Spokane, Spokane, Spokane
There are truly three AAA type cities in the Northwest League – Boise, Vancouver, and Spokane, and it is always a joy to come to Avista Stadium. Great staff at the ballpark, a top-notch facility, and good crowds make it fun – win or loss.
As I have said in the past, the vantage point from high-atop the ballpark is one of the best in the league, as is the chicken sandwich and dill pickle spear that I get nearly every night (though it would be nice if the Indians would offer some of the great barbeque or rice bowls that they have on the concourse).
NOTES FROM MONDAY: I have not received word from trainer Bob Grimes as to the status of the elbow injury to Amaury Paulino, who had to leave last night’s game in the eighth inning…Marco Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya each had doubles in the loss, extending their hit streaks to seven games, equaling the longest streaks in the NWL – with Amaya having reached base safely in all 11 games he’s played…Willson Contreras gunned down two base runners last night, with opposing runners just 3-for-10 in stolen base attempts against him…Bill Buckner was honored in the second inning as being a part of the 1970 Spokane Indians team that won the Pacific Coast League title – a squad that was managed by Tommy Lasorda.
ALUMNI REPORT: Look later tonight for the latest Boise Hawks alumni report, as I have indentified 139 former Hawks who are currently active in pro baseball – including Spokane hitting coach Oscar Bernard (’05) and Spokane pitching coach Ryan O’Malley (’02).