Walk off magic vs. NWL’s best
To say that the Boise Hawks have struggled recently against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes would be an understatement – which makes tonight’s 3-2 victory in 11 innings that much more sweeter. Since the 2004 season, the Hawks had a 11-44 record against the Giants affiliate, never winning more than four games in a season against S-K during that stretch, while the 2007 team went 0-10 against the Volcanoes.So, when Justin Bour (pictured left) singled home Hak-Ju Lee with the winning run – it got the five-game set off on the right foot, the first time since opening night, 2003, that Boise won Game 1 of a series against S-K.
Boise had to do it late against closer Drew Bowlin, who has blown one save and allowed just three runs all year. The previous blown save was in the Hawks first win of the season in Keizer, as Jae-Hoon Ha’s RBI double in the ninth game the Hawks a 5-4 victory. Fast forward to tonight, as Brett Jackson’s one-out triple (thanks to a dropped ball deep in left-center by Jose Medina) in the 9th set the table for Ha, who legged out an infield single to send the game to extras.
THE BACON: S-K is 17-2 this season when leading heading into the 9th – the two losses, against Boise…the Hawks are now 8-3 in one-run games this year and a perfect 3-0 in extra inning games…Tarlandus Mitchell continues to be stellar in a starting role, going four and two-thirds innings of shutout ball tonight, without walking a man…he has now thrown 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings…
Logan Watkins had another multi-hit game, extending his hitting streak to ten games…Jackson has reached safely in all 14 games as a Hawk, while Lee has reached in 25 of 26 games this year…Ryan Sontag tossed two scoreless innings tonight after returning to Boise after he and his wife Amy celebrated the birth of their first child – daughter Emily (pictured with dad)…she weighed seven pounds and was 19 inches in length…Congratulations!!!
NOTES – High temperature in Boise today was 106 degrees, breaking the old record of 103 for today, set in 2003…over the last two games, Hawks opponents have committed six errors – all by outfielders…with Tri-City’s 4-3 loss to Eugene, the Hawks pull within six games of the top spot and at 12-16, it is as close to .500 as they have been all season…Boise has won eight of their last 11 at home.