News and Notes – 6/18

Last night was a tough pill to swallow for the Hawks, squandering a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning, losing on a walk-off single for the second time in three games, falling 4-3 to Salem-Keizer.

(Click Here for 6/18 Game Notes)

THE GOOD: An outstanding debut for the young South African, Tayler Scott, who tossed five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four.  He commanded the strike zone for the most part and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning.  Gioskar Amaya had an RBI single and added a pair of highlight reel plays at second base to stop S-K rallies, while Jeimer Candelario added two RBI.

THE BAD: The bullpen struggled with its command, allowing four walks and six hits over the final two innings alone.  After retiring six of the first seven men he faced, Hayden Simpson failed to get an out in the eighth, as Pete Levitt allowed two inherited runs to score.  In the ninth, back to back one out singles got S-K in position against Levitt, with Bryce Shafer allowed two RBI singles with two outs to end the game.

NOTES: Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits in the game, including his first professional base hit…the Hawks have scored nine runs this season, but have not scored more than one run in an inning…Salem-Keizer used 14 position players in the win, while the Hawks have just 11 position players on their roster.

ROSTER MOVE: The Hawks added a pitcher earlier today, as right-hander Felix Pena has been added from Peoria.  Pena had a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA in six appearances with the Chiefs, tossing 10 innings. (Click to see Hawks Roster as of 6/18/12)

TODAY: Ian Dickson makes his professional debut for the Hawks, meeting NWL veteran Kendry Flores.  Game time is 6:35 p.m. (PT).

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