Yaki-Vegas welcomes Hawks with a win

yakima.jpgThe sign as you drive into Yakima tells it all “The Palm Springs of Washington” – abundant golf courses, great weather, tons and tons of fresh fruit stands, and wins for the Boise Hawks.  The Hawks continued their winning ways against the Yakima Bears tonight, claiming a 5-4 victory at County Stadium on Shane Victorino bobblehead night (a 2000 Bear alum).

Josh Whitlock got a spot start tonight and was stellar, retiring the first eight men he faced, then worked out of a two-out jam in the third.  The Hawks built a 4-0 lead in the sixth, thanks to a Greg Rohan two-run single and an RBI triple by Richard Jones – his second triple in as many games.  Boise would take a 5-1 lead into the ninth, but it got interesting, as Gerson Montilla hit a three-run homer around the foul pole in left, to cut the margin to 5-4, but Ryan Sontag struck out Dan Kaczrowski to end the game.

Jose Valdez went 4-for-4 with a walk, with Logan Watkins recording three hits – both responding after a tough series in Everett.  D.J. Fitzgerald doubled and tripled – scoring the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth.

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ABOUT YAKI-VEGAS: Another term for the Yakima Valley is Yaki-Vegas, as there are numerous state-owned mini-casinos in town (including the Caribbean Casino close to the hotel that has been frequented by the Hawks over the years), along with the Legends Casino, owned and operated by the Yakama (note the spelling) Tribe.  County Stadium (pictured right) was built in 1993 on the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, next to the old Yakima Meadows horse track and the SunDome.  It has quirky demensions – just 293 down the lines (which helped Montilla’s homer tonight), but is very deep in the gaps and 406 feet to center.  Tonight’s attendance was 2,047 – about 2/3 full, but if you listened to the broadcast, you would have thought there were 12,047 fans.

THE BACON: Pitching coach David Rosario was in street clothes again tonight, serving the final game of his three-game suspension due to his ejection in Everett…skipper Casey Kopitzke handled all of the conversations on the mound…the Hawks top two hitters – Hak-Ju Lee and Justin Bour were both given the day off…Rohan’s two-run single extended his hitting streak to five games a season-high…Valdez had the Hawks fourth four-hit game of the year, joining Brett Jackson, George Matheus, and Watkins (who also had a five-hit game)…Boise has won four-straight against the Bears and are now 6-1 against Yakima this season. 

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