A Power Surge, but another loss
Playing in one of the smaller ball parks in the entire Northwest League, the Boise Hawks recorded their first multi home run game of the season tonight, however, a couple of miscues led Everett to a 6-4 victory.
Hak-Ju Lee muscled up in the first, leading off the game with his first professional home run, while Bobby Wagner (pictured left) hit a long two-run shot over the manual scoreboard in right-center in the fourth to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
Unfortunately, Boise could not hold the lead, as converted outfielder D.J. Fitzgerald made a miscue in left for the second time in three games, dropping a fly ball in the fourth that led to two unearned runs. Then in the eighth, Ryan Sontag was called for a balk with the go-ahead run at third base for Everett – giving the Frogs the lead for good.
Tonight marked the Boise debut of Trey McNutt, who tossed two eventful innings, allowing one earned run, one walk, and striking out three. He also had a pair of wild pitches.
EATING RIGHT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Two of my favorite restaurants in all of the Northwest League are within walking distance of the team hotel – the Holiday Inn Downtown Everett. Across the street from the hotel is Hunan Palace, a fabulous Chinese restaurant with lunch specials that fit the players per diem budgets (for instance, sweet & sour chicken, fried rice and chow mein, soup, and appetizer for $5.25) – with huge portions. In the past, they have had karaoke in the lounge in the evenings – where many a former Hawks trainer has joined me on the stage. Another great restaurant is the Buzz Inn Steakhouse, located just a block from the ball park and less than a mile hike from the hotel. The Buzz Inn has home cooked meals with great prices – like a Rib Eye with all of the fixins for $9.95. They have a monster club sandwich, one that in my prime, I could not finish.
THE BACON: With their third-straight loss, the Hawks dropped to eight-games below the .500 mark, their lowest point since they were 4-12 early in the season…Su-Min Jung equaled his longest start of the season, going three innings, allowing just the lead-off homer in the first inning.