Tons of things to talk about today, as the Hawks look to try an end an eight-game road losnig streak tonight against the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium. After a 5-3 homestand, that ended with an exciting walk-off victory over Tri-City on Wednesday night, Boise made the 7-hour drive yesterday and struggled in a loss to the Tribe.
The loss yesterday will be remembered for a couple things – the start and an injury. An unnamed member of the team forgot to grab the batting helmet bag off the bus last night (team didn’t take batting practice before the game), so when the game was set to start, they had just one batting helmet available. So for the first two innings, Boise had to utilize Spokane’s batting helmets – and it looked funny to see the Hawks wearing their alternate black tops, with Spokane batting helmets.
It will also be remembered for a tough injury to outfielder Blair Springfield, who crashed into the left field wall – trying to make a running catch. The third-year pro had to be helped off the field by trainer Bob Grimes, with his injury described as a left shoulder injury. Springfield was in a shoulder sling following the game – which doesn’t bode well and was expected to see a doctor sometime today.
HENDRY FIRED: It was an interesting mood today on the bus to the gym this morning, as staff and players talking about Cubs general manager Jim Hendry getting fired. Tom Ricketts, who was in Boise this Monday, had made the decision to take the club a different direction in July, but the decision was made public today. I have nothing but respect for Hendry – as he was kind enough to join me on Hawkstown Tonight over the years. Another good interview, Special Assistant to the GM, Randy Bush, has been named the interim GM.
BREAKING THE JINX: Eight-straight road losses has gotten the Hawks thinking of different ways to get out of the funk, as the team is just three-games back of Tri-City in the divisional race, and one-game back of Spokane in the overall standings. The team brought three different sets of uniforms (black, green, grey) and three different caps (Red-BP, Green with Green bill, Green with Red bill) to find the one that gets the team a win. The Hawks are 22-11 at home, but just 6-23 on the road.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST WEEK: Here are highlights from the crazy 14-10 loss to Eugene on Sunday (http://yotestats.i8.com/hawks/Highlights8-14-11.wma), highlights from the big 6-1 win over Tri-City on Monday (http://yotestats.i8.com/hawks/Highlights8-15-11.wma), and the walk-off 7-6 victory over Tri-City on Wednesday (http://yotestats.i8.com/hawks/Highlights8-17-11.wma).