One city down, two more to go
The day started with a team lift at the local YMCA, which saw me run for 40 minutes while watching the World Track and Field Championships – boy are they fast. Following the workout, the fellas were in the gym playing a game of bump – they wanted Hak-Ju Lee to play (calling him Yao), but he chose not to. Matt Williams won the imprompto game – although I was most impressed by Corey Martin’s jumper, and the skills of Ryan Sontag and Eduardo Figueroa.
The game was a fun one, the Hawks jumping out to a quick lead, giving it up, then erupting with two outs in the sixth, getting a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch to score a run, a two-run Bobby Wagner, and an RBI single from Richard Jones to push a lead to 8-2.
Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits, Wagner drove in three, while Logan Watkins not only extended his hit streak to 13, but had a pair of unassisted double plays – including one to end the game on a wierd infield fly rule call.
NO-NO: Tonight also marked the first no-hitter in the Northwest League since 2007 and the first nine-inning no-hitter since 2002, as Salem-Keizer blanked Everett, 8-0. The Hawks have never thrown a no-hitter, but have been on the short end of a perfect game against Tri-City in 2001.
CHECKIN OUT: The team will check out of the hotel in Yakima at 9 a.m. tomorrow, heading 200 miles east to Spokane to open a six-game series with the Indians. The Hawks head into the series 2-1 on the road trip, having won four series’ in a row, and once again three games below .500, sitting six games behind Tri-City in the East.