Boise, ID: The Boise Hawks seem to have the Eugene Emeralds number this year.
With tonight's 12-5 win against the Emeralds at Memorial Stadium, Boise is now 5-1 against Eugene overall. This includes the Hawks 20 inning win vs the Emeralds in Eugene on the 4th of July.
In tonight's win, Boise's top-3 got the job done. Steven Linkous, Matt McLaughlin, and Bret Boswell have been the typical 1-2-3 punch in the Hawks lineup this season. They all had big nights that helped lead the Hawks to their seven-run win. Boise's big innings came in the 1st and 5th innings. They scored five runs in the 1st off of starter Bailey Clark who only maid it through 0.2 innings in the game. He took the loss and is now 1-3 on the year.
Boswell finished 5-6 on the night. He missed a cycle by just a triple but hit three singles, a double, and his seventh home run of the year in the game. Boswell also drove in five runs to give him 32 on the year. In his rookie campaign, he has now hit the 30 RBI mark.
McLaughlin went 2-3 but he was on base five times with three walks. His on-base-percentage before the game was at .397. By tomorrow, he will be 2nd in the league in OBP. Linkous finished 3-5 with a walk and also scored three runs. He stole two bases in the game and now has 24 on the season.
Earning the win for Boise was Keinter Olivares who picked up win number three on the year. Boise used just three pitchers in the game. Moises Ceja and Jared Gesell worked four combined innings and only gave up one run.
Eugene's only sign of life in the game came in the 5th inning off of Olivares where they scored four runs. They brought the game to 8-4 and looked like they had a chance to come back. However, Boise answered with three runs of their own in the 5th inning to put the game away.
The Hawks will head back to the yard tomorrow for a 7:15 p.m. MT start at Memorial Stadium. They will face Eugene in game two of the series.
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