Yorvis Torrealba Leads Boise Hawks Over Hillsboro Hops 2-1
Yorvis Torrealba ended up a home run short of the cycle but he did just about everything else including scoring the go ahead run as the Boise Hawks defeated the Hillsboro Hops 2-1. Torrealba did have plenty of help from his teammates as well as a lock down pitching staff.
Both sides started out as if we would need extra innings just to score a run. Ryne Nelson started out for the Hops and, except for a two-single blip in the second inning, almost mowed down three innings worth of Hawks players. Not only did Nelson strike out six batters in his short start, he also performed quick reaction defense.
One of those singles in the second inning blip was a line drive shot straight back at the pitcher’s mound. Quick reactions contorted his body out of the way and brought the glove up to snap the bullet going by his head. By the time it was over (in a blink of the eye), fans took a moment to wonder where the ball went to. To their surprise, it was in Nelson’s glove.
Jeffri Ocando started for the Hawks. Ocando lost the three previous outings, giving up 14 runs in a little over five innings. He needed to snap out of his funk and regain his groove. Starting with the first pitch, Ocando must have already found it. Jorge Barrosa struck out on three straight pitches. Dominic Canzone needed five pitches for his strikeout. In five innings, Jeffri struck out six and limited the Hops to one unearned run on three hits.
Runs proved hard to come by through out the night. The Hops only run of the night seemed out of place. Newcomer Corbin Carroll led off with a solid stand up triple in the fifth inning. Moments later, a wild pitch going to the backstop gave Carroll the easy stroll home to give the Hops their only lead of the night.
The lead lasted until the top of the seventh. With two outs, Ezequial Tovar singled and stole second. Another wild pitch sent him to third. All before Joe Aeilts hit his RBI single to tie the game. Next inning, Yorvis Torrealba hit his triple and came home on Tyler Plantier’s RBI single. The lead, 2-1, proved to be the final score.
Yorvis Torrealba earned the offensive star of the game with his 3 for 4 outing that included a single, double and triple along with his scoring the winning run. Joel Condreay (W, 3-1) owned the mound during the go ahead run for the win. The usually solid Bryan Menendez (L, 0-3) gave up the Torrealba triple and score for the loss.
Corbin Carroll shined for the Hops with his triple and only score of the night for the home team. Lyle Lin doubled and Jorge Barrosa also tripled but both were stranded at their respective bases.
As a result, the loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops into a tie with the Eugene Emeralds atop the Southern Division. The Boise Hawks climbed into a third place tie with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Both teams meet again Thursday night for game two of the three game series.
Micah Kaczor (1-1) takes the mound for the Hawks. In his last appearance, Kaczor went five innings giving up three runs on six hits for the win. Meanwhile, Conor Grammes (0-1) starts for the Hops. In Grammes last outing, Grammes didn’t get out of the inning, surrendering two runs on no hits for the loss.
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