The Boise Hawks (11-9) looked well rested after their first off day of the season as they cruised to a 5-4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds (8-12) to win their second game in a row. The win keeps the Hawks in first place in the East Division of the Northwest League.
The game didn't start well for the Hawks as the Ems scored two runs in the first to take an early 2-0 lead.
Fortunately Boise responded in their half of the first with a rally of their own. Alvaro Ramirez led off the bottom of the first with a double and came in on the very next at bat as Pierre LePage singled to score Ramirez and make it a 2-1 ball game. LePage is still batting a scorching and team best .350. Jesus Morelli came to the dish next and doubled to right to score LePage and the Hawks deficit was erased making the game 2-2. A few batters later Micah Gibbs sacrafice fly gave the Hawks the lead for good.
In the second Alvaro Ramirez added to the Hawks lead with an RBI triple and in the third Arismendy Alcantara's sac fly made it a 5-2 ball game. The Hawks wouldn't score again.
That wasn't a problem because their pitching was solid. Marcos Perez started the game off well pitching 4.2 innings allowing only one earned run. His performance was followed up by 1.1 solid innings from Eric Jokish who got the victory, his first of the season. Danny Keefe and Aaron Kurcz closed things out. Kurcz got his first save of the season despite allowing a home run to make the final score 5-4.
Boise and Eugene will be back at it on Friday night, first pitch is set for 7:15.