June 2012

Game Notes (6/22/12) and Links

Here are the Game Notes for Game 3 of the series with the Eugene Emeralds (Click Here for Game Notes)

There have been some articles about the Hawks stadium “issue” in the local and regional media over the past few days – here are some links to some of the better stories…

Idaho Statesman – “Hawks Opening Day – and one lingering question”

Oregonian – “Boise Hawks Baseball Team eyed Hillsboro”

Idaho Press Tribune – “Owner Hopes Boise Still Wants the Hawks”

KTVB-TV – “Baseball Stadium Plans Remain in Left Field”

KIVI-TV – “Boise Hawks GM Talks About Upcoming Season”


“Rock” Off Magic at Memorial Stadium

After another untimely error put the Boise Hawks three outs away from a 1-6 start, the wand that is Memorial Stadium Magic was waved in the bottom of the ninth inning – as a two-run rally gave the squad their first home win, 5-4 over Eugene.

Below are the highlights from our MILB.tv feed (courtesy of Fiberpipe)…we appologize for the buffering issues on the video broadcast and hope to have it fixed by Friday night.

Jeimer Candelario hit a tough 1-2 pitch into right field to score Gioskar Amaya (who hit his NWL leading third triple of the season with one out), and after a Willson Contreras single,  Rock Shoulders blasted a drive to the warning track in left – well deep enough to score pinch runner Brian Inoa with the winner.

It gave Hayden Simpson his first win – in possibly one of his best appearances in his young career, going four innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit, one walk, and tying a career-high with seven strikeouts.

Despite squandering opportunities all night, the Hawks gutted out the win – moving out of the cellar in the East (as Spokane lost in extra innings for a second-straight night in Everett).

NOTES – Stephen Bruno recorded his first professional hit, an infield single in the second inning…Eduardo Gonzalez stole the first base of the season for the Hawks in the sixth, swiping third…the Hawks are expected to receive a pair of players on rehab stints tomorrow from Mesa – as left-handed pitcher Zach Rosscup and right-handed pitcher Su-Min Jung will join the team (both currently are on the 7-day DL with the Daytona Cubs)…former Hawk, Kyler Burke, was promoted today to the Daytona Cubs (from Peoria), while Rebel Ridling was sent from Tennessee to Daytona…another former Hawk, Richard Jones, was released.

Opening Day – Part 2

I had the opportunity to join Chris Nettleton on the KBOI-2 5:00 News last night and mentioned it to him that last night was probably the best weather a Boise Hawks fan would have at Memorial Stadium this summer.  80 degrees, a light breeze, no clouds.  Absolutely perfect – and a great game to boot (despite the outcome).

(Click Here for Thursday, 6/21, Game Notes)

Eugene, on the first of 14 games away from PK Park, scored all seven of their runs with two outs, topping the Hawks, 7-4.  The Ems have to play five in the BOI, then trips to Salem-Keizer, Vancouver, and Everett before returning home July 4 (as Eugene is hosting the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

THE GOOD: The Fans…it is funny to see the difference in 3,000-fan bases.  At Salem-Keizer, 3,000 fans were at the first three games of the series and weren’t a part of the game, in Boise – they get loud, whether it is cheering or booing a player or umpire.  Jeimer Candelario (pictured left) hit a long two-run homer (first non-solo homer of the season by the Hawks), and despite taking the loss, Amaury Paulino was sharp until tiring in his fourth inning of work.

THE BAD: Hitting with men in scoring position.  The Hawks are hitting just .130 as a team this year with men in scoring position – the difference in a 4-2 start and the 1-5 slump they are in…untimely miscues – a throwing error with runners at first and third in the third inning plated a run, the seventh unearned run allowed through six games.

NOTES: Chadd Krist (pictured right), the ninth-round pick out of Cal, logged his first professional hit with a third inning single – as just as they did with Shawon Dunston Jr. and Justin Marra this season, he received the ball for his collection…The Cub Reporter mentioned last night that a pair of former Boise Hawks, Jonathan Mota and Ben Wells, have recently underwent Tommy John Surgery and are out for the season…Hawks primary owner, Neil Leibmann was in attendance at the game…prior to the game (which started 17 minutes late), the Hawks honored bat boy John Lothrop, who passed away recently at the age of 14.

ASK THE EXPERTS: We’ll be starting a series this summer with some of the key Boise Hawks sponsors, talking about how-to things…the first is with our friends at the Idaho Athletic Club

Game Notes for 6/20 vs. Eugene

After an eight run bus ride back to Boise (got to Memorial Stadium at 8 a.m.), it’s a quick turnaround for the Boise Hawks, opening a five-game series with the Eugene Emeralds.

(Click Here for Tonight’s Game Notes)

Prior to the game, all three Boise TV affiliates (ABC, CBS, NBC) did live shots at the park for their evening news – expecting a nice crowd on a gorgeous night for baseball.

Game Notes – 6/19/12

Big win last night for the Hawks – and a REALLY late night for the team (most of the players got to Denny’s in Salem at 12:15 AM last night).

Entire game recap (including great nights from Justin Marra and Rafael Diplan) available in tonight’s game notes (Click Here to Read Game Notes from 6/19/12)

The Hawks will return home following tonight’s game (Willengton Cruz goes for Boise against S-K’s Mario Rodriguez) at 6:35 p.m. (PT)

Tomorrow night – make sure to tune into Hawkstown Tonight at 6 p.m., as we’ll have our first Go Cubs Go segment of the season, chatting with the other broadcasters from the Cubs affiliates.

