Slumping Hawks lose fourth in a row
The tale of the Boise-Everett series was evident again this evening – as the Hawks jumped ahead for the second straight night, leading 3-0 after three innings – including the second home run of the season by Justin Bour (pictured left). However, the squad battled back to take a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning – only to watch the Aquasox send nine men to the plate in the bottom of the frame, with back-to-back homers by Anthony Phillips and Matt Cerione to take the lead for good in a 7-5 loss to the Frogs.
The issues for the Hawks has been hitting with runners in scoring position in the series, as Boise has gone 3-for-21 so far in the three games in such situations – including back-to-back strikeouts by Logan Watkins and Bour in the ninth with the tying runs in scoring position to close the game. The Hawks have now lost four in a row and fall nine games below .500 for the first time since the squad was 3-12 on July 4.
THE BACON: Robert Whitenack had the longest outing by a 2009 Draft Pick, going five innings tonight, allowing three runs – and was in line to pick up his first professional win if the bullpen would have held the lead…Everett is now 17-4 at home this season – tops in the Northwest League…Jose Valdez and Hak-Ju Lee now share the league lead in stolen bases with 15 each…Hawks pitching coach David Rosario was ejected in the sixth inning arguing a balk call on Yohan Gonzalez.
THE MASCOT GAME: Unlike most teams in the NWL, the Aquasox have not one, but two mascots – Frank the Hot Dog and Webbly the Frog (hence the nickname, the Frogs)…the duo are very popular around the North Puget Sound area and frequently have their mascot friends, including the Mariner Moose join them at the park. In fact, last year when we were in Everett – it was Frank the Hot Dog bobblehead night.