SPOKANE -- The last three outs are the toughest to get. It’s a standard baseball cliché, but Monday, the Boise Hawks found that out the hard way.
Facing the Spokane Indians with sole possession of second place in the Northwest League on the line, Boise blew a four-run lead in the ninth, falling to Spokane 8-7.
Trever Adams’ single to centerfield off closer Bryce Shafer plated Zachary Cone with one out in the inning, as the Hawks now fall to 15-16 overall this season.
A couple of bright spots in the defeat were outfielders Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen. DeVoss, who was recently called up from the Arizona Rookie League, stole five bases in five attempts, one short of the NWL record set back in 1980. As for Chen, he continued to perform at the plate. The centerfielder went 1-for-3, upping his batting average to a team-high .301 on the summer.
"He’s been solid all year," said Hawks manager Mark Johnson. "He can flat out hit, he gets on base and makes things happen."