Former Hawk Chris Carpenter makes MLB Debut
The 43-33 record that Boise had during the 2008 was definitely not a fluke, as another cog in that season’s squad has made it to the Major Leagues, as Chris Carpenter became the 86th former Hawks player to make his MLB debut.
The former third-round pick out of Kent State was greeted rudely, as the first pitch he tossed at Wrigley Field was smashed for a double, but the righty, who it 99 mph on the radar gun, settled down to get a pair of outs to end the frame – a game the Cubs rallied to win in 10, 5-4.
Carpenter was 4-2 with the Hawks in 2008 – and joins Boise teammates Tony Campana, Josh Harrison, Casey Coleman, and Andrew Cashner, as MLB players. In fact, Carpenter – who was called up from AA Tennessee, replaced Coleman on the Cubs roster, as the righty was sent to AAA Iowa to join the I-Cubs rotation.
NEWS AND NOTES: The Hawks arrived in Boise around 5 p.m. this afternoon and had a pizza dinner at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel, where they met the host families and received their living arrangements for the summer. In looking at the team, there seems to be a good mix of speed and size – plus a lot of diversity, with players from Taiwan, Korea, Venezuela, the DR, Canada, and all four corners of the U.S.
ALL STARS: No fewer than seven former Hawks were named to the Midwest League all-star team, released last week. 2B Pierre LePage, SS Elliot Soto, OF Matt Szczur, C Micah Gibbs, LHP Austin Kirk, OF Greg Rohan, and 1B Richard Jones were honored for their first half play in Peoria. In the Florida State League, three former Hawks – RHP Aaron Kurcz and 1B Justin Bour from the Daytona Cubs, plus SS Hak-Ju Lee of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, were named to the all-star team, while in the Southern League, eight former Hawks – C Steve Clevenger, 2B Ryan Flaherty, SS Marwin Gonzalez, 1B Rebel Ridling, 3B Blake Lalli, OF Brett Jackson, RHP Rob Whitenack and RHP Trey McNutt were named all-stars.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks will hold their first workout at Memorial Stadium around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, following a media session at the park. The day will conclude with an exhibition game against the Idaho Cubs traveling team, coached by Hawks bench coach, Gary Van Tol. The team will leave Boise at 11 a.m. on Thursday via charter bus to Eugene – preparing for Friday’s Northwest League season opener against the Emeralds, at 8:05 p.m. (MDT) The game will be carried live on 1350 KTIK-AM, beginning with Hawkstown Tonight at 7 p.m. The game can also be heard online at www.ktik.com or at www.milb.com as part of the MILB Gameday Audio package.