Smoky in the Columbia Basin

GesaStadium2.JPGTo say that the air quality in the Columbia Basin is poor would be an understatement, as the Boise Hawks open up a eight-game road trip with three games at Gesa Stadium (pictured left) against division rival, Tri-City.  Forest fires burning in the North Cascades (about 150 miles north of here) have pushed smoke south over the last few days, clouding the entire valley in a thick smog that has pushed up the humidity and resembles Los Angeles on a normal day.

After a five hour bus ride this morning, the team arrival here at the ballpark – where I was surprised at the condition of the playing surface, as the outfield grass is the best I have seen in the loop this summer (kudos to the grounds crew here in Pasco).

GesaStadium3.JPGBoise will be looking for a better result against the Dust Devils this time around, having been outscored 20-5 in their two losses to Tri-City at Memorial Stadium last month.

WALK OFF WINNER NUMBER 3: For the second-straight night, the Hawks got some late-inning Memorial Stadium magic against the Vancouver Canadians, rallying from a 5-3 deficit in the eighth inning to win, 6-5, on an Elliot Soto walk-off single (his second walk-off winner this season).

HATLEY TO PEORIA: Marcus Hatley came off the 7-Day DL last night and was promoted to the Peoria Chiefs, where he earned a start last night in a 10-7 win.

GesaStadium4.JPGONLY ONE ROAD TRIP LEFT: Following this eight-game road swing, the Hawks will have just one road swing left – the annual pilgrimage for the Western Idaho Fair.  Boise will be gone for 12 days – traveling to Vancouver, Tri-City, and Spokane.

STREAKS: Pierre LePage has hit safely in eight straight games in 19 of his last 20, while Alvaro Ramirez has a hit in six-straight games and 26 of his last 28…Ramirez leads the NWL in batting average, hits, and total bases, Richard Jones leads the league in doubles, RBI, and extra base hits, with Arismendy Alcantara tied for the loop lead in triples.

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