Raise the “W” Flag, Hawks Win
Boy does 24 hours change things for the Boise Hawks – instead of committing four errors in a loss to Yakima, the squad took advantage of a pair of untimely errors by the Bears first baseman Yazy Arbelo to plate five unearned runs – leading to a 5-3 victory.
Jesus Morelli had two hits, including a first inning double. Brandon May added two more hits – including an RBI single and a long single off the right field wall (nearly a homer).
On the mound, Marcus Hatley was sharp, getting five ground ball outs and a punch out in the seven men he faced. Juan Serrano got the win, allowing two runs in four innings. Andres Quezada worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, while Alvaro Sosa and Corey Martin tossed scoreless frames to close out Yakima.
RADIO NOTES: Tomorrow’s rubber game of the series may or may not be heard in its entirety in the Treasure Valley. Flagship station KTIK will be carrying ESPN coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament and if it is a close battle in the waning holes, they will stay with golf coverage, turning it over to the Hawks in progress (probably around the 2nd or 3rd inning)…if golf is a blowout, baseball will be on around 6:20 p.m. (MT)
CLUBHOUSE NOTES: Following the game, the team split up for the postgame meal, half of the team heading to Applebee’s to take advantage of the half-price appetizers for their late Happy Hour, while half snuck into the Outback Steakhouse adjacent to the hotel with minutes to spare.
WEATHER: Yakima nearly had their second rain out in the last eight years today, as nearly two inches of rain fell in the area between Midnight at 4 p.m. Luckily, the grounds crew did a fabulous job getting the surface ready for play – which limited the teams from taking batting practice on the field…the other rain out was in 2005 – not really a rain out, as the field was flooded from a clogged drain when the Hawks were in town, forcing the postponement despite a 100 degree day.