News and Notes
I appologize for the lack of blog posts – but it has been a crazy last month at my full time job at The College of Idaho (I am the sports information director there), as we recently announced the reinstatement of an intercollegiate football program and our baseball team advanced to the NAIA World Series.
However – I have not forgotten the fans (follow me on Twitter @BoiseHawksRadio for instant updates), as I have been a tweeting machine over the last two weeks.
Tonight marked a milestone for Blake Parker (pictured left), who saw action in eight games with the Hawks in 2007 – as he was called up by the Cubs and became the 93rd former Boise Hawk to play in the big leagues. Parker pitched an inning and two-thirds, allowing a pair of unearned runs with two strikeouts in the loss to the Phillies.
Two former Boise Hawks hit their first professional home runs (players No. 91 and 92 on the Hawks in MLB list) – with Ryan Flaherty hitting a leadoff home run against Texas on May 10 (the first of three-straight home runs to start the game), though the 2008 Hawks shortstop is hitting just .152 for the Orioles. Marwin Gonzalez hit a pinch hit solo home run May 14 for the Astros at Philadelphia for his first MLB homer, with the Hawks 2008 second-baseman hitting .226 in his rookie season.
Two other former Hawks had big nights recently – as Welington Castillo hit a solo homer (1st in the big leagues since 2010) and drove in four tonight in an 8-7 loss to the Phillies, while Josh Harrison had a walk-off RBI single on May 13 vs. Houston, followed by going 4-for-7 with a homer and three RBI in a two-game series with Washington – upping his batting average to .256.
Some recent roster movement – as former Boise Hawk Felix Pie was signed by the Braves, while former Hawk, Charles Thomas, was recently released by the Cubs. Two 2011 Hawks – Willengton Cruz and Bryce Shafer were both recently sent from Peoria to Extended Spring Training and may be ticketed for Boise to start the NWL season.