Quick Hits from the Tri-Cities
Lots of news and notes coming out of the first day in the Tri-Cities of Washington (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland) – not to be confused with the Quad Cities of Iowa/Illinois. First and foremost, the 78th former Boise Hawk made his major league debut last night, as 2008 alum, Casey Coleman, pitched two and a third innings of relief in the Cubs 18-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. It was an inauspicious debut for the Florida native, allowing six runs on eight hits, but he did make history – becoming the first third-generation pitcher in the big leagues (as his grandpa, Joe, pitched in the 1940s and 1950s, while his dad, Joe, was an American League all-star in the 60s and 70s with the Tigers). Coleman joins Josh Donaldson and Andrew Cashner as first-year MLB players from the Hawks in 2010.
Alvaro Ramirez continues to hit, and hit often, recording his sixth multi-hit game in his last seven starts – hitting a smoking 16-for-29 during the stretch, and leads the league heading into Tuesday’s game with a .381 batting average. Ramirez had now hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games, and has reached base in all but two of his games played this year.
On the flip side is the struggles for the three Hawks catchers – as Micah Gibbs, Jose Guevara, and Jeff Vigurs have had their issues with the bat in 2010. The trio comes into Tuesday’s game with a combined batting average of .125 (23-for-184), while Boise catchers have allowed opponent base stealers to convert 81-percent of their stolen base attempts, the highest average in the league.
Along those lines, where has the long-ball gone? The Hawks head into Tuesday’s game having gone homerless in their last 14 games, dating back to a eighth-inning three-run homer by Ramirez against Spokane on July 18. The 15 homers by Boise ranks seventh in the Northwest League, as Eugene has hit 13 homers in 2010.
BIG ON ORANGE JERSEYS: The online auction for the Main Street Mile game-worn orange Hawks alternate jerseys has begun at boisehawks.com, with the minimum bid for each of the jerseys at $100.00. The winners will receive the actual jersey off the back of their favorite Hawks player or coach. I will begun to drum up business on the website, as when I checked this afternoon, not one bid had been made on the site.