Yakima, turn out the lights, the party’s over…
I felt tonight like it was 2004 all over again – just as it was at the one-time only Northwest League All-Star Game to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the league. That night, in the fourth inning of the game (after Ryan Harvey won the home run derby), the power went out at Avista Stadium – and never came back on, leaving then Yakima broadcaster Chad Goldberg to talk for 75 minutes before the game was postponed.
Fast-forward to tonight, the first-ever minor league game managed by Hawks skipper, Casey Kopitzke. The lights were turned on at the park in the third inning, but I noticed they were off by the fifth. By the time the eighth inning rolled around – it was getting dark, still no lights. Luckily after a 17 minute delay, the 3/4 of the lights were on – allowing play to finish. According to Hawks groundskeeper Jeff Israel, something was overloading the power grid at the part, tripping the turn-off switch. He said that the electric company will be out in the morning.
Speaking of the game – what a performance by the Hawks pitching staff, not allowing an earned run in the game. Jeff Antigua kept the Yakima batters off balance, with Dionis Nunez recording his second-straight quality appearance. Mike Perconte knuckled down in the ninth, getting the final three outs for the save.
Despite two errors in the opening innings that allowed two runs to score, the Hawks defense was stellar – as Kevin Soto made a pair of diving catches in the outfield, while Greg Rohan made a nice diving snag of a grounder in the first inning.
THE BACON – During the game, two of the Hawks’ interns, Bryan and Nicole, competed in multiple events throughout the night – part of the Seven Deadly Sunday’s promotion…Bryan at one point was doing an “izzy-dizzy race in a snorkle and flippers, while Nicole was in a bikini, and both had to dance on top of the dugout…the crowd was announced at 2,198 – but a very boisterous 2,198…
NOTES – Hak-Ju Lee saw his eight-game hit streak snapped, but reached base twice…the Hawks did not allow an earned run in the game, while holding their opponent to the fewest number of runs this season…Chicago Cubs vice president of player personnel, Oneri Fleita is in Boise to watch the three-game series…former Hawk, Garret Anderson hit his fourth HR of the season in Atlanta’s 2-1 win over Boston.