Photo Courtesy of the Spokane Indians
The Boise Hawks and Spokane Indians got their first game of 2017 in, just 24 hours later than expected.
After a ferocious storm pushed through Spokane on Thursday evening, Friday night proved to be dry as the Hawks took game one of the series 5-4 over the Indians. It was a battle of southpaws as John Valek took the ball for Boise and Cole Ragans started for Spokane.
Ragans was the 30th overall selection in the MLB Draft of the Texas Rangers last season. This was his first pro start in Single-A. However, it was Valek who stole the show. Valek threw six innings while only allowing one run. Walks proved to be the achilles heel for Ragans as he walked six batters in only four innings of work.
The Hawks pounced on Ragans early with four runs in the first three innings, including a two-run home run by Jonathan Piron in the 2nd inning. Until the 6th inning, Boise was leading 4-0.
Valek finished his night after the sixth inning and the ball was left with left hander Keinter Olivares. Olivares surrendered two runs to Spokane in the bottom of the 7th including a double by Cristian Inoa that brought them within one run. Mike Bunal came in to try and calm the situation, but Curtis Terry doubled to scored Inoa to tie the game. The run was charged to Olivares.
The game would stay tied until the top of the 10th inning. The Hawks had runners on second and third when Avery Romero came to the plate. Romero chopped a ball past Spokane pitcher Grant Zawadski into the glove of the shortstop Inoa. Steven Linkous broke for home from third on contact and slid in safe before Inoa's throw got there.
Ethan Westphal tossed a scoreless top of the 10th to shut Spokane down and earned the first win of the season for Boise. Westphal picked up the win while Zawadski took the loss. The Hawks return to action tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. PT to meet the Indians again at Avista Stadium
FINAL: Boise - 5 Spokane - 4
WP: Ethan Westphal (1-0)
LP: Grant Zawadski (0-1)
HR: Boise - Jonathan Piron, Spokane-Andretty Cordero
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