BOISE – Doug Hogan picked the right place at the right time.
Playing against a team chasing them in the East Division, Hogan’s two-run home run in the third inning held up as the Spokane Indians defeated the Boise Hawks 2-1 on Monday night in front of 3,047 fans at Memorial Stadium.
The Northwest League-leading Indians (38-16) are now seven games ahead of the Hawks (31-23) in the division standings.
With one out and Mike Biannuci at first base, Hogan sent a 1-2 fastball deep over the left field wall to give Spokane a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
Boise rallied in the bottom of the inning, getting a two-out RBI double from Ryan Sontag.
Carlos Pimentel tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Spokane. He fanned six batters, but ran into trouble in the eighth inning when Boise put runners at the corners with two outs.
Trevor Hurley took over on the mound for the Indians and struck out Sean Hoorelbeke to end the inning. Hurley worked around a walk in the ninth, earning his second save of the season.
The three-game series continues tonight in Boise.