Martin slams door in Hawks win at Spokane

martin2.jpgTypical minor league day for the Hawks – wake-up call at 8, on the bus by 9, arrive in (blank) at 1, head to the park at 3, play a game, win, head back to hotel.

The details in between were definitely good, as Boise moved to 3-1 on the road trip with a 4-3 win over Spokane.

After jumping out to a 4-1 lead, thanks to nine hits in the first three innings, the Hawks turned the game over to the pen – especially Corey Martin (pictured left).  The kid from Western Carolina was outstanding, allowing just one walk and one hit in three innings, stranding the tying run at third in the seventh and at second in the eighth, then working a 1-2-3 ninth for the win (I had Martin with the save and Josh Lansford the win, but the official scorer said that Martin was more effective in relief – thus getting the victory). 

dugout.JPGHit streaks continued – Logan Watkins adding two more hits, his streak to 14-straight games, the sixth longest hit streak in the league this year (his 15-game streak in July was the fifth longest), while Bobby Wagner added two hits, pushing his to nine games.  The play of the night to help the win was a stellar defensive play by George Matheus (listen to the call
matheusGem.wma), who made a long, side-arm throw from deep in the hole at short to get the first out of the ninth inning.

SPOKANE THROWS OUT THE WELCOME MAT: Always known as the gem of the Northwest League, the Spokane Indians once again outdid themselves as an organization on the opening day of the series at Avista Stadium (pictured left) – not only having a fully stocked refrigerator in the coaches office, but also feeding the team after the game – something that the fellas truly appreciated.  From my standpoint, they also took great care of me – getting me one of my favorite meals in the league teriyaki chicken and vegetables for dinner. 

THE LONG WALK TO THE BOOTH: The opening day at Avista is always a long haul for any visiting broadcaster, as you must degociate three different flights of stairs to get to the booth, situated high atop the ballpark (pictured right).  (To see the last set of stairs and your first video look at the park, click here).  The vantage point is the best in the league – and the crowd tonight was outstanding (4,915), the second largest crowd the Hawks have played in front of during the 2009 season.

THE BACON: With the win last night, the Hawks have won 12 of their last 16 games, pulling themselves within two games of .500 with 14 games left in the season – the closest they have been to .500 since June 21…Boise will lose a pitcher tomorrow, as Su-Min Jung will leave for Korea – as Eduardo Figueroa will take his place in the rotation, starting Tuesday night.

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