Hawks Earn Key 8-7 Win in Vancouver

watkins.jpgNeed a win in a big way, the Boise Hawks scored their most runs of the season away from Memorial Stadium and needed every one of them, hanging on for an 8-7 victory over Vancouver, Sunday afternoon.

Providing the big spark was Logan Watkins (pictured left), who drove in four runs in the game – including a key two-run double in the fourth inning (audio –
Watkins2B.wma).  The 19-year-old from Kansas also played the final eight innings of the game in leftfield, his first venture into the outfield this season.

Also providing some spark was centerfielder, Brett Jackson, who ended a long Boise home run drought with a two-run shot in the first inning (audio
JacksonHR.wma) and made a couple nice running catches in the field.  Runey Davis went 3-for-5, including a two-run single in the third inning that put the Hawks up, 4-1.

Robert Hernandez was outstanding on the mound, going five innings of two-hit ball to pick up his first win of the year.  Despite control issues from the bullpen, Dionis Nunez gutted through the final five outs for his first save.

curling.jpgAROUND VANCOUVER: One of the neat things around Nat Bailey Stadium, is adjacent to the park.  With the 2010 Winter Olympics coming to Vancouver, many new facilities have been built for the event – including the Vancouver Olympic Centre (pictured right), which will seat when completed 6,500 spectators for Curling events.  In Richmond, where we are staying, is the Olympic, a new venue has been constructed for long track speed skating.

OUR HOTEL: The Accent Inn is located in Richmond, a community just south of Vancouver proper – on the south edge of the Fraser River.  Outside of a McDonalds and a Sports Pub, there are no eateries within six-blocks of the hotel, but within two miles, there are tons of multi-ethnic varieties to choose from – Indian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, German, Dutch, along with local diners.  I have one of the better rooms at this hotel – two TV’s, including a flat screen, and good internet (check out some video of my room).  The hotel staff even brought me a microwave up so I could cook some meals I brought with me on the trip.  (Side Note – for the longtime followers of the Hawks, this is the same hotel that caught fire when the team was in Vancouver back in 2005 – but everything has been renovated).

THE BACON: The Hawks have won seven games this year – six by one run margins (6-2 in one-run games)…Jae-Hoon Ha had to leave today’s game after being hit on the left arm by a fastball, forcing Watkins to move into left field – as the Hawks had just two position players available on the bench (Hak-Ju Lee, who went to SS, and catcher Matt Williams)…the home run by Jackson was the first by the Hawks since June 26 – the span of 14 games…Nunez saw his scoreless inning streak ended at 10.1 innings tonight – the first earned run allowed by the righty since June 24.

DSC02117.JPGYOU BE THE JUDGE: To the left is Vancouver’s mascot, Bob Brown Bear – which I think is one of the cutest mascot’s in the league (right up there with Boomer the Bear in Yakima – sorry Humphrey).  However, Bob is very similar to the A&W bear that is portrayed all over the ballpark (local A&W owners are part-owners of the C’s).  They did have an outstanding promotion this afternoon – $1.00 (Canadian) A&W root beer floats for charity.

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