Hawks on the Big Stage
There isn’t a whole lot to say about the ball game on Wednesay night, except for the fact that sinker-baller Taylor Rogers had the Hawks number, retiring the final 15 men he faced in his six inning stint in an 11-0 rout of Boise. It marked the second-straight season that the Hawks have been two-hit, as Yakima held them to just two singles during the 2009 season.
All wasn’t lost, however, as many different things occurred away from the field of play that possibly overshadowed the dismal outing on the diamond.
CALL UP: The Hawks added another player in the Big Leagues, as Joel Peralta (pictured left) had his contract purchased by the Washington Nationals on Monday. The right-hander, who pitched in Boise in 2000, was having an outstanding season with the Syracuse Chiefs, going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 20 saves – where he was a teammate of former Hawk, Jamie Burke and phenom Stephen Strasburg. Peralta has previously pitched in the majors with the Royals and Rockies.
A RETURN TO ESPN: It isn’t the first time that the Boise Hawks have been featured on ESPN, but it has been a while. One of the legendary blooper highlights was skipper Mal Fitchman donning Humphrey’s outfit after he was ejected from a game and went back out on the field to argue later in the game. Last night, it was a great play by pitcher John Mincone that landed the Hawks on the Top-10 plays of the night. The lefty snagged a comebacker to the mound with a behind-the-back stab with the glove – earning the No. 9 nod of the night (watch the ESPN highlight reel). It marks the first time since the 2005 season that the Hawks found their way on ESPN – that year, the squad turned a rare triple-play in a loss to Everett at Memorial Stadium, which ended up the No. 1 play of the night on Sportscenter (watch the Triple Play – notice the older uniforms)
2009 HAWKS TO PLAY ON ESPN: Major League Baseball announced the 50-man roster for the 2010 All-Star Futures Game, to be played the Sunday before the All-Star game at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. – with two former Hawks on the list. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, who earned Northwest League All-Star honors last year and was a Midwest League All-Star this season, will play for the international team, while outfielder Brett Jackson, who was recently named to the Florida State League All-Star team, will play for the United States squad. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
BIG NIGHT IN THE BIG LEAGUES: No fewer than four former Hawk pitchers got starts last night – but only Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins was able to notch a win, as Florida defeated Baltimore, 7-5, helping the ’02 Boise alum to his sixth win. Dontrelle Willis and John Lackey each got no-decisions as the Diamondbacks lost in extra innings to the Yankees, and the Red Sox lost to the Rockies. Randy Wells contrinued his struggles with the Cubs, losing to Cliff Lee and the Mariners, 8-1 – however, the lone run for Chicago came on Tyler Colvin’s ninth homer of the season.
ROTATION SWITCH: Pitching coach Jeff Fassero has made a change to the Hawks rotation, as Joe Zeller will earn the starting nod on Friday night in the series finale against Salem-Keizer. Yao-Lin Wang, who started last Sunday’s game against Yakima, will work from the bullpen.