Though the wind was blowing out to right field last night at Memorial Stadium, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary at the ballpark – however, the six combined home run smashed between the Hawks and Eugene were, as Boise held off a late rally for an 14-11 win over the Emeralds to claim the series win. Watch Game Highlights below (or Click Here for Monday’s Game Notes vs. Spokane)
Back to back home runs in the first by Marco Hernandez and Jeimer Candelario, a solo shot from Shawon Dunston Jr, and a two-run blast from Gioskar Amaya marked the first time since the 2007 season that the Hawks hit four homers in one game.
Boise recorded their highest scoring output and hit total for the season – and won, despite allowing 18 Eugene hits, taking advantage of a trio of double plays.
THE GOOD: One night after having the final 12 men retired in a row, the Hawks had a quality night at the plate as a collective group – as all nine batters in the order had at least one hit. Five players had two hits in the game, with Amaya and Hernandez each scoring a season-high three runs. Jose Arias had a good relief appearance, giving up two unearned runs in three innings of relief.
THE BAD: It was another rough outing for Pete Levitt, who allowed six runs on five hits in the top of the ninth inning, getting just one out. The right-hander saw his ERA balloon to 22.85, with opposing hitters hitting a gaudy .571 against him. Boise committed three errors in the win, and now has 18 errors in 10 games.
NOTES: The last time the Hawks hit four home runs in a game was on July 17, 2007 at Everett, when Billy Moss, Marquez Smith, Tony Thomas, and Jonathan Wyatt each went deep for Boise…attendance for the opening homestand was below average, as the Hawks rank sixth in the eight team league in attendance – right around 2,500 fans…following the game last night, infielder Brian Inoa was given his release by the Chicago Cubs.
LATE NIGHT BUS TRIP: The Hawks embarked on a seven-hour bus ride to Spokane at midnight last night, arriving in the Spokane Valley just after 6 a.m. this morning. (Here is a photo from a rest stop between the Tri-Cites and Ritzville along US-395 at 4:30 a.m.) It could be an interesting three-game series with the Indians, as Tuesday’s weather looks much like the deluge that is plaguing the Florida State League – nearly an inch of rain is forecast for Eastern Washington.