It was getaway day in the Tri-Cities, with the highlight of the day coming at the hotel – when my son (pictured to the left) got a chance to play in the swimming pool. You know it is a bad night, when the almost two year old puts on a headset during the game and talks about baseball with dad – just trying to get through a 33-minute half inning.
To say the Hawks performance was a disappointment was an understatement – considering they were playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season (a stadium record 3,794 fans at Gesa Stadium), coming off the hard to swallow 6-5 loss last night.
Six Boise pitchers combined to walk ten batters, hit three others, the team recorded a catchers interference call, two passed balls, and a strikeout with the batter not even standing in the batters box. At one point, Tri-City pitchers had retired 17-straight Hawk batters.
What was even more disappointing was the post-game fireworks show at the stadium. Brent Miles and his staff is phenomenal – they took care of me and the club really well and get kudos for the monster crowd. But the 2-minute fireworks show had me wanting more – considering I know how long tomorrow’s show in Boise will be.
The nice thing is, after a four-hour drive home (probably walk in the door around 4:30 a.m.), it will be a new day and the Hawks can strap it on – looking for a win.
THE BACON – Alex Feinberg was the thorn in the side for the Hawks last night, as the Dust Devil second baseman, coming into the game hitting .067, reached base in all five plate appearances, including two hits and four RBI…Larry Suarez continued his control issues, walking five men in two innings of work, with all three runs scoring on a Leonardo Reyes double coming off of walks…Andres Quezada has rebounded from two tough outings, posting 1-2-3 frames in each of his last two appearances…Tri-City is now 9-0 against the NWL East and heads to Salem-Keizer for a showdown with the West Division leaders.
NOTES – It is expected that Cubs first-round pick Brett Jackson will join the Hawks on Saturday and be in the line-up as the starting center fielder…the prognosis on pitcher Su-Min Jung was a bit more optimistic from trainer Dan Golden, as the Korea native felt much better today after having to leave Thursday’s game with a shoulder injury – he will be evaluated Saturday by team doctors in Boise…the shutout loss was the first time the Hawks have been blanked this season.
STAT OF THE DAY – During the eighth inning (around 11 p.m. MT), I asked to see if anyone was listening to the game (especially since it was 12-0) and if they were – to email me. Guess what, we received 13 emails in the following five minutes. Hawks fans bleed Red, Gold, and Green.