Eugene, OR: The Boise Hawks and Eugene Emeralds have played two extra innings games at PK Park this season. Between the two, they have lasted a combined 11 hours and 35 innings.
On July 4, the Hawks and Emeralds played a 20 inning game in which the Hawks walked away with the win. Tonight, Eugene was looking for revenge after the Hawks won a come-from-behind 6-5 game last night. For Eugene, they did everything except score the winning run.
In 15 innings tonight, the Hawks took the victory 11-6. The final score may not look like it was close, but the teams were neck-and-neck for the entirety of the game. To start the 3rd inning, Matt McLaughlin continued his hot stretch with a two run single. McLaughlin now has seven hits and four RBI in the series two games in out of four to be played.
Eugene fought back quickly though with one run in both the 4th and 5th. The game fell silent for a few innings until Luis Castro's two run double in the 8th. That made the game 4-3 and gave Boise a chance to close things out for the first time tonight. The Emeralds scored a run, however, in the 8th to tie it at four. For the second time this season at PK Park, we went to extras.
There was an interesting vibe in the ballpark. For some reason, the 20 inning game from July 4 lingered over the park like it was about to happen again. Boise thought they had Eugene in the 11th. After two runs scored, Kyle Cedotal went to the mound to try for the save.
In the bottom of the 11th, Austin Filiere got a hold of a Cedotal fastball and hit a two run home run over the right center wall to tie the game at 6. Eugene had once again put themselves back in a position to win. After that, the game went quiet again. It was not until the 15th inning where the Hawks put together five runs that it would come alive again. Boise took a five run safety-net to the bottom of the 15th.
Right hander Jared Gesell, who earned the win tonight, worked a scoreless 15th to take the win for the Hawks. With the win, it is number 31 on the season for the Hawks and they have now tied Eugene in overall record for the season. Both teams are 31-32 which now plays to the Hawks advantage if the season comes down to being decided by winning percentage.
Boise will look to win the series tomorrow night with game three at 8:05 p.m. MT. Boise can get back to .500 overall with a win.
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