Tempers Flare in Hawks Win
An outstanding performance by Su-Min Jung and Trey McNutt on the mound was quickly forgotten by the sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium after the benches cleared in the 8th inning of an 8-2 Boise Hawks win over the Everett Aquasox.
Jung allowed just one hit in four innings of work, helped by a trio of double plays behind him, with McNutt not allowing a hit in his three innings of shutout relief.
The Hawks broke open a 1-0 game in the fourth with a bases-loaded walk by Hak-Ju Lee and a two-run infield single from Logan Watkins. However, after a Lee bunt-base hit in the eighth that resulted in a throwing error and two runs to score to push the Boise lead to 7-0, Frogs reliever Kyle Brown buzzed Watkins with a pair of pitches – with plate umpire Javier Cantu ejecting the lefty. Following an exchange with Cantu, Everett skipper John Tamargo got into a war of words with Hawks manager Casey Kopitzke near the third-base bag – with the benches and bullpens quickly emptying. Although there was some short-range shouting, nothing more than a war of words were exchanged.
In talking with multiple sources, Tamargo was still upset of the rash of hit by pitches in the series – starting with his slugger Gerardo Avila, who was injured Tuesday by a 90-mile per hour fastball in the batting helmet from Jon Nagel. Two Everett and two Boise batters were also plunked tonight. He was also displeased with the bunt by Lee, especially since it was a 5-0 game in the eighth inning.