6/24 Notes and News
A good game on Saturday night betwen the Hawks and Eugene, unfortunately, after a four-run fifth inning rally got Boise the lead, the team couldn’t muster any offense over the last four innings, eventually losing 5-4.
THE GOOD: The first three innings of work for Ian Dickson was outstanding – retired all nine men in order, including four first-pitch outs…Marco Hernandez played a flawless game at shortstop, making a pair of outstanding plays on a night he had eight ground balls hit at him…Joe Zeller had the knuckler working, tossing two shutout innings of relief…Reggy the Purple Party Dude entertained the crowd the entire night, drawing laughs from fans of all ages.
THE BAD: Dickson’s fourth inning of work, as Eugene made adjustments the second time through the order, as they chased the right-hander…the approach at the plate late in the game, as Ems pitchers retired the final 12 men in order
NOTES: Following the game, reliever Matt Spencer was called up to Class-A Peoria after allowing just one run in three appearances with the Hawks.
ESPN CALLS ZELLER: With the success of New York Mets pitcher, R.A. Dickey this season – and the knuckleball artist pitching tonight on Sunday Night Baseball against the Yankees, ESPN wrote a feature article on his success and the lack of other knuckleball pitchers in professional baseball. Only two pitchers who throw the pitch are active in the minors – including the Hawks’ Zeller, who was featured prominently in the article. To read Adam Rubin’s piece on Dickey (and Zeller), go to http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8089178/new-york-mets-ra-dickey-giving-hope-aspiring-knuckleballers.
AROUND THE HORN: Everett pitcher Seon Gi Kim was unhittable last night against the Spokane Indians, as the hurler did not allow a hit in six shutout innings, fanning a league-best 13 batters, the the Aquasox 2-0 win…Spokane broke up the no-no with one out in the seventh…former Hawk, Josh Harrison had one of the Top-10 plays of the night on Sportscenter, ranging deep in the hole at short to make a fabulous play against the Detroit Tigers…Brett Jackson hit his 10th home run of the season in Iowa’s 4-2 loss at home to Round Rock.
RALPH NAMED STEELIES COACH: The Idaho Steelheads announced their new head coach in a unique way Saturday, as new head man, Brad Ralph threw out the first pitch of the Boise-Eugene game – before facing the Boise media in an impromptu press conference.