Boise’s Pindle leads Hawks’ 7-1 stifling of Ogden Raptors
OGDEN — On a surprisingly windy Friday night in Ogden, the Boise Hawks avoided a three-game sweep against the Raptors thanks to their starting pitcher.
Right-hander Buddy Pindle threw as much of a gem as might exist in the Pioneer League, allowing just four hits in seven scoreless innings to lead the Hawks in a 7-1 win over the Raptors at Lindquist Field.
And in a stunning finish in Grand Junction, the Rockies turned a 5-0 deficit into a 5-4 mark then, with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, got a walk and a grand slam to beat the Northern Colorado Owlz for the third straight night, 9-5.
Those two results return Grand Junction to the top of the South Division, tied with Ogden at 18-15 and holding the head-to-head tiebreaker with 15 games left in the first half.
Ogden rarely threatened to score against Boise’s pitching. The Hawks’ three pitchers issued only one walk while allowing eight total hits.
Pindle’s biggest trouble came in the fourth when Reese Alexiades and Freddy Achecar singled consecutively with one out. That trouble was quickly erased when Pindle got Jesus Valdez to ground into a double play.
The next threat came in the eighth when Pindle finally exited. Dakota Conners and Sonny Ulliana led off the frame with singles against new Boise pitcher Byron Smith. But Smith got the next two batters to fly out, Noah McBride entered and induced a groundout from Pat Adams to end the inning.
McBride pitched the ninth, giving up an infield single to Achecar who lined one off McBride’s legs; Achecar then scored and broke the shutout when Valdez lined a double to deep center that glanced off the glove of Tyler Jorgensen racing toward the wall.
Boise went up 2-0 in the third against Ogden starter Jack Cunningham thanks to doubles down the left-field line from Haloa Dudoit and Juan Teixeira.
Catcher Sean Skelly hit a solo homer to left in the fourth to make it 3-0, where it stood until the seventh when Jacob Cruce singled in Teixeira to put Boise up 4-0.
The Hawks put it out of reach in the eighth against new Raptors pitcher Austin Henrich, who got two quick outs before walking two and surrendering a home run to Teixeira for a 7-0 score.
Achecar led Ogden at the plate, hitting 3 for 4. Teixeira led Boise by going 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Ogden next travels to Idaho Falls for a three-game series July 2-4 against the Chukars.
Boise 7, Ogden 1
Grand Junction 9, Northern Colorado 5
Rocky Mountain 4, Billings 3
Great Falls 12, Glacier 5
Idaho Falls 8, Missoula 4
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Through July 1
Idaho Falls 19-12
Great Falls 20-13
Grand Junction 18-15
Northern Colorado 12-18
Rocky Mountain 9-22