Hawks sweep Emeralds
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Which is hotter? The temperatures in Boise, or the Hawks?
Trick question. Both.
The Hawks won their fourth straight game Sunday night, completing a home series sweep of the Eugene Emeralds with a 6-5 victory.
Boise has won five of six meetings against Eugene this season.
"It's funny, you look at the big league level all the way down- there are some teams that will have success with one team during the season, and then (against) another team they can't find a way to buy a win," said Hawks manager Gary Van Tol.
"Sometimes you just get somebody's number."
Hitting machine Yasiel Balaguert went 2-4 and clubbed a three-run home run to left, giving Boise a 3-2 lead in the third. Balaguert has a league-best 22 RBI this season.
Despite Balaguert's bomb, Boise trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, when Rony Rodriguez doubled, plating Balaguert and cutting the deficit to 5-4. Jordan Hankins then stepped to the dish and ended his 0-12 slump with a 2 RBI single, giving the Hawks a 6-5 lead that Scott Frazier and Matt Iannazzo would hold.
Frazier, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Cubs, earned a hold in his first appearance. Saturday night, fifth-round selection Trey Masek pitched a perfect inning in his debut.
"We expect great things out of them, or we never would've selected them in the draft," said Van Tol of the two.
Boise will take its 9-8 record to Salem, where the Hawks will play a series against the first-place Volcanoes.