Boise, ID: The Boise Hawks got it done with the long ball on Monday night.
Four home runs combined for a 13-1 win against the Vancouver Canadians in the rubber match of the two team's five game series. Vancouver beat the Hawks in the first two games of the series.
But Boise did not sit back. They rallied back with three straight wins against Vancouver to win the series and take away three important games from the Canadians. The Hawks now move to 14-12 on the year and have put themselves in position to move into first place in the division.
If Eugene and Hillsboro both lose on Monday, Boise will then move into a three-way tie for first in the South Division. It won't look pretty, but the Hawks have clawed their way back to the top after suffering three straight losses against Spokane just over a week ago.
Sean Bouchard, Stephen Cardullo, Sam Tidaback, and J.B. Moss all homered in the game to send Boise to a win. The biggest of which came in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs where Tidaback hit a grand slam into right center to put the Hawks up 12-1. It was Tidaback's third home run on the season.
Earning the win for Boise was right hander Jesse Lepore. Lepore, a 24th round selection this season out of Miami (FL,) picked up his first professional win. Boise's starter in the game, Pearson McMahan, pitched three innings in his pro debut and did not allow a hit.
Strong pitching and timely hitting gave Boise the win on Monday night. The Hawks now move into their first off day of the season. They will be back in action on Wednesday night in Salem-Keizer. Boise will look to increase their 3-game win streak out west at that time.
For now, it's time to rest and enjoy the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.
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