Schwarber leads Hawks over Dust Devils, 4-2

Schwarber leads Hawks over Dust Devils, 4-2
BOISE, Idaho – Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead three-run homer in his professional debut, lifting the Boise Hawks past the Tri-City Dust Devils, 4-2, before 3,061 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players’ Draft, hit a 3-0 fastball over the right-centerfield wall in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 2-1 Tri-City lead. The former Indiana Hoosier added singles in the fourth and sixth innings – scoring Boise’s first run on a Jesse Hodges ground out in the fourth.

Tyler Ihrig was dominant in his first Boise start, retiring 15-of-16 men, striking out five, in a no-decision.

The Dust Devils struck for two seventh inning runs to erase the Hawks lead, getting a David Bergen sacrifice fly and a Dillon Thomas RBI double to make it 2-1. However, Boise responded in the bottom of the frame, as Giuseppe Papaccio singled and moved to second on a two-out walk to Mark Malave – followed by the long blast from Schwarber.

David Garner shut the door, striking out four in the final two frames, working around three singles to notch his first professional save.

Game 2 of the series is tomorrow night, with Erick Leal meeting Tony Bryant at 7:15 p.m.

NOTES:
David Bote went 3-for-4 in his return to Boise after spending the first two months at Class-A Kane County…Greyfer Eregua earned his first Northwest League win, striking out two in two innings…Ryan Garvey, son of MLB all-star Steve Garvey, singled in the eighth inning...it is the second-straight season opening win for the Hawks.