Hopefully there were not many fans disappointed that I did not write a blog entry yesterday – as I decided to relax with my wife when I got home last night – knowing what is looming ahead during the next week.
So, we have to catch up on a few things. Monday saw the Hawks rally from 4-0 down to claim their fifth one-run victory of the season, 5-4 over Eugene. Kudos to the two-out magic, as RBI doubles from Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Williams pulled the club within one, with Brett Jackson roping a two-run triple in the seventh to give Boise the lead for good.
What a solid job by Mike Perconte in the closer’s role, getting the final six outs – including a big 6-4-3 double play on slugger Nate Freiman to close out the eight.
Unfortunately, a three-game win streak was not in the cards, as three Eugene pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 6-0 win. Frustrating was the word, as the Hawks managed to get just four balls out of the infield through eight innings, with both hits infield singles.
Great performance by Tarlandus Mitchell (left), who pitched three and two-thirds hitless innings in the start – walking four, but fanning three. Many fans were in dismay that the Texan was coming out with two outs and none on in the fourth – but the Cubs have a strict pitch count limit and Mitchell was at the end of his string.
BACON: The Hawks have failed to hit a home run in ten games at Memorial Stadium this season and have failed to hit a long ball in 11-straight games…if they do not hit one tomorrow, it will be tough in Vancouver – which surrenders the fewest HR’s year in and year out in the NWL…Boise is last in HR’s with two, as Vancouver hit their third HR of the season tonight…Jackson has hit safely in all four games as a Hawk, while Ha saw his seven-game hit streak snapped tonight…as a starter, Mitchell has not allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings, but allowed nine runs in two innings of work out of the bullpen.
NOTES: The team will embark on the 604 mile journey to Vancouver, B.C. beginning around midnight tomorrow – probably getting to the Accent Inn around lunchtime on Thursday…look for interesting pictures on the blog this weekend – especially since Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, with the Olympic Curling Arena located adjacent to Nat Bailey Stadium.
LOOKING AHEAD: I have begun a look at the 20th Anniversary of Memorial Stadium by contacting as many of the former Boise Hawks play-by-play announcers for Hawk Talk interviews. Today, I spoke with Tom Scott, who was the lead TV announcer for the Hawks in 1993 and handled PA work at Memorial Stadium throughout the 90s, along with Dave Hahn, Voice of the Hawks from 1992-95 – and Voice of the Eugene Emeralds from 1996-98. Both had great memories that will be passed on to the fans. Once we return from Vancouver, I will chat with Rob Simpson (1996-00) and Paul Chiofar (2006-07) – along with many others. It will make for interesting radio on Hawk Talk.