Eighth inning surge not enough for Hawks to top Indians
With only a week left in the Northwest League baseball
season, the Boise Hawks (12-20) took on the Spokane Indians, who clinched the
East Division in the second half of the season, in one of the “dog days” of fall
at Memorial Stadium Tuesday. The Indians looked as excited as Kirstie Alley at
a salad bar.
Despite their lifeless play, Spokane managed to show why
they will be facing the Yakima Bears in the playoffs at the end of the series
in Boise. Literally no effort was yielded by the Indians in the first three
innings, yet they were still able to outscore the Hawks 4-0 on a flurry of
hits. Indians designated hitter Brett Nicholas blasted a line drive shot down
the right field line only to be called foul by the home plate umpire. It took
Nicholas nearly two minutes to stroll back to the batter’s box while receiving
a plethora of insults from the home crowd.
Though the season is all but over for the Hawks players, and
fans, Tuesday night attendees saw the return of Tarlandas Mitchell who spent
the majority of the second half of the season in Mesa, Ariz. for rehab with the
Arizona Rookie League Cubs. Mitchell threw two quality innings out of the
bullpen, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks after relieving
starter Juan Serrano.
While down five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the
Hawks rallied to spawn a late game comeback, scoring three runs on three hits,
a walk, and a hit by pitch. The revolt was ended abruptly on a devastating double
play on a Dustin Harrington ground ball to Spokane shortstop Jurickson Profar.
In the ninth, Colby Killian earned his seventh save of the
season for the Indians, striking out two to finish the game.
Hawks shortstop Elliot Soto left the game Tuesday when he
injured his ankle on a hit by pitch in the eighth inning. Manager Jody Davis
immediately removed him from the game.