Sunday Morning Fodder

Some quick hits on Sunday morning as the Boise Hawks sit at 5-4 on the season – the first time the team has been above the .500 mark since they were 19-18 last season (beginning the downward spiral that was the final month and a half of the 2010 season).

It was the bottom of the order that was the key in Saturday’s 10-4 win over Spokane – Wes Darvill had his first three-hit game of the year, while both Willson Contreras and Yaniel Cabezas each had two hits and multi-RBI nights.  Cabezas came up huge, ending an 0-for-18 slump with a two-run single in the second, then adding a RBI double in the seventh.

The Hawks won despite giving leading hitter Pin-Chieh Chen the day off, while Paul Hoilman failed to register a hit (though he pushed his league-leading walk total to 14).  Boise scored 10 runs for the second-straight night and the fourth time this season – one off the season-high of 11 runs on Tuesday in Eugene.

DRAFT NOTES – Four new players have been signed this week by the Cubs, including catcher Rafael Lopez out of Florida State – the highest draft pick signed by Chicago (16th Round).  Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita told me that though it has been tough to sign a lot of the high school players drafted in the Top-10, the Cubs will get it done – which could bode well for the 2012 version of the Hawks.

NEWS AND NOTES – Former Hawk Mike Perconte was released this week by the Texas Rangers after spending most of the 2011 season with the Frisco RoughRiders…the Everett Aquasox had a playing-card giveaway on Friday night, commemorating the 2010 Northwest League championship season – with pictures from the year on the cards…the Joker in the set was none other than former Hawks manager Jody Davis (a tongue in check tribute to the crazy forfeiture in Everett last August)…Reggy the Purple Party Dude graced the Memorial Stadium grounds on Saturday night with his always entertaining act – every time I see the dance with the umpire, I have to laugh…former Tri-City play-by-play man (and KBCI-TV sports reporter) Mike Boyle is now the play-by-play voice of the Spokane Indians, as longtime voice Bob Robertson has gone into semi-retirement…Robertson will join Boyle on broadcast in the NWL’s western cities.

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