And just like that, the Cubs have a farm team playing for a league championship.
The Boise Hawks scored three times in the third inning and then held on for a 3-2 win at Yakima. With their two road wins the Cubs’ Short-Season A franchise won the best of three series two games to one and moves on to face Vancouver in the championship series. The Hawks played a five game set in Vancouver at the end of August and won three of those five. Boise just might be the favorite here.
The Northwest League Championship Series is also a best of three affair. Game One will take place tonight in Vancouver. After a travel day tomorrow, the series will conclude on Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) in Boise.
- Willson Contreras scored the Hawks’ first run on a wild pitch in the third inning. Later that inning an RBI single by Daniel Vogelbach drove in Boise’s other two tallies.
- The Hawks won this game despite not having an extra base hit all night. The six walks they drew helped their cause, as did the stolen bases by Gioskar Amaya and Albert Almora.
- Do you believe in clutch? Vogelbach’s go ahead single is his first and (so far) his only hit of the playoffs.
- Felix Pena pitched seven shutout innings in this game. The right hander allowed just five hits and struck out two.
- After Brian Smith ran into some trouble in the eighth, Eduardo Orozco stepped up for the five out save, striking out two in the process.
The most unbelievable line on the box score the last one. In a home playoff game the Yakima Bears managed to draw just 368 fans. No wonder that franchise is moving to Hillsboro, Oregon next season.