It was great to know you, Brett Jackson…
The life of the clubhouse has been taken from the Boise Hawks following tonights game – as Brett Jackson has been promoted by the Chicago Cubs to the Peoria Chiefs…no more shaving cream pies (after the one tonight to Jae-Hoon Ha), no more happy-go-lucky guy in the clubhouse, no more first-round pick in 2009.
With Gary Hughes in attendance last night (the special assistant to Cubs GM Jim Hendry), Jackson closed out his Boise career with a 4-for-5 game, upping his batting average to .330, finishing with a ten-game hit streak and reaching base in every game as a Hawk.
As much as the fans and media will miss Jackson, his abilities are more suited for the ranks of Peoria or Daytona – not short-season A ball.
LAST NIGHT’S DEBACLE: Lost in the ranks of a 15-5 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday wasn’t so much the lopsided score, but the fact that the C’s showed up and played – as the squad was stuck for seven hours in Pendleton, Ore., due to bus problems. Boise had their chances, but could not muster a hit with the bases-loaded and no outs – twice grounding into double plays. The bright spot was a solid job by Yohan Gonzalez, not allowing an earned run in three innings of relief.
SEE-SAW GAME: Tonight seemed like another repeat, as Vancouver jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second, but the Hawks pieced together their biggest rally of the year, stringing together nine hits in a seven-run inning. Ha provided the big blow, ripping a three-run homer over the left-field wall, his first professional home run and just the sixth hit this season by the Hawks. Runey Davis had three hits, including a double and triple in the third inning alone, and Ryan Sontag retired the final four men in order for his third save.
THE BACON: Left-handed hitters are now 0-for-19 against Sontag this season…Jose Valdez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-hit night…Tarlandus Mitchell left the game in the sixth inning with a strained muscle, according to trainer Dan Golden – he will be re-evaluated tomorrow…