Hawks Still Alive in Playoff Race

BOISE, Idaho - A six-run bottom of the seventh inning, capped by a two-run Johnny Defendis single helped the Boise Hawks keep their Eastern Division pennant hopes alive, knocking off the Spokane Indians, 9-6, before 2,614 fans at Memorial Stadium.

After the Indians scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3, Boise would send ten men to the plate to take the lead for good. Brandon Taylor would reach on an error with one out, followed by singles by Jake Muyco and Mark Reed to load the bases. Davy Gregg would single off the glove of reliever Juan Maldonado to plate Taylor, followed by an RBI infield single by Jonathan Mota to make it 6-5. A wild pitch by Maldonado would score Reed to tie the game.

After Chris Gaskin would walk, Defendis greeted left-hander Jesse Hall with a hard comebacker that went off his glove into shallow left field, scoring two runs to give the Hawks the lead for good.

With the win, Boise pulled to within one game of Spokane in the East. The Hawks must win the remaining two games of the series and would clinch the Division with a Tri-City loss to Yakima.

The Hawks would take a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a Taylor two-run homer, but the Tribe would rally, scoring once in the sixth, then getting a bases-loaded walk followed by a Freddie Thon two-run double to take the 6-3 lead.

Mota went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with the homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. Spokane starter Doug Mathis went six strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out eight.

Tommorow night, right-hander Scott Taylor makes his second start for the Hawks, while lefty Broc Coffman goes for Spokane.

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