Tonight, the Boise Hawks used a seldom seen boost of power to record their fifth-straight home series win against the Everett Aquasox, earning a 4-1 victory, before a sellout crowd of 3,544. The Hawks have now won each of the last five series at home against the Frogs since 2006 – including a pair of series sweeps.
It was the long ball that propelled the team to victory tonight, as the team hit a season-high three home runs in the win. Ryan Cuneo got the party started with a long solo shot over the right-field wall in the fourth inning. One out later, Jeff Vigurs hit his first professional homer, just over the right-field wall. In the fifth, Richard Jones ended a month-long homerless drought, smacking a ball to straight-away center for his team-high fifth home run of the season.
It was the third time this season that the Hawks have hit two home runs in a game (Jones and Alvaro Ramirez hit homers vs. Salem-Keizer on June 22; Jones and Jesus Morelli hit homers at Salem-Keizer on July 15), however, it was the first time in over four years that the Hawks have hit more than two homers in a game – dating back to July 17, 2007, when Bill Moss, Marquez Smith, Tony Thomas, and Jonathan Wyatt hit dingers at Everett.
Pitching was also key – as Austin Kirk ended a personal three-game losing streak with five innings of four-hit ball. Even more impressive was the outing by Larry Suarez, who tossed three shutout innings – without allowing a walk. Aaron Kurcz slammed the door, notching his sixth save of the year in six chances.
DROUGHT OVER FOR GIBBS: Switch hitter Micah Gibbs leads the Hawks against left-handed pitchers – hitting .355. However, it isn’t the same against righties – as Gibbs recently snapped an 0-for-38 slump with a single last night, his first hit against a right-hander since July 13. He is now 4-for-74 this season left-handed.
ROSTER MOVES: Three Hawks will not accompany the team to Vancouver tonight, as Juan Serrano left this morning for Mesa – where he will spend the next six days working out with the Mesa Cubs (as a defector from Cuba, Serrano is unable to enter Canada)…Jordan Latham will also miss the trip North – thanks to his legal issues that kept him away from the field in 2009, while Larry Suarez will join the team as soon as he received his visa. All three players will return to the Hawks by next Wednesday at the latest. The team is expected to receive a pair of relief pitchers in time for Friday’s game.
WEST BOUND AND DOWN: The bus will leave Memorial Stadium in about 30 minutes – pointed westward, with the destination, Vancouver, B.C. – 604 miles overnight. The team will stop for a rest around the Tri-Cities (probably around 3 a.m.), and a breakfast stop north of Everett (probably around 9 a.m.), and after the annual crisis at the U.S.-Canada border (last year, it took us all day), we should be to the Accent Inn around 1 p.m.
LOOKING AHEAD: The series with Vancouver at Scotia Bank Field should be a doozie, as the C’s lead the West Division race. Look for coverage of the new video board at the stadium – which has the best quality picture in all of minor league baseball, a new video of the Great Sushi Race.