Quick, Quick Ball Game
In a flash, those two methodical games on Saturday and Sunday against the Vancouver Canadians were in the rear-view mirror, as the Hawks and Tri-City played the shortest game so far of the 2010 season, a mere one hour and 59 minutes, as the Dust Devils defeated the Hawks, 3-0. It marked the third-straight season that Boise has played a game quicker than two hours – this coming from the club that has recorded the longest cumulative time on the diamond in 2010…the Hawks played a 1:58 game in 2008 against Spokane at Memorial Stadium, then played a 1:58 game last season at Everett. In all three instances, the Hawks lost.
The silver lining of the game was three-fold, as Alvaro Ramirez had both Boise hits off starter Chad Bettis, the second-round pick out of Texas Tech for the Rockies. Ramirez has now recorded four-straight multi-hit games, and seven multi-hit games in his last eight outings, raising his batting average to .384. On the mound, Eric Jokisch had his best outing as a professional, allowing just four hits and a run in four innings, without allowing a walk. Dustin Fitzgerald tossed three shutout innings as well in the loss.
A LOOK AT GESA STADIUM: I had a chance to get some video from field level at Gesa Stadium during batting practice on Monday night. You will notice the sunshade on the left side of the video at the start, and can see how as the sun sets to the West, that the seating bowl will go from 100 degrees to 80 degrees in an instance.
A HOT DOG ISN’T A HOT DOG WITHOUT…I talked about the mustard that they have at the ballpark – Walla Walla Sweet Mustard by AJ’s Edible Arts out of Pasco…absolutely fabulous. Even better, is after talking with the owner, fans in Boise can purchase it in the City of Trees, as the Boise Co-Op carries the product – I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.
GLAD I PACKED THE LONG PANTS: When the team heads to Everett on Thursday, they will be in for a shock, as temperatures in the Puget Sound area are expected to be in the upper 60’s at best – instead of the 90-100 degree weather the team has faced for the last six weeks. Hope the fellas packed their jackets – I know I did.
ON THE WIRE: Former Boise Hawk, Drew Rundle, who was released in June by the Cubs, was recently signed by the Philadelphia Phillies.