Memorial Stadium Magic, Part 4
Longtime Voice of the Hawks called it in our recent Hawk Talk interview, “Memorial Stadium Magic” – all of the wild, come-from-behind victories that the Hawks have been able to muster on their home field over the years.
Chalk up the fourth version of MSM this season – thanks to Texan Runey Davis (pictured left). First this season it was Greg Rohan singling home the winning run in the ninth against Yakima on June 29, George Matheus doing the same in the 10th against Eugene on July 5, and Justin Bour singling home the game-winner in the 11th against Salem-Keizer on July 18.
Last night, the game started with a bang, as shortstop Hak-Ju Lee muscled up for a three-run home run in the second (listen to the radio call
LeeHR.wma) to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, the club could not hold the lead, trailing 7-5 in the eighth with two outs. However a walk and single put the tying runs on, with Bour deadlocking the game at seven with a two-run double (listen to the radio call
Bour2Ba.wma). In the ninth, Bobby Wagner led off with a bad-hop single into right, and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Davis took a 2-2 pitch and drove it up the middle for the walk-off winner (listen to the radio call
GORGEOUS NIGHT AT THE PARK: Typically at this time of the year, the temperatures are in the mid-90s at Memorial Stadium, making the first-base bleachers a tough place to sit. However, game-time temperature at the park tonight was 79-degrees, helping a nice walk-up crowd watch the victory over Everett. It is supposed to be even cooler tomorrow for Fireworks Friday, mid-70s, which should transfer into a crowd of well-over 3,000.
THE BACON: Davis had a pair of hits tonight, extending his hitting streak to a season-high six games…Richard Jones also added a pair of hits and has hit safely in six of his last seven games, raising his batting average from .159 to .265…the Hawks have hit 14 home runs this year, seventh-best in the league – one ahead of Vancouver, with six of the long balls against Everett…
HELP OUT THE COMMUNITY: The Hawks will be trying to help the less-fortunate this weekend, collecting food items Friday night for the Idaho Food Bank, and collecting school supplies on Saturday night.