From Bad to Worse…
Today was not a banner evening for the Boise Hawks, as for the first time since the 2002 season, the Hawks were on the losing end of a complete game shutout, falling 4-0 to the Everett Aquasox. Andres Esquibel, a 38th Round Pick last season by the Mariners, got 13 ground ball outs in the victory – allowing just one runner in scoring position, spinning the three-hitter. It marked the first complete game shutout by a Boise opponent since Pat Misch (who has pitched for both the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets) blanked the Hawks in 2002, and was just the second complete game in the Northwest League this season.
It didn’t take long for this one, as the one hour, 58 minute contest was the shortest game in the league in 2009 – and the shortest Hawks game since a one hour, 57 minute game vs. Spokane in 2005.
Couple things from Hawks trainer, Dan Golden – the Cubs have placed pitcher Tarlandus Mitchell on the 7-Day DL, due to his injury sustained on July 30 against Vancouver…Mitchell injured a muscle in his upper body after throwing a pitch…he is headed to Mesa, Ariz., and the Cubs rehab facility…also, fall-out was swift by the Northwest League after pitching coach David Rosario’s ejection last night for arguing a balk call, as Rosario missed tonight’s game and the next two – as part of his suspension by the NWL office.
THE BACON: Justin Bour broke up Esquibel’s no-hit bid in the fifth, extending his hit streak to seven games…all 11 hits between the teams in the game were singles…Chris Rusin was sharp tonight, despite the loss, allowing just two hits, no walks, and fanning six…the Hawks have now lost five games in a row for the third time this season and fall ten games below the .500 mark for the first time this year – and are just 2-8 since Mike Sharp went on record stating that the team will win the NWL East this year (I stated that the goal should be to get to the .500 – then worry about the pennant).