Dust, Dust, Dust
It got crazy at Memorial Stadium last night in the sixth inning, as outflow winds from thunderstorms in Eastern Oregon unleashed a dust storm that delayed the game for nine minutes. The 50-mile-and-hour winds lasted for about 15 minutes – and died down enough for the postgame fireworks show to go off (albeit an abbreviated show).
The Hawks won back to back games for the first time this year, thanks to a big effort from Gioskar Amaya, who had four hits, two stolen bases, and two RBI, and Jeimer Candelario, who hit a homer for the third straight game – this time a three-run shot.
A big key to the win was a stellar effort by the Hawks bullpen, as a trio of pitchers combined to toss five and a third scoreless innings – as Matt Spencer picked up his first professional win. Bryce Shafer got into trouble in the ninth, loading the bases with only one out, but got Clark Murphy to ground into a game-ending double play.
ANNOUNCEMENT ON SATURDAY: The Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL will be announcing their new head coach prior to the Hawks game on Saturday night, as the new coach will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He will then conduct a press conference in the Hawks’ offices following.
ROSTER MOVE AGAIN: For the second-straight year, a player spent one day in Boise – as Zach Rosscup arrived yesterday from Mesa and is on a plane today to Peoria to continue his rehab for the Daytona Cubs.
ESPN STORY TO FEATURE ZELLER: Look for a story on knuckleball pitchers on ESPN.com on Sunday, which will feature Hawks’ right-hander Joe Zeller. With the success of R.A. Dickey of the Mets, ESPN will chronicle other knuckleball pitchers in the minor leagues.
NOTES: Former Hawk Russ Canzler was named International League Player of the Week for the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) after hitting three homer and driving in 13…Geovany Soto hit is sixth homer of the season for the Cubs last night in a 6-1 loss in Arizona.