Life in the Willamette Valley
To say that Tuesday was a VERY long day for the Boise Hawks – lets here the short version of the story. The team bus left Memorial Stadium at 6 a.m. (MDT) – I was up at 4:45 to drive from Caldwell to the yard, heading west for the 400-mile trek to Salem. The team slept probably the first four hours or so of the trip, waking up just as we entered the vast Columbia River Gorge (pictured left) – where guys were asking me about the wind turbines on top of the ridges on the Washington side of the river, about how tall Mount Hood was (which looked amazing against the crystal blue sky), and ooh’d and aah’d when we went past Multnomah Falls.
We arrived at the team hotel around 1:15 p.m. (PDT) – giving the guys less than two hours before they had to board a bus to Volcanoes Stadium (and outside of a Denny’s, the closest food option is over a mile away (having to walk around the lake – pictured right), which the guys did not appreciate). The squad strapped it on, and promptly fell behind 3-0 in the second inning – but fought back, using a season-high 17-hit attack, which included five two-out RBI, to win, 7-4.
What was even more important was the fact it marked the first time since the 2000 season that the Hawks won the first game of a series at Salem-Keizer – a team that they have recorded a mere 15-50 overall record since 2004 (prior to last night).
Jesus Morelli had Boise’s first four-hit game of the season, while Alvaro Ramirez officially extended his hit streak to 12 games (as the scoring change against Spokane was finally overturned) with a three-hit game, Elliot Soto recorded his second game-winning hit of the year, and Micah Gibbs (pictured left) had his first multi-hit game of his career. The story was also Dustin Fitzgerald, who tossed three and a third scoreless innings of relief in his Hawks debut.
NEWS AND NOTES: Prior to the game Tuesday, pitcher Danny Keefe was promoted to the Class-A Peoria Chiefs – advancing beyond short-season baseball for the first time in his career. To take his place on the roster, eighth-round pick, Cam Greathouse, out of Gulf Coast JC in Florida, was promoted from the AZL-Cubs…much has been said about the problems with the Memorial Stadium outfield (which Zamzow’s is working on this week), but similar issues are occurring here at Volcanoes Stadium – which has bigger patches of brown grass than we have in Boise.
LISTEN IN – Tuesday through Thursday, I’ll have a three-part interview with president/general manager Todd Rahr about the proposed new stadium issue in Boise…I asked some tough questions – so tune in to Hawkstown Tonight at 7 p.m. (MDT) all week.