Hawks Drop Their 7th
SPOKANE, Wash. - Alberto Triunfel went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, lifting the Spokane Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Boise Hawks, before 3,771 fans at Avista Stadium.
The win helped the Indians to a 10-1 start to the season - their best in the over 100-year history of the franchise - while the Hawks lost their seventh in a row.
Spokane struck first in the second inning, as a pair of walks and a balk put runners in scoring position - with a RBI ground out by Fernando Vivili giving the Indians the 1-0 lead.
The Hawks countered in the top of the third - as Jeffrey Baez singled home Varonex Cuevas with two-outs - but an RBI triple by Luke Tendler in the bottom of the frame gave Spokane the lead back.
In the fifth, Triunfel extended the lead to 4-1 with his blast to left, with a Zach Cone RBI single pushing the margin to 5-1.
Boise cut the lead in half in the seventh, as Jesse Hodges launched a two-run homer to left, but the Indians answered with two in the bottom of the frame - one on a bases loaded walk, another on a sacrifice fly.
Richelson Pena allowed a run on four hits to pick up his second win of the season for the Indians.
The series finale is tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m. (MT) with Tyler Ihrig meeting Ryan Ledbetter.
NOTES: The losing streak by the Hawks is their longest since dropping eight straight from July 22-30 in 2010...Hodges recorded his first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4, with Mark Malave extending his hit streak to four...Ben Wells took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out four in four innings of work...the Baez RBI single in the third was the Hawks first two-out RBI since July 19 in Eugene...Trey Lang tossed one and a third innings of scoreless relief - his fourth-straight outing without allowing an earned run.