Struggling Short-Season Boise Still Alive for Northwest League Post-Season

It has been a challenging second-half for short-season Class A Boise. The Hawks made a solid showing in the first half of Northwest League play, going 21-17, but they have lost 16 of 25 games in the second half.

With that, however, they are still very much alive for a spot in the Northwest League playoffs. Hillsboro, an affiliate of the Diamondbacks, finished first in the first half at 24-14, is leading the second half with a 17-8 record, five games in front of second-place Eugene.

Given the fact Hillsboro is in position to finish in first place in both the first half and second half, the tiebreaker is for the team with the second-best record in the second half to claim the second playoff berth. 

With 13 games remaining, Boise is only three games back of second-place Eugene, and if the teams wind up in a second-half tie Boise has the tiebreaker in that while it was 21-17 in the first half, Eugene was 14-24.

The Holliday Watch

The AAA Albuquerque Isotopes were off Monday. 

Grand Junction PIO Rookie 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333
Albuquerque PCL AAA 14 49 12 17 30 4 0 3 13 9 8 0 .347
Totals - Minors 15 52 12 18 32 5 0 3 14 10 8 0 .346

In Monday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (59-67) was off.

AA Hartford (57-66) won 4-0 at Trenton. Rico Garcia (6-1, 2.37) turned in his seventh quality starts in nine starts since his July 1 promotion from High-A Lancaster. Garcia, a 30th-round draft out of Hawaii-Pacific in 2016, worked eight shutout innings, giving up two singles and two walks, and equaling a Hartford record with 10 strikeouts. 

High A Lancaster (32-24 2nd half; 65-51) was off.

Low A Asheville (30-25 2nd half; 57-67)  lost 2-1 against Augusta. Ryan Vilade (.270) was 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored on a sacrifice fly by Todd Czinege (.305) in the eighth inning. Erick Julio (3-4, 4.43) started and allowed one run on four hits and two walks, striking out six, in five innings.

Short-Season A Boise (9-16 2nd half; 30-33) won 8-4 at Salem-Keizer. Cade Harris (.275) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, singling in a run in the first and hitting a two-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the second inning. Daniel Jipping (.293) hit his eighth home run, with a man on, in the eighth. Pearson McMahan (3-4, 6.60) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three, in five innings.

Rookie Grand Junction (14-8 2nd half; 34-26) was off.

Dominican Summer League South (22-46) lost 3-1 to the Nationals. Francisco Palma (.325) was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Victor Azor (1-3, 5.86) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four, in 4 1/3 innings.

Dominican Summer League Northeast (48-19) won 5-1 against Tigers2. Juan Toribio (6-1, 3.14) worked five shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Bladimir Restituyo (.303) was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run.

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