Tomasovich Doubles in Pro Debut

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Charlie White (2014 draft pick out of Maryland) taking BP in Spokane

Saturday night marked the professional debut of Cubs prospects Alex Tomasovich and Charlie White, as the third-day draft selections were in the starting line-up in the Boise Hawks 3-2 loss to Spokane.

Tomasovich made his presence known early, hitting a fastball into the right-centerfield gap for a double in his first plate appearance and was given the ball as a commemorative gesture.

White was 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch, scoring a run in the fifth inning that put the Hawks up at the time, 2-1.  He also learned a nuance of the game early – chasing down a foul ball and firing it back to the infield (instead of to a ball boy or to a fan in the crowd), which is the common practice in college.

The Hawks got a quality performance from Trevor Clifton, who fanned a career-high six in four innings (highlight of his strikeout with the bases loaded and two outs), and Trey Lang hasn’t given up a run now in five innings after two scoreless innings of relief.

The Boise bullpen, however, could not hold a lead for the second time on this road trip – giving up a pair of runs in the eighth inning (the fifth blown save of the season – though the Hawks have won two of the games).

NOTES: Giuseppe Papaccio left the game in the fourth inning after his hand was cut by the seams of the ball on a pickoff play at second base…Varonex Cuevas broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with his first two hits in the Boise uniform – a solo homer and an a sharp single…attendance was 5,731 fans – most likely the largest crowd the Hawks will play in front of this summer.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP Yao-Lin Wang has been removed from the 7-Day DL and will rejoin the Daytona Cubs, with the D-Cubs sending Jasvir Rakkar to Boise…Rakkar was a mainstay in the bullpen for the Hawks in 2013, going 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

 

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