Home Sweet Home
It was a rough road trip to Spokane – scoring just four runs and recording 16 hits in the three losses to the Indians. However, it was as if a lightswitch was turned on once the Hawks walked between the chalk lines at Memorial Stadium, as the team had quality at bats and outstanding pitching, ending a three-game losing streak in style with a 12-2 win.
THE GOOD: I’ll start with the effort of Ian Dickson, who pounded the strike zone, fanning a career-high six men in picking up his first win as a professional. The righty allowed just four hits and one earned run, working five innings. It was a solid night at the plate for both Willson Contreras and Chad Krist, each recording four hits. Krist had two doubles and nearly had a third that banged off the wall in left – with the former Cal Bear doing the smart thing an holding a first. Contreras drove in three runs and made two outstanding hustle plays – scoring on a double by Stephen Bruno from first and taking an extra base on a grounder up the middle that went off the glove of Spokane 2B Cam Schiller.
THE BAD: David Perez struggled for the Indians – nine runs in three innings, walking three men, and serving up four wild pitches. Not a good night.
NOTES: Gregori Gonzalez made his Boise debut and singled home a run in his first at bat, while newcomer Eddie Orozco of UC-Riverside made his debut, throwing a scoreless sixth inning…Rafael Diplan threw two more scoreless frames and has now started the season with 11 shutout innings…Dong-Yub Kim hit the first grand slam since Paul Hoilman clubbed one against the same Spokane squad last July…Kim also ended a 0-for-13 slump with runners-in-scoring-position…the Hawks finally got to the Spokane pen, after the Indians tossed 13 innings of shutout ball at Avista Stadium earlier in the week.
ROSTER MOVES: Orozco was one of four players who arrived in Boise yesterday – as fellow pitchers Mike Hamann (Toledo) and Michael Heesch (USC-Beaufort) joined the squad, along with OF Bijan Rademacher (Fullerton State/Orange Coast CC). Today, the revolving door continues, as Amaury Paulino, who was injured throwing a pitch in Spokane, has been put on the disabled list and will head to Mesa for treatment, while OF Trey Martin – who was hitting .440 with five doubles and six RBI in the AZL, was promoted. Fans in the Treasure Valley have to be disappointed that neither of the first two OF’s called up had the last name of Garsez (as in the Caldwell native playing for the Mesa Cubs) – as his former American Legion team was in attendance last night.
GAME ON FM TONIGHT: Tonight’s game will be the second of six games on 93.1 KTIK-FM, with Hawkstown Tonight at 6:05, with the first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. Other FM games will be July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 10 – all Friday nights.