Quick Hits on a Rainy Night in Boise
Time to play catch-up tonight, as the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind – ending with a rain storm following Friday night’s game (just after the fireworks show at Memorial Stadium ended.
To recap what we missed – Hawks dropped the final game of the series in Eugene, 7-3, despite a three RBI game from Pierre LePage. Following the game, the team left PK Park around 11 p.m. Pacific Time, traveling all night (watching three oldies, but goodies – Sandlot, American Pie, and Old School), arriving in Boise around 9:30 in the morning.
Last night, the Hawks rode the arms of Austin Kirk, Carlos Rojas, and Rogelino Carmona to a six-hit shutout, regaining first-place in the NWL East with a 7-0 win. LePage was at it again, going 2-for-4 with four more RBI, with Runey Davis smacking his second home run of the week.
However, tonight, a rough first inning by Tarlandus Mitchell (reminiscent of an outing by the righty last year in Eugene) – walking four men and allowing two hits in just one-third of an inning, dug the Hawks a 5-0 hole, losing 6-2.
ROSTER NOTES: Micah Gibbs, the Cubs third-round pick in 2010, joined the Hawks on Thursday, recording his first professional hit on Friday night…he will wear #33, while LePage switched to #2. Marcus Hatley, who has been out with a flare-up with his throwing elbow (that had Tommy John surgery on it last year), has been placed on the DL – and sent to Mesa to be looked at by the Cubs surgeons. Hatley told me following the game that they feel it is either a muscle strain in the elbow, or possibly bone spurs.
STREAKS: LePage extended his hitting streak to five games with a fourth inning double, and has hit safely in all seven professional games this season…however, Friday’s game was his first without a multi-hit game…Alvaro Ramirez extended his hitting streak to three games…
SMALL CROWDS EQUAL WINS: The weird statistic of the night – when the Hawks play before a crowd of 2,300 or less, they are a perfect 8-0 this season…when the crowd is larger than 2,300, they are 0-7.