A Saturday Night Adventure (in Homedale, that is)
Just as Pat Dillon, the longtime Voice of the Everett Aquasox, joked about before we left Everett Memorial Stadium last Monday night – the trend for the Boise Hawks and the Everett Aquasox continued tonight – the Hawks hanging on to defeat the Frogs, 7-6, at Memorial Stadium, on Tyler Colvin (pictured left) bobblehead night.
Most wouldn’t call it a trend – since the Sox just completed a five-game sweep of Boise in Everett. However, although the Hawks have dropped nine of their last ten games in the North Puget Sound – the Aquasox have had their own “House of Horrors,” Memorial Stadium in Boise. Last year, Everett dropped 4-of-5 to the Hawks, in 2008 – Boise swept the Frogs…as Everett has dropped ten of their last 11 games and 20 of the past 22 games in Boise, since 2005.
Errors hurt the Hawks in this one, as a fourth inning error allowed an unearned run to score, and a fifth inning error prolonged the inning, allowing Hawkins Gebbers’ two-run single that put Everett up, 4-3. But something that had eluded the Hawks in the past month saved them tonight – the longball, as Arismendy Alcantara launched a two-run homer in the sixth, giving Boise the lead for good (Alcantara has the only two homers for the Hawks since the middle of July).
With it being an Applebee’s After Party night – extra innings were expected, and nearly occurred, as a Kevin Mailloux RBI triple in the ninth put the tying run on third with one out. However, Centennial product, Jordan Latham buckled down, getting a pair of groundouts to pick up his first save of the year with the Hawks (and his 12 save overall this year). It marked the first time in the five Applebee’s After Party games that a game had not gone extra innings (including a game-winner last year in 13 innings against Everett).
GAME NOTES: Alcantara had his second four-hit game of the season, and just the fourth four-hit game of the year for the Hawks…Eric Jokisch got the start, going four solid innings – however, recorded a walk for the first time in three appearances…Dustin Fitzgerald picked up his second win, tossing four innings, allowing just one earned run – much better than the nine hits he surrendered against the Frogs in Everett last Sunday…Alvaro Ramirez saw his hit streak snapped at 16 games – with the Hawks now boasting four of the five longest hit streaks in the league in 2010 (Ramirez-20, Matt Szczur-18, Ramirez-16, Richard Jones-14).
HEADED TO PEORIA: With the promotion of Welington Castillo to the Cubs, it set off a chain-reaction of roster moves throughout the organization…Jonathan Mota was called up to Iowa from Tennessee to fill Castillo’s spot, while Mario Mercedes was promoted from Peoria to Tennesssee. That opened a spot for Jose Guevara, who moved into full-season ball for the first time, earning to promotion to Peoria.
WHERE WAS SAFFORD: During the series against the Tri-City Dust Devils, fans were noticing that media relations intern, Chad Bates, was getting a little-bit more play-by-play action, in fact, calling four innings of the 4-1 loss to the Dust Devils on Friday night. The reason? Saturday night marked the Owyhee County Fair and Rodeo’s final night in Homedale, and a big night for my little cowboy, PJ, who got to be front and center at the biggest Idaho Cowboys Association event of the summer – and it was something that I wasn’t going to miss.
So while I was watching PJ lasso in the sun along the Snake River and play to the crowd inside the rodeo arena, Chad was living the dream that so many people wish they had an opportunity to do – call a professional baseball game on the radio solo. It was a great evening for the Safford family – although I will say, the dust at the fairgrounds rivals some of the dust we have seen at Gesa Stadium in the Tri-Cities in the past.
Tomorrow night, it is back to reality – as the second half of the longest homestand of the year continues on, as the Hawks – winners of five of their last six home games, welcome skipper Jody Davis back into the dugout – with his six-game suspension by the Northwest League served.