Two similar games, two different outcomes
The Spokane Indians and the Boise Hawks will either become really good friends or bitter enemies over the next three weeks, as the clubs meet 12 times in an 18 day stretch. If the first two games of the season series are any indication, it should be some interesting baseball.
Last night, the Hawks worked around 13 hits by the Tribe – stranding 11 runners, in a 5-1 win. Boise took advantage of four Spokane errors to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth, then added three runs in the seven to put the game away. Josh Whitlock (pictured left) was solid in relief, tossing four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out a season-high five.
Tonight, the tables were turned, as the Indians got a pair of clutch hits in the fifth inning and got a solid performance by Matt Thompson in a 6-1 win. The Hawks had only one runner past second base – that coming on D.J. Fitzgerald’s second home run of the season.
THE BACON: Logan Watkins, who was named Northwest League Player of the Week on Monday, had a pair of hits last night and added a bloop single tonight, extending his hitting streak to nine games and currently is second in the league in batting average…Hak-Ju Lee had two stolen bases on Monday, adding another last night – becoming the first NWL player to the 20 stolen base mark…Ryan Sontag retired the lone left-handed batter he faced in relief – with lefties now 0-for-25 against him this season.
IMPRESSIVE: I have been really impressed by Spokane third-baseman Tommy Mendonca (pictured right) out of Fresno State…the Rangers second-round pick this year was the 2008 College World Series MVP and the 2009 WAC Player of the Year…it isn’t his bat (he hit 27 HR in college this spring and has seven with the Indians this summer) that has been most impressive, it has been his defense – he has made two or three big-league plays and has a cannon for an arm.
DINGED UP: Outfielder Jose Valdez has been out of the line-up for nearly a week after injuring his hand sliding into second base during the Everett series…he did take infield-outfield practice yesterday…Josh Lansford was knocked out of yesterday’s game by a line-drive in the eighth inning, which struck his left foot…he is day-to-day.
LOCAL KID TOMORROW: Spokane will send former Timberline High pitcher, Braden Tullis to the mound tomorrow night in the rubber game of the series…a large THS contingent is expected at the park.