Hawks sweep Ems

By Mike Safford / Boise Hawks | June 30, 2013 8:26 PM

BOISE, Idaho - A go-ahead two-run eighth inning single by Jordan Hankins gave Boise the lead, and Matt Iannazzo worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, as the Hawks completed a three-game sweep of the Eugene Emeralds, winning 6-5 at Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 5-3 in the eighth, Yasiel Balaguert led off with a single and Jacob Rogers walked. Rony Rodriguez chopped an RBI double down the left field line to cut the margin to 5-4. Hankins, who was in a 0-for-12 slump, roped a pitch from Justin Livengood into right field to give Boise the lead.

In the ninth, Scott Frazier got the first two outs, but a hit by pitch, a single, and a walk loaded the bases. Iannazzo came in from the pen, and got Yair Lopez to ground into a fielders' choice, helping the Hawks to their fourth win in a row.

Eugene got a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third inning to take an early lead, but the Hawks answered in the bottom of the frame, as Balaguert hit his league-leading fourth home run, a three-run shot, to grab a 3-2 lead. The Ems scored single runs in each of the next three innings - including a go-ahead solo homer by Michael Miller, to lead 5-3, before the Hawks rallied late.

Balaguert and Jose Dore each had 2-for-4 games for the Hawks, with Andrew McKirahan tossing two shutout innings for his first professional win. Wynton Bernard went 3-for-4 in the loss for the Ems, who have dropped seven-straight.

The Hawks hit the road tomorrow, starting a three-game series at division leading Salem-Keizer. James Pugliese gets the start for Boise, opposite Jose Reyes at 7:35 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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