Hidekel Gonzalez hit a two-run single as part of a six-run seventh inning and the visiting Boise Hawks (2-1) handled the Spokane Indians (1-2) 9-3 on Sunday.
Spokane starter Tai Tiedemann turned in four solid innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out two. Curtis Terry hit a two-run homer for the Indians, the team’s first of the season.
The big play: The Indians trailed 4-2 in the seventh with one out and runners at second and first. Boise’s LJ Hatch singled to left and Daniel Jipping raced home from second and eluded the tag by catcher Kevin Mendoza with a clever slide to the inside of the plate, and both runners moved up on the throw.
Gonzalez then singled through the right side of a drawn-in infield to plate both runs and Boise busted open a 7-2 lead.
The Good: Indians starter Tai Tiedemann was solid through four innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. DH Diosbel Arias went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Terry’s home run came one pitch after lining one down the left field line, almost taking out a spectator.
“Very nice,” manager Kenny Holmberg said of Tiedemann’s performance. “We wanted to establish a little faster tempo out of our starting pitching and stay consistent with that.
“He almost got too quick at times, but he was able to catch his breath, throttle down and make pitches in spots where he needed to.”
The Bad: Obie Ricumstrict went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and is still looking for his first hit of the season. Shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson had one ball go right through the wickets and another on the backhand that he whiffed on that went as a hit. He also went 0 for 3 – not a great first start.
The Ugly: No other way to slice it: Luis Rosario got roughed up. His manager appreciated that Rosario persevered though a couple of tough call and lack of defensive help, but his line was, well, ugly. All told, seven runs – five earned – on eight hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings. Plus, he failed to cover home quickly enough to make a play at the plate on a wild pitch in what was still a close game at that time.
The Takeaway: Tiedemann continued a string of solid starts dating back to last season. He surrendered just seven runs in his last five starts of 2017, including a win on Aug. 28.
Next Game: Indians vs. Boise in the fourth of a five-game series at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. RHP Seth Nordlin faces RHP Frederis Parra.
Minor League Report: Sunday’s Northwest League and Texas Rangers affiliates results.
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