Bring out the Brooms
Boy has the home cooking at Memorial Stadium fattened up the Boise Hawks offense…Winners of five of their last six at home, the Hawks piled up 29 runs and 44 hits in a three-game sweep of the Yakima Bears, including a 6-0 shutout tonight.
Looking back at the series – the pitching was solid, as Josh Whitlock was dominant on Thursday night, allowing just one hit in four innings of work, Robert Hernandez continued to cruise, allowing just two hits in four innings of work, and Yohan Gonzalez had an encouraging outing, going three innings of shutout ball last night, facing the minimum.
On the attack, the top of the order was nearly unstoppable against Yakima – as Hak-Ju Lee posted multi-hit games in all three wins, Logan Watkins had ten hits in the three games, and Brett Jackson lived on base – drawing seven walks in the three wins.
The power for the Hawks began to show up – with newcomer Justin Bour hitting a long homer on Thursday, with Greg Rohan hitting a two-run shot to left to cap the scoring on Friday. Boise also had a pair of triples and eight doubles during the series.
THE BACON: It has been tough to be the on-field Ram Tough Player of the Game this week – as pranksters in the clubhouse have struck each night with shaving cream pies…Watkins, Bour, and Rohan have all drawn chuckles from the fans. In talking with Whitlock today, he stated that it is Jackson, “Who seems to be in the middle of the shaving cream each night.” Bour’s home run was the first this season at Memorial Stadium for the Hawks – dating all the way back to August 28, 2008, when Ryan Flaherty homered in a 9-4 win over the same Yakima Bears…Watkins’ five-hit game on Thursday was a rarity, as only four players last season recorded five-hit games (including the Hawks Sean Hoorelbeke)…the 20 hits by Boise on Thursday marked the second-straight season on July 16 that the Hawks had 20 or more hits – as last year, they recorded 22 knocks in a 10-4 win over Tri-City.
NOTES – With Spokane’s 12-8 victory over Tri-City tonight, the Hawks move within seven games of the Dust Devils in the NWL East – with Tri-City losing their first game in 12 outings against an East Division opponent…down in Mesa, two Cubs draft picks – Chris Rusin out of Kentucky (4th Round) and Wes Darvill of Canada (5th Round) have reported and played in their first game.
AROUND THE MINORS: Former Hawk Sergio Mitre (’01) is set to be called up by the New York Yankees on Tuesday to start against Baltimore…Mitre has been out of the big leagues since 2007, battling arm injuries…Brian Dopirak (’03), the Eastern League’s leader in home runs (19) and RBI (83) was promoted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the Las Vegas 51’s in the Pacific Coast League…