Walk off winner starts a frenzy

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for images.jpgNorthing jumpstarts a club more than a walk-off win, let alone a come-from-behind walk off victory in extra innings.

For the Hawks tonight, a pitchers dual filled with missed opportunities turned into extra inning drama at Memorial Stadium – as Boise and Yakima played nine scoreless innings before the tenth was jammed full of excitement.

The Bears loaded the bases in their half without an out – a double, a hit by pitch, and a walk, but reliever Ryan Sontag nearly tip-toed out of it, getting one of 16 K’s by the Hawks staff and a fielders choice out a home.  However, Jorge Corniel took a pitch Sontag was trying to back-door on the outside edge and poked it down the right field line for a two-run double, giving the visitors the lead.

However, the Hawks, who had two walk off winners last year vs. Yakima, did not quit.  University of Utah product Brian Budrow walked Alvaro Sosa and Kevin Soto and Jose Valdez moved them up with a bunt.  Enter Hak-Ju Lee, who was struck out by Budrow in the eighth, but got redemption by slapping a double down the left field line to tie the score.  Logan Watkins was then intentionally walked by reliever Pedro Rodriguez, setting up Greg Rohan’s game-winning RBI single off the warning track in center (hear the call
walkoff.wma) – as the entire team mobbed around home plate in the celebration – including the guys in the bullpen.

THE BACON: The game tonight was moved up to 6:35 p.m. due to lighting issues at Memorial Stadium – although the stadium lights were on throughout the game, game time for tomorrow’s series finale is also set for 6:35 (instead of 7:15)…pitching was solid for the Hawks for the second-straight night, as before the RBI double by Corniel in the 10th, the Hawks had reeled off 21 2/3 straight innings without allowing an earned run…Tarlandus Mitchell led the way, fanning six in his three inning start, while Yohan Gonzalez struck out five, retiring nine of the ten men he faced…the 16 strikeouts by the Hawks staff was their most since fanning 18 batters at Tri-City last year…with two hits tonight, Jose Valdez has now hit safely in all five games at Memorial Stadium…since his 0-for-12 start, Greg Rohan is six for his last 11, including two doubles…

NOTES: The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, announced four roster moves following tonight’s game – as catcher/infielder John Contreras has been promoted to Advanced-A Daytona, catcher Matt Williams (18th Round out of Duke) and pitcher Corey Martin (26th Round out of Western Carolina) have been promoted from the Mesa Cubs, while first-baseman Sean Hoorelbeke was released.  For Martin, he will be reunited with his former college teammate Brent Greer, a shortstop for Yakima, while for Hoorelbeke, he will look to begin his teaching career in Michigan, after earning his teaching certificate during the past off season.

AROUND THE HORN: Former Hawk (’02) Ricky Nolasco allowed just two runs in eight innings last night, helping the Florida Marlins to a 4-2 win over Washington…former Hawks Casey Coleman (’08), Jay Jackson (’08), and Blake Lalli (’06) were named to the Southern League North Division all-star team, with Coleman picking up his eighth win of the season last night for Tennessee.

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