Hawks cut Hops' lead to just one game

BOISE, Idaho - Rashad Crawford roped a bases-clearing triple in the third inning to erase an early Hillsboro lead, as the Boise Hawks won their fourth-straight game, topping the Hops, 6-2, at Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Hawks loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single - with Crawford lining a ball into the right field corner to give Boise the lead for good. Mark Zagunis followed with a RBI single to make it 4-2.

It was more than enough for Erick Leal and three relievers, as the Boise hurlers limited Hillsboro to just two hits after the third inning. Leal went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits to earn his third win of the season.

Crawford was 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to nine games - recording his fourth-straight multi-hit game and his third-straight three RBI night. Jeffrey Baez added three hits, extending his hitting streak to a Northwest League best 12 games.

The series finale is tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m., with Trevor Clifton meeting Ryan Doran.

NOTES: Hillsboro struck first in the third inning, getting an RBI single by Jordan Parr and a sacrifice fly from Steve Nyistztor - ending a streak of 11-straight games that the Hawks had scored firstthe four-game win streak by Boise is their longest since winning four in a row Aug. 21-24 of last seasonthe victory pulled Boise within one game of Hillsboro in the NWL South Division standings with 12 games remaining in the first half of the seasonright-hander Ryan Williams (10th round, East Carolina) made his Boise debut tonight, retiring all six batters, including two strikeouts.

MLB: Former Boise Hawks SS Arismendy Alcantara became the 105th former player to see action in the Major Leagues, as he was 0-for-4 in the Cubs 4-1 loss at Cincinnati.