In need of a slump buster…

I thought tonight that the Boise Whistle Pigs t-shirts that were handed out at the ball park were going to be the tonic for the losing streak for the Hawks to end…not the case, as despite a stellar pitching performance by Brent Ebinger, Boise dropped a tough 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Canadians before the fifth 3,000-or-more fan crowd in the last six days.

Ebinger allowed just two singles in five innings, striking out seven – showing a great change up and spotting his fastball all over the strike zone.

Unfortunately, the C’s made three runs stand up for the second straight night, with only one of the runs earned.  An error by Ryan Cuneo, who was played third for the first time, prolonged the sixth inning and three two-out hits ensued, erasing a 1-0 Hawks lead.  Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the Hawks had runners at first and third with no outs, but a double play ball thwarted the threat.

STREAK NOTES: The eight-game losing streak equals the longest single-season losing streak in the Cubs era (complete records from the Angels affiliate years are not available), with the longest losing streak at ten games (final two games of the 2006 season and first eight games of the 2007 season).  The Hawks have held a lead in each of the last six games, but have been unable to hold it.

GOTTA LOVE THE SECOND HALF: Despite the woes, the Hawks are just 0-3 in the second half and sit just two games out of first place…remember, Spokane opened the first half with a 1-7 record, yet still took home the pennant.

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