Nitty Gritty Time…
Boy has pennant fever hit the Treasure Valley – something I have never seen in my years with the Boise Hawks. Throughout the six-game homestand, the walk-up crowd at all of the games have been amazing – especially on both Tuesday and Thursday nights, days typically that do not produce large crowds. 3,486 fans on Wednesday, 3,009 fans on Thursday, 3,601 fans on Friday – a total over over 10,000 bodies to Memorial Stadium for the final three games of the Tri-City series. THANK YOU BOISE for your part in trying to win the Hawks a First-Half title!!!
Unfortunately, the last two nights, the Hawks have been listless on the diamond – with the piggy-back starts struggling to get through five innings combined (instead of the seven or eight innings that the coaching staff expects). That, combined with Tri-City pounding out 20 runs on 27 hits in the final two games – and it equals a half-game deficit to Spokane with three games left (the Indians and Dust Devils each have four games remaining, thanks to a rain-out from June 20 that will be made up on Sunday).
Looking at the scenarios – the Hawks are in need of some help from Tri-City if they want to claim the pennant (and first choice of dates in the divisional round of the playoffs). If Boise were to end up tied with Spokane at the end of the 38-game slate, the Hawks would claim the tiebreak with a better in-division record.
NOTES: Alvaro Ramirez had his 20-game hit streak snapped tonight, but more impressively, had his 28-game on base streak snapped as well (dating back to June 20 in Yakima)…it was just the second time this season that he failed to reach base. All position players got into the game on Friday except for Jeff Vigurs, who was kept out just in case an injury occurred in the field…Matt Szczur (15) and Richard Jones (11) kept their hit streaks intact.