Holmes helps Hops rally
The Hillsboro Hops found a bit of middle ground at the plate, and then won the game with defense up the middle.
Specifically, 20-year-old center fielder Tray'mayne Holmes from Tallahasse, Florida, was a star on Friday in a 6-5 victory at the Spokane Indians.
The 6-0, 165-pound Holmes hit his first professional home run, then made two highlight reel catches in the seventh inning .
The Hops were coming off a two-hit game and loss to Spokane on Thursday. That followed a 25-hit game and win over Everett on Wednesday.
On Friday, the Hops got five hits, which, along with seven walks, helped them score enough to spoil the outcome for 6,908 at Avista Stadium.
Hops manager was ejected before the first pitch, after two Hillsboro relievers, Cal Becker and Kevin Ginkel, were tossed moments after the national anthem, following a bizarre contest between the bullpens over who could stand still the longest after the music.
Eudy Ramos' two-run home run in the first put Hillsboro on top, 2-0.
Spokane tied the score with single runs in the second and fourth innings, then took the lead with two runs in the fifth.
Hillsboro got one back in the sixth, as Holmes, an 11th-round draft pick of the parent Arizona Diamondbacks this year, homered to slice the deficit to 4-3.
Down 5-3 after eight innings, the Hops got three decisive runs in their final at-bat, and the Erbert Gonzalez worked the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save. He gave up one hit, a two-out double, but struck out Jonah McReynolds to end the game.
Elsewhere in the NWL on Friday: The Eugene Emeralds won 5-2 at home over the Tri-City Dust Devils; the Vancouver Canadians won 7-3 in 10 innings at the Boise Hawks; and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were 9-7 winners at the Everett AquaSox.
Standings in the NWL South Division: Hillsboro 13-10, Eugene 12-11, Boise 11-12, Salem-Keizer 10-13.
In the North Division: Vancouver 16-7, Tri-City 13-10, Everett 9-14, Spokane 8-15.