An Impressive Player
It was a one-man wrecking crew tonight for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the form of San Francisco Giants third-round pick Chris Dominguez (pictured left) out of Louisville. The 6-5, 240 pound third baseman clubbed his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning – a mammoth shot to left field, to get S-K on the board, then walked, stole second, and scored on a Luke Anders single in the sixth to tie the game. He then walked, stole second, and scored on Drew Biery’s RBI single in the eight for the game winning run. Dominguez looks like a big league player – and once he is able to command the strike zone, and probably end up moving to first base in the end, will definitely be a force in the Bay Area in coming years…
Hawks starter Robert Whitenack had his best stuff of the season, at one point retiring ten straight S-K batters, before the Dominguez home run in the fourth. The eighth-round pick had his knuckle-curve working tonight, getting a plethora of ground balls, while striking out three.
On base and hitting streaks continued tonight – Logan Watkins doubling in the first to push his hitting streak to 11, while both Hak-Ju Lee and Brett Jackson reached base, extending their long streaks (Lee has reached in 26 of 27 games, Jackson in all 15 games with the Hawks).
THE BACON: Despite an announced crowd of only 1,975 fans, it was a very vocal and boisterous crowd – voicing their disapproval to multiple calls by the NWL umpire crew (who I thought did a nice job – as we have the luxury of seeing replays in the press box)…Lee stole his 12th base tonight, taking over the NWL lead in that category.
A FUTURE CUBS DRAFT PICK?: You be the judge, as my son tried his hand at T-Ball for the first time today