Day 1 at Salem-Keizer – first look at Volcanoes Stadium
The Hawks were stymied by three Volcanoes pitchers, with Sean Hoorelbeke the only player to have a multi hit game.
The team got to test out Volcanoes Stadium (left), the only park in the league with a chain link outfield fence.
Jeff Antigua was solid in his Boise debut, allowing just a two-run home run in four innings of work, walking two and striking out four. However, the bats were silent – despite a good round of BP (including this video of Jae-Hoon Ha) by the team.
For the first time this season, Boise relievers were able to make appearances without allowing a run, as Ryan Sontag got four outs and Mike Perconte got three outs to close the game.
Another negative that I heard about after the game was from catcher Matt Cerda, who’s parents were at the game, but forced to watch the game from an outfield berm (video of the park shows the berm beyond the short fence in left field) – as despite a crowd of 2,724 (well below capacity), they were not given a seat in the park (unless they bought one). For me, my vantage point (pictured above) is a small booth – but the window makes it tough to see.
Tomorrow will see the first team lift on the road – which I will be attending…not sure what the staff will make me do?