The Luck of the Ninja?
Maybe it is the good luck from Haru, Chris Farley’s character in the 1997 movie, Beverly Hills Ninja, that has helped the Boise Hawks – as the squad recorded their second-straight victory over Vancouver tonight, winning 6-3.
Why Haru? Following the tough 9-0 loss on Saturday, skipper Casey Kopitzke thought the team needed to loosen up on the bus heading back to the hotel, so he had trainer Dan Golden put the movie in. Everywhere the team has gone – to the field, to the gym, Beverly Hills Ninja has been on. And the team is 2-0.
Tonight, the Hawks took advantage of three Vancouver errors, as five of the six runs tallied were unearned. Pitching was solid, as Boise did not allow an earned run, with three pitchers combining to throw four shutout innings to close out the game.
AT THE NAT: A couple things I really like at Nat Bailey Stadium are the concourses underneath the stadium (pictured to the right), where all of the concession stands are, along with tons of memorabilia on the walls – dating back to the Western International League days. Also today, I had the opportunity to head down to the kids park and test out the C’s mini-golf course, something I mastered – but only after the camera’s stopped rolling (special thanks to the C’s media interns for their help).
THE BACON: Tarlandus Mitchell continued to impress as a starter, tossing three shutout innings, allowing just one hit…Mitchell has not allowed a run in his three starts, spanning 9.2 innings…the win for Larry Suarez was his first since 2007…Joe Simokaitis tossed two scoreless innings – his longest outing of the year, while Ryan Sontag notched his second career save, both in Vancouver…Brett Jackson had an RBI single (video of Jackson taking BP today), as he has hit safely in 8-of-9 games with the Hawks…Jose Valdez extended his hit streak to six, Logan Watkins to five games…Greg Rohan ended an 0-for-19 slump with an eighth inning single.
NOTES: Game time temperature in Vancouver was 62 degrees, Wednesday’s high in Boise for Game 1 of the Yakima series is expected at 102 degrees…with Eugene’s sweep of a doubleheader of Spokane, the Hawks moved just one-half game out of second-place in the NWL East heading into tomorrow’s series finale.