A wild-wild ride
Fans will learn that you never leave Memorial Stadium in Boise before the final out, as over the years, “Memorial Stadium Magic” seems to pop up out of the blue…the last two nights, the Hawks brought the tying or winning run to the plate in the final frame, only to strand the needed run on the basepaths.
Tonight, I made mention on the pregame show that we were going to have a guaranteed extra innings game – as the Applebee’s After Party was scheduled…as both parties last year were on nights with an extra inning game, as was the one earlier this season.
So when the Hawks were trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, it looked like the ninth straight loss was going to happen – and the party would have been more like a funeral. But wild things happened, and when Ryan Cuneo lined a two-run single with two strikes and two outs to tie the score, the evils of the long losing skid began to be exorcised – with the 12th inning walk-off winner setting off a celebration.
PITCHING SOLID: Despite giving up three runs, Juan Serrano was outstanding again, allowing three runs in five innings. Andres Quezada was solid, seeing his scoreless innings streak snapped at 18 1/3 on a A.J. Kirby-Jones homer in the eighth. Carlos Rojas was outstanding, tossing four shutout innings to pick up his third win.
WITH THE STICK: Heading into the game, the Hawks were 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position and were 0-for-8 until Alvaro Ramirez’s RBI single in the ninth. Ramirez has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, while Pierre LePage has hit safely in 17-of-18.
GOTTA LOVE WEEKEND GAMES AT HOME: You have to enjoy the opportunity to be at home during weekend’s, as without the hour long HawksTown Tonight on Saturday and Sunday’s, I have the opportunity to get to the yard a bit later than normal. Today, my family and I went to our colleague, Dr. Jasper LiCalzi’s (from Business-Baseball-and-Politics) house for a swim party – as PJ got to jump off a diving board for the first time. I am not sure which is tougher – calling an extra innings game, or calling an extra innings game with a pretty good sunburn.