Jeimer Candelario (2 for 4, walk, run scored, 2 RBI) seems to have a knack for that clutch hit and none have been bigger than yesterday's 2-out, 9th inning triple to drive in Gioskar Amaya and Stephen Bruno to give Boise the lead. After a heart breaking loss yesterday, it was a must-win game for the Hawks as they trailed the best of 3 series 1-0. It shows the kind of character these kids have to be able to bounce back and rally late in the game when they were on the brink of elimination.
Candelario's game-winner were set up an inning earlier with another 2-out clutch triple. That one was by Albert Almora (3 for 5, double, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBI), who ended up scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4.
Boise jumped out to an early lead in the 3rd 2-0 on a 2-run HR by Gioskar Amaya, but like all season (including yesterday's playof opener), they had trouble holding the lead. Yakima tied it up in the bottom of the inning with 2 runs off starter Tayler Scott. It was Scott's only trouble spot of the day as he pitched 4 solid innings, striking out 4 and walking just one -- but unfortunately that one walk helped lead to the two runs.
The Hawks regained the lead in the 5th when Trey Martin (3 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI) doubled and scored on a single by Stephen Bruno (3 for 5, double, RBI, run), but once again they could not hold the lead. Yakima came right back in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead to set up the late inning heroics of Almora and Candelario.
After Calendario's hit, however, the Hawks made sure that Yakima wasn't going to come back this time. They went on to have a 7-run inning, all with two outs, to win the game 11-5. Tyler Bremer got the win with 3 innings of solid relief, giving up just one meaningless run in the bottom of the 9th.
It was great to see most of the Cubs big prospects come up big today in such a pressure situation. It wasn't about doing it with older players, with the exception of Stephen Bruno and winning pitcher Tyler Bremer, all the stars today were 19 or younger. You can't help but think this kind of experience will help them down the road.
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