Tough Loss in Yakima

whitenack.jpgTalk about a tough way for the Hawks to go down to defeat – battling back after being no-hit through five innings, taking a lead in the 10th, but watching the bullpen, which has been so good over the last month of the year, blow a two-run lead in a 4-3 loss to Yakima.

Was is more disheartening is the Hawks squandered a chance to pull two games under .500 and pull five games behind first-place Tri-City.  Robert Whitenack (pictured left) did his job, recording his best performance of the season, going six innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run and one walk.

Boise tied it in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Logan Watkins, extending his hit streak to 12, then took the lead in the 10th on a D.J. Fitzgerald RBI groundout an a Matt Williams RBI single.  But it didn’t last long, as Dionis Nunez gave up a double, sandwiched around a pair of walks, and Ryan Sontag didn’t fare much better, allowing a run on a walk, a ground out, and the winner on an RBI single.

DSC02177.JPGLET’S TALK COUNTY STADIUM: The ball park in Yakima is one of the more unique experiences in the Northwest League – starting with the behemoth of a hot dog (pictured right), which reminds me of the old “Real Men of Genius” Bud Light commercials about the creation of the foot-long hot dog – with the Yakima dog measuring 14 inches of John Morrell beef frank.  The staff (pictured below) at the barbeque pit at County Stadium has been amazing over the years – always taking great care of the visiting broadcasters (especially me) and also took great care of my family when they came to town the last time through

DSC02176.JPGFROM THE FIELD:  The dimensions of the park are quirky – although we’ll see more strange ones in Spokane later in the trip.  During batting practice today, I walked into the left-field corner to give you a birds eye few of the corner (with the 293 foot foul poul), and nearly got picked off by a Jose Guevara liner.  What you will also notice is the sloping field in right (look closely and the bottom of the wall and how the signs stay straight, but the blue portion of the wall grows, and grows and grows.

AUDIO CLIPS COMING: Tomorrow, we will post the ten latest Hawk Talk interviews with the players – ranging from mid-July to mid-August.

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