Opening Day – Part 2

I had the opportunity to join Chris Nettleton on the KBOI-2 5:00 News last night and mentioned it to him that last night was probably the best weather a Boise Hawks fan would have at Memorial Stadium this summer.  80 degrees, a light breeze, no clouds.  Absolutely perfect – and a great game to boot (despite the outcome).

(Click Here for Thursday, 6/21, Game Notes)

Eugene, on the first of 14 games away from PK Park, scored all seven of their runs with two outs, topping the Hawks, 7-4.  The Ems have to play five in the BOI, then trips to Salem-Keizer, Vancouver, and Everett before returning home July 4 (as Eugene is hosting the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

THE GOOD: The Fans…it is funny to see the difference in 3,000-fan bases.  At Salem-Keizer, 3,000 fans were at the first three games of the series and weren’t a part of the game, in Boise – they get loud, whether it is cheering or booing a player or umpire.  Jeimer Candelario (pictured left) hit a long two-run homer (first non-solo homer of the season by the Hawks), and despite taking the loss, Amaury Paulino was sharp until tiring in his fourth inning of work.

THE BAD: Hitting with men in scoring position.  The Hawks are hitting just .130 as a team this year with men in scoring position – the difference in a 4-2 start and the 1-5 slump they are in…untimely miscues – a throwing error with runners at first and third in the third inning plated a run, the seventh unearned run allowed through six games.

NOTES: Chadd Krist (pictured right), the ninth-round pick out of Cal, logged his first professional hit with a third inning single – as just as they did with Shawon Dunston Jr. and Justin Marra this season, he received the ball for his collection…The Cub Reporter mentioned last night that a pair of former Boise Hawks, Jonathan Mota and Ben Wells, have recently underwent Tommy John Surgery and are out for the season…Hawks primary owner, Neil Leibmann was in attendance at the game…prior to the game (which started 17 minutes late), the Hawks honored bat boy John Lothrop, who passed away recently at the age of 14.

ASK THE EXPERTS: We’ll be starting a series this summer with some of the key Boise Hawks sponsors, talking about how-to things…the first is with our friends at the Idaho Athletic Club

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