Defense (and 10 runs) leads Hawks past Salem-Keizer
Last night, nothing went right for the Boise Hawks – tonight, with Cubs Vice President of Player Personnel, Oneri Fleita, on hand, the squad put together a solid effort to stop Salem-Keizer, 10-7, evening the series at two games apiece.
Standing out to me was the defensive work by the Hawks – no fewer than five outstanding plays to key the win. Young centerfielder Kyung-Min Na (pictured right) threw out Carlos Quintana at home plate in the second inning, then added a head-first diving catch to rob a S-K hitter of a hit in the fourth. Alvaro Ramirez had a sliding catch in the third inning, while Arismendy Alcantara started a key 4-6-3 double play to get out of the eighth inning. Capping the defensive prowess was a fabulous diving catch made by Wes Darvill on the infield to close out the win.
Offensively, Ramirez had the big blow in a five-run first with a two-run double, with Brandon May hitting his second homer of the season, a three-run shot in the second, to build an 8-1 lead. The Hawks would squander most of the lead, until Corey Martin came in from the pen to record the final five outs for his third save.
LOOKING TO TOMORROW: The Hawks will gun for their first series win against the Volcanoes since the 2002 season on Friday, sending Joe Zeller to the mound against lefty Esky Escobar. It will be a challenge for the Hawks against Escobar, as Boise has been non-existant against south-paws this season, combining for a 2-for-30 batting average against them.
LONG NIGHT TO FOLLOW: After the fireworks show tomorrow night, the Hawks will hop aboard their chartered bus around 11:30 p.m. for the 450 mile trek to Eugene, Ore.