Boise, ID: The Boise Hawks are back in business.
After starting the 2nd half 0-5, the Hawks have now won seven of their last 10 to get right back in the division. With a Salem-Keizer loss tonight, Boise would move into sole possession of 2nd place in the division.
Boise can make the playoffs in one of two ways. Either they win the 2nd half, or if Hillsboro wins the division again, they would have to finish with a better overall winning percentage than Eugene and Salem-Keizer. Right now, they are right on the verge of that.
However, with two more important series vs Hillsboro coming up, the Hawks are looking to pick up as many wins as possible. Tonight, they got it done in comeback style. After Eugene scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning off of Garrett Schilling, Boise rallied back with a three-run double by Danny Edgeworth to tie it. Eugene was then held scoreless for the rest of the game. The Hawks scored six unanswered runs after the 1st inning.
They were not able to fully get to starter Jose Albertos, but they capitalized on a rough bullpen outing for reliever Ricky Tyler Thomas. Thomas allowed a two run home run to Sean Bouchard in what was the first runs given up by Thomas on the year. Taking the loss, however was Keegan Thompson. Thompson only allowed run one but it ended up being the game winner.
Sean Bouchard scored in the top of the 6th inning on a J.B. Moss fielder's choice ground ball to give the Hawks the lead 4-3. Ethan Westphal earned his third win of the season after tossing two scoreless innings. Mike Bunal picked up his fourth save of the season on a six-out save where he worked two scoreless as well. Bunal struck out four batters in his outing to bring his season total to 36.
Schilling gave the Hawks a quality start with five innings of work along with four strikeouts. Overall, it was a team effort for the Hawks that resulted in their third straight win.
The Hawks will continue the home-stand as they now welcome in the Everett AquaSox. Everett swept Boise to close the 1st half and the Hawks will look for revenge. Tomorrow's game is set for 7:15 p.m. MT.
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