Darvill's Slide Lifts Hawks out of Skid
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Wes Darvill eluded the tag on an infield grounder in the top of the 11th to score the go-ahead run, as the Boise Hawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Darvill, from nearby Langley, B.C., led off the eleventh with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Blair Springfield hit a slow roller to second, with Darvill's head first slide missing the tag of C's catcher Garrett Maines for the winner.
Hawks reliever retired the final 13 men in order to preserve the win, as Bryce Shafer struck out five of the six men he faced to pick up his first win of the season.
Boise jumped out to a 3-0 in the fifth inning, getting an RBI double by Brad Zapenas and an RBI ground out from Rafael Lopez in the third, with Lopez adding a run-scoring single in the fifth to stake the Hawks to the lead.
The Canadians would rallly, scoring a run on a wild pitch in the fifth, then taking the lead in the sixth on a long three-run homer by Steve McQuail, his league leading eighth long ball of the season, to give Vancouver a 4-3.
The Hawks would regain the lead in the seventh, as Pin-Chieh Chen gapped an RBI double, with Paul Hoilman launching a two-run homer, giving Boise a 6-4 edge. However, the C's rallied in the bottom of the frame, getting a two-out RBI double by Bryan Kervin and an RBI single from Balbino Fuenmayor to knot the score at 6-6.
Su-Min Jung was solid for the Hawks in his first start, going five innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run, striking out two. Colin Richardson added two and a third innings of scoreless baseball for the Hawks. Darvill was the lone Hawk with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5.
Game 4 of the series is tomorrow night, with Austin Reed getting the start for the Hawks, opposite Justin Nicolino at 8:05 p.m. (MT)
NOTES - Hawks ended a four-game road losing streak with the win and improved to 4-0 in extra inning games...Vancouver fell to 0-4 in extras...Boise ended a 36 2/3 inning streak without an extra base hit with the Zapenas third inning double, one of five extra base hits in the win...Hoilman's sixth homer is the most by a Boise player since Ryan Flaherty and Drew Rundle hit nine homers in 2008.
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