On to Yakima…
After battling fierce winds in the Tri-Cities for three nights, the Boise Hawks are happy to head up I-82 to the northwest this morning, set to open up a six-game, home and home series with the Yakima Bears.
After stranding 10 men on the base paths on Wednesday night – plus two runners thrown out at second base and a third gunned out at home to end an inning, the Hawks allowed a trio of unearned runs to fall behind 4-2, then a Brian Humphries grand slam in the sixth blew the game wide open, as Tri-City took the final two games of the series.
Positives were some arms in the Hawks bullpen – as Hector Mayora went three strong innings and Austin Reed went four solid innings on Wednesday night, while Joe Zeller (in his 2011 Hawks debut) tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Thursday’s loss. Reggie Golden continues to hit the ball hard – extending his hit streak to four with a base hit on Thursday (and a fly ball out to the wall in left).
Negatives were the start by Jin-Young Kim on Wednesday – completely unraveled by early walks…two hits, three walks two runs in one inning of work. Also slumping is both Ben Klafcyznski and Paul Hoilman, a combined 0-for-22 in over the last four games they played.
NOTES – Former Hawks Welington Castillo (Iowa) and Russ Canzler (Durham) were selected for their respective AAA All-Star teams – Castillo for the Pacific Coast League team and Canzler for the International League. The game will be played in Salt Lake City…also, former Hawks hurler Sergio Mitre was released by the Brewers and subsequently picked up by the Yankees off of waivers…another former Hawk, Mike Perconte was signed by the Houston Astros – his third organization during the 2011 season.
FOOD REPORT: 14 games into the 2011 season and one thing that I have focused on is the pre game meal we have received this season – including a wide variety of meals…including lasagne, egg rolls, and french toast. The best has been the Philly Cheesesteak we got at Boise last week, while we have had hot dogs and chicken sandwiches three times, and hamburgers twice (BTW – here is a look at Wednesday’s spread in Tri-City)