SPOKANE, WA - Despite Fabio Castillo's best pitching performance of the season and a sellout crowd of 7,044 Friday, the Boise Hawks (27-30) snuck away with the 3-2 win and the Northwest League East Division Lead. The Spokane Indians (26-30) fell to second place but have two more games to play against the Hawks and make up the half-game deficit.
Castillo went 5.2 innings giving up two earned runs while striking out four and walking two. While picking up the loss, the pitching prospect held Boise scoreless for five straight innings, before the Hawks jumped to a 3-1 in the sixth.
The Indians scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth frame with a sacrifice fly from Tim Rodriguez that scored Jonathan Greene.
Greene finished the game 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. For the season, the Indians catcher is hitting .282.
Spokane's Ian Gac hit his Northwest League leading fourteenth home run of the season over the centerfield fence to bring the Indians within one run of the Hawks with the score 2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
However, Boise shut the door on the Indians with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Spokane left 12 baserunners stranded throughout the game, including two bases loaded situations.
Spokane continues its series with the Boise Hawks Saturday, August 18th.