The Hawks had an easy time in their exhibition win over a primarily 35-and-over All-Star team from Boise, claiming a 21-2 victory – but it is for real on Saturday night vs. Tri-City.
Jose Valdez had a pair of triples, showcasing the speed that allowed him to swipe 26 bases in the Dominican Summer League last summer, while John Contreras, George Matheus, and Jae Hoon Ha each had three hits.
After Larry Suarez struggled with his command – exiting after two innings of a scheduled three inning appearance, converted pitcher Andres Quezada was impressive, fanning four batters.
The weather was more problematic than usual, as rain forced the start time back 21 minutes to 7:36 – as home plate and the pitchers mound was covered during the squall. More rain is in the forecast over the weekend – which probably will make usage of the Memorial Stadium tarp.
A sellout crowd will be on hand Saturday for Opening Night – and will be entertained by Reggy the Purple Party Dude…who is pretty funny.
NOTES – Mike Perconte arrived from Peoria and was in uniform, wearing No. 35…Jose Made was promoted to Peoria, while draft pick Cody Shields was sent to Mesa for an unspecified injury. It is expected that Cliff Anderson will join the team from Peoria, while 28th Round pick Jordan Petraitis of Miami (Ohio) will join the team from Mesa. Tomorrow’s game is set for 7:15 p.m., although with 20th Anniversary of Memorial Stadium hoopla before the game, start time will more than likely be late. All 76 Hawks games are carried live on flagship station 1350 KTIK-AM and online at www.boisehawks.com, while all 38 home games will be available with live video, through either www.milb.com (click on the multimedia page) or at www.boisehawks.tv.