Boise's season has come down to one game. After a heartbreaking loss on Thursday in which they blew a 7-1 lead, the Hawks evened up the series 1-1 behind two of their most talented pitchers.
Pierce Johnson and Jose Arias combined to go 7.2 innings without walking a batter and striking out 11. They allowed just one unearned run between them.
Johnson started the game and went 3 innings allowing just one run. The first runner got on a dropped 3rd strike though catcher Wilson Contreras scooped it easily. Unfortunately, he threw it into RF to put the runner on 3rd. He scored when Johnson threw a second wild pitch, this one was all on Johnson. Contreras had little chance of making the scoop. Other than that pair of wild pitches, however, Johnson was dealing. He allowed just 3 hits, walked none and struck out 6. Johnson already shows a good mix of pitches, throwing a fastball, cutter, and a curve.
Jose Arias came on in relief in the 4th with the Hawks down 1-0 and kept Vancouver scoreless through the 7th inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Hawks finally got on the board to tie the game 1-1 when Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario drew consecutive walks and Vogelbach eventually scored on an infield single by Contreras.
Vancouver finally got to Arias in the 8th, however to regain the lead. Arias retired the first two batters before surrendering a triple. On the play, Albert Almora crashed face first in the wall and had to be removed from the game. He also will not play in game 3. Arias was also was then taken out in favor of LHP Nathan Dorris, who promptly allowed a double to allow the inherited runner to score and give the Canadians a 2-1 lead. In all, Arias went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and just the one run. He did not walk a batter and struck out 5.
Boise tied the game again 2-2 in the 8th on a walk by Trey Martin and an RBI double by Stephen Bruno. After a scoreless inning by Dorris, the Hawks had the chance to take the lead in the bottom of the 9th and send this series to a 3rd and final game.
If there's one batter you want coming up in this big situation it's Jeimer Candelario, who has been getting big hits all year for Boise and once again, he did not disappoint. He led off with a double. After Izaac Garsez was hit by a pitch and Rock Shoulders drew a walk to load the bases, Wilson Contreras got his 2nd RBI of the game to tie up the series 1-1. Click here to check out the box score.
The rubber game is tomorrow when the Hawks will send Tayler Scott to the mound to try and take the NWL title home.
Here are the highlights to the Game 2 victory...
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