Winner in 12, hope Applebee’s is still open

matheus.jpgA game that saw its share of miscues and a great job by both team’s pitching staff, the Hawks got a 12th inning rally to defeat the Everett Aquasox, 4-3, in the longest game of the 2009 season.

After losing the first four games to the Frogs in Everett – and leading in three of the games heading into the late innings, the Hawks have rallied, winning 5-of-6 from their West Division rivals, and have now won seven of their last nine games – moving back within five games of the .500 mark.

George Matheus (pictured above) provided the heroics, lining the first pitch he saw from Brad Reid down the right field line, scoring Logan Watkins from second base.  It marked the fifth walk-off winner at home for the Hawks this season and the second in three nights.  Boise improved to 4-0 this season in extra inning games – all at home.

Thumbnail image for watkins.jpgWatkins (pictured right) had four hits in the victory – his third game with four or more hits this season, while relievers Yohan Gonzalez, Corey Martin, Dionis Nunez, and Andres Quezada combined to throw six shutout innings of relief.

TRUE AFTER PARTY: For the second time this season, the Applebee’s on Glenwood and State hosted a Boise Hawks get-together following a game, and for the second time this season, the preceding game went extra innings.  Tonight’s game was three hours and fifty minutes – forcing Applebee’s to stay open much longer than their scheduled midnight closing.

OFF DAY AT HOME: It isn’t often that the Hawks get an off-day, as only three are scheduled throughout the course of a season.  But it is even rarer that they get to spend an off-day at home in the midst of a homestand.  While the rest of the league plays tomorrow night, the Hawks and Spokane will enjoy a Sunday – whether it be fishing, floating the river, or sleeping, it will be a nice respite.  I will be enjoying a barbeque with my family at former Voice of the Hawks, Dave Hahn’s family’s home.

SpokaneIndiansLogo.pngWHO ARE THESE GUYS: It is the 15th of August and the Hawks have yet to play divisional rival, Spokane this season.  However, the two teams will get to know each other quickly, playing all 12 of their seasonal match-ups within an 18-day spread – including a six-game series at Avista Stadium during the middle portion of the Western Idaho Fair roadtrip.

THE BACON: The banged up outfield for the Hawks continues to shuffle, as D.J. Fitzgerald returned to the line-up, while Jae-Hoon Ha saw action as a DH…Fitzgerald was hampered by an ankle injury, while Ha had been sidelined with muscle soreness…Greg Rohan had the day off after leaving last night’s game after being hit in the elbow…Jose Valdez is still recovering from a hand injury sustained on Wednesday night…Richard Jones made his debut in left field, cleanly fielding one chance.

pie.jpgALUMNI REPORT: Former Hawks Chris Sigfried and David Cales were among four pitchers used by the Daytona Cubs in a no-hitter tonight agianst the Dunedin Blue Jays at Jackie Robinson Park…Sigfried tossed a perfect fifth inning, with Cales getting the final three outs in the D-Cubs first no-hitter since Kerry Wood in 1996…2002 Hawks alum Felix Pie (pictured right) became the seventh major leaguer this season to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 in the Orioles 16-6 victory over the Angels on Friday night…Pie completed the cycle with a triple in the ninth inning and following the game, got not one, but two shaving cream pies in the face (ala Brett Jackson).

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