Indians get sloppy
Four errors help Hawks take opener of three-game series
BOISE – The Boise Hawks broke open a close game with a three-run seventh inning en route to a 5-1 win over the Spokane Indians in the first game of a three-game Northwest League series Monday night.
The Indians scored only one run – on a first-inning solo home run by Miguel Velazquez – despite collecting 13 hits. Spokane stranded 11 runners, including the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. The Indians also committed four errors, leading to two unearned runs.
After Velazquez’s homer opened the scoring, Boise tied the game in the bottom of the first with the help of two Spokane errors. Logan Watkins singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, then scored on a Greg Rohan single that was bobbled in shallow center field by Joe Bonadonna.
The Hawks took the lead in the fifth inning, again with the assistance of an Indians error. Boise’s Hak-Ju Lee reached on an error and later scored on Justin Bour’s double.
Boise’s three-run seventh also was aided by Spokane miscues. The Hawks put together two hits and a walk in the inning and stole two bases, while the Indians had a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Spokane starter Robert Ross (4-3) took the loss, allowing two runs – both unearned – on five hits over five innings.