One Pitch / Cubs have signed 13 picks

 For the first time in five games, the Boise Hawks bullpen was outstanding – allowing just one hit over nearly seven innings of work, however, that one hit was a two-run home run, as Salem-Keizer extended the Hawks season-opening losing streak to five games with a 5-3 win.

There was a very intimate crowd at Volcanoes Stadium, as the crowd was announced at just over 2,200 – but you be the judge as this video shows how many fans were in the ballpark during the national anthem.

Cliff Andersen was the story offensively, knocking in three runs – two on a first inning double, but Boise did not get a runner to second base in the final four innings.  Really impressed by Robert Whitenack, the Division III draft pick out of SUNY-Old Westbury, who used his knuckle curve and a solid fastball to retire all six men he faced.

A broadcaster's roomTHE BACON: To the left is the den of the broadcaster on the road – the desk in the hotel room.  Since my laptop monitor is dead, I have to bring another screen with me, plus with my diet – you notice it is diet soda there (went with the Walmart brand since it was 59 cents – sorry Pepsi) and the bottle of water has been refilled countless times.

Went to the gym with the team for the mandatory workout – something I have never done in my years with the club.  My wife and I are on a major diet and working out is something we consider a priority right now, so I am going to take every advantage I can on the road.  After 20 minutes of row machine, a 15 minute jog and a 15 minute walk, I watched something hillarious, as Jae-Hoon Ha and Tarlandus Mitchell were playing racquetball in a court below – neither knowing the facets of the game.  Those who had finished their workouts were huddled around the court – it was REALLY funny.

After the game, I accompanied the team to Applebee’s for dinner – for me, it was a small salad, unlike in the past, which it would have been a full order of nachos, some mozzarella stick, and some beer.  The mood of the team is upbeat, although the losing is beginning to wear on some of the players – especially the veterans.

NEWS: Carrie Muskat of cubs.com has reported that Brett Jackson, the Cubs first-round pick, has signed and following a physical, will report to Boise to begin his professional career.  It would mark the sixth-straight year that a first-round pick has been assigned to Boise (2004 Ryan Harvey/Lou Montanez/Luke Hagerty, 2005 Mark Pawelek/Luke Hagerty, 2006 Mark Pawelek/Tyler Colvin, 2007 Mark Pawelek/Josh Vitters/Kyler Burke, 2008 Mark Pawelek/Josh Vitters/Kyler Burke/Andrew Cashner/Ryan Flaherty).

SIGNINGS:  With the signing of Brett Jackson, it marks 13 official signings by the Cubs – including the four players (Whitenack, Petraitis, Rohan, Keefe) with the Hawks (although Jackson is the only one that the Cubs have announced)…others include Wes Darvill (5th round), Charles Thomas (10th), John Mincone (11th), Cody Shields (15th), Matt Williams (18th), DJ Fitzgerald (22nd), Justin Bour (25th), and Tim Clubb (29th) – who are all in the Arizona Rookie League.

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