One of the things over the years I have to pay close attention to during the season are streaks and trends throughout the Northwest League. After the first four games of the Boise-Eugene series at Memorial Stadium, it seems like this has been a wild, streaky series.
Let’s look at the numbers – Hawks took a four-game win streak and a four-game home win streak into tonight’s game (both fell by the wayside in the 9-4 loss), while Eugene took a six-game losing streak into the game (it ended with the six-run eighth inning rally).
Danny Keefe had not given up a run in his last six appearances, spanning 12 innings, but after getting Chris Tremblay to pop up to start the eighth, promptly allowed the next five men to reach (single, walk, walk, double, single) and his night and his 1.27 ERA was gone.
Then there is the “phantom” streak for Alvaro Ramirez that sits at 11 games…currently, the streak is only six games, as the official box score from July 5 in Spokane lists Ramirez going 0-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance….only problem was, it was Jeff Vigurs that pinch hit in the game, not Ramirez. The scoring change has been submitted to both Major League Baseball Advanced Media and to the Spokane Indians and the Hawks are hopeful that the change will occur on Monday.
If the Hawks would have won tonight, it would have been their longest win streak since July of 2008, when Boise ran off a streak of 11 wins in 12 outings (a five-game win streak, and after a loss, followed by a six-game win streak) – helping the team to a 45-31 overall record – but five games back of Spokane at the end of the season.
And how about my own streak…heading into the season, I had broadcast 359 Boise Hawks games (all 76 in 2003, 74 in 2004, 65 in 2005, 75 in 2008, and 69 last season) and 365 Northwest League games overall (including six Spokane-Boise games in 2007). Tonight was broadcast number 382 for the Hawks and 388 overall – nearing a couple milestones…I need eight more broadcasts to surpass Rob Simpson into first-place on the all-time games called list in franchise history (he called 389 games from 1996-2000, and one game for me last year), while I need 12 games to hit the 400 game mark for my career. So if I sound excited on the 19th of the month against Spokane or the 22nd of the month against Tri-City, you’ll know why.