Life in Oregon’s Capital

Thought we would take a quick look at the stuff off the diamond during the trip to Salem-Keizer, the first road swing of the year for the Boise Hawks.

HOTEL – the team stays at the Comfort Suites, a very nice hotel with clean comfortable rooms (pictured left) – great continental breakfast, and cookies at night.  Definitely in the top tier of hotels in the league.  Unfortunately, the location is a boon for players looking for places to eat after the game.

FOOD – as mentioned above, not many options – as a 1/2 mile down the road is a Denny’s (which following last nights win, was slammed at 12:15 AM when the team arrived – taking nearly 90 minutes to get food).  Players can walk a mile to a Walmart, Subway, or Panda Express for lunch.  Our team driver has made it a ritual to take the guys to Applebee’s (when they are open) for a postgame meal.  Two other great options if one has a car – the Ram Restaurant and Brewery (same as in Boise), which has a great Sunday happy hour, and the Golden Dragon, which has ridiculously good food.

BALLPARK – most of you know how critical I have been over the years on the Salem-Keizer franchise, but believe it or not, I do have friends within the organization.  PA Announcer Michael Trevino does a really good job (there are some fabulous PA guys in the league) and is hillarious – plus you know where to get gum if you need it at the park.  Giants video coordinator Norm Ordaz his a riot and always has a wealth of knowledge, and Operations Manager Rick Nelson is always prompt (and has me the attendance count in the 7th inning every night, which is outstanding).  I have never been a fan of the radio booth and never will – and despite all of Jerry Howard’s pestering of fans, they always find a way to get into the crowd mike (AKA the Drunk Guy on Friday).  A thumbs down in the clubhouse this year, where the coaching staff did not receive a postgame meal during the entire series – the first time in eight years I’ve ever seen that.

CONDIMENT BAR: My Best of the Northwest League in 2012 will feature the Condiment Bar at each of the eight stadiums – starting at Volcanoes Stadium.  S-K has improved their selection over the years, with thick cut pickles, diced onions, sauerkraut, and jalapenos for the fans, along with the typical ketchup and mustard.  However, kudos to the Volcanoes for their relish – a really dilly relish that is OUTSTANDING.  Maybe the best relish in the league (I’ll have to wait till we get to Vancouver to see – the relish at the Nat is pretty good too)

News and Notes – 6/18

Last night was a tough pill to swallow for the Hawks, squandering a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning, losing on a walk-off single for the second time in three games, falling 4-3 to Salem-Keizer.

(Click Here for 6/18 Game Notes)

THE GOOD: An outstanding debut for the young South African, Tayler Scott, who tossed five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four.  He commanded the strike zone for the most part and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning.  Gioskar Amaya had an RBI single and added a pair of highlight reel plays at second base to stop S-K rallies, while Jeimer Candelario added two RBI.

THE BAD: The bullpen struggled with its command, allowing four walks and six hits over the final two innings alone.  After retiring six of the first seven men he faced, Hayden Simpson failed to get an out in the eighth, as Pete Levitt allowed two inherited runs to score.  In the ninth, back to back one out singles got S-K in position against Levitt, with Bryce Shafer allowed two RBI singles with two outs to end the game.

NOTES: Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits in the game, including his first professional base hit…the Hawks have scored nine runs this season, but have not scored more than one run in an inning…Salem-Keizer used 14 position players in the win, while the Hawks have just 11 position players on their roster.

ROSTER MOVE: The Hawks added a pitcher earlier today, as right-hander Felix Pena has been added from Peoria.  Pena had a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA in six appearances with the Chiefs, tossing 10 innings. (Click to see Hawks Roster as of 6/18/12)

TODAY: Ian Dickson makes his professional debut for the Hawks, meeting NWL veteran Kendry Flores.  Game time is 6:35 p.m. (PT).

Game Notes 6/17/12 (Game 3)

Game Notes are ready for today’s 5:05 p.m. (PT) game at Salem-Keizer – playing right alongside the Big League club, who will be the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game against the Boston Red Sox.  (Click Here to View Today’s Game Notes)

Tayler Scott will make his Hawks debut on the mound against the Volcanoes Raymundo Montero.

Second Verse, Same as the First

Game 2 of the season was a lot like the season opener, an early lead, a mid-game breakdown, but this time, Salem-Keizer used a big seventh inning to put the game away in a 7-4 win.

THE GOOD: The Hawks made a couple solid defensive plays in a tough seventh inning, as Jeimer Candelario made a tough backhanded stab of a line drive for the first out with the bases loaded, then Eduardo Gonzalez made a sliding catch with the sacks full to end the inning.  Rock Shoulders and Willson Contreras each hit home runs – both solo shots.  Starter James Pugliese picked off a runner at first with a stellar third-to-first move that thwarted a rally.

THE BAD: Amaury Paulino was erratic at times in his two innings of work – allowing a run after two outs in the sixth, then hitting a man, walking two, and hurling a wild pitch in the three-run seventh inning that put the game away.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was picked off of first in the eighth inning – with the tying run at the plate.

NOTES: The home run by Shoulders went a long, long