut Hawaii’s lead to one. Devon Ramirez came on in relief and promptly hit three batters and allowed two singles. After 10 pitches, Maui had taken a 6-3 lead.
The Stars will send former University of Hawaii at Hilo pitcher John Holley to the mound at 5:30 p.m. today to try and stem the tide as the six-game series continues. In honor of Holley, a Pahoa High graduate, fans wearing Vulcans or Daggers apparel will be admitted for half price.
Mahan went at least seven innings for the second time in as many starts this season, but he’s yet to register a decision. In 7 1/3 innings, the 35-year-old allowed three runs on 10 hits and a walk with a strikeout. Last season, Mahan went 0-7 despite a 3.53 ERA.
Katsuaki Furuki and Brendan Davis each had three hits for the Stars and helped key a three-run sixth inning.
Chad Blackwell (1-1) pitched seven innings to get the victory, allowing nine hits and three runs (two earned), with neither a walk nor a strikeout.
Maui (6-2) finished with 15 hits. Ray Serrano was 2 for 6 with three RBIs, including a two-run single off Ramirez (1-1) in the eighth, Waylen Sing-Chow was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and Nick Valdez had two doubles among his three hits and scored twice.
Valdez started off the ninth with a double as Maui tacked on four runs against Keith DeMorgandie.
Glenn Walker and Dustin Smith had two hits apiece and each drew a walk in the ninth as Hawaii added two runs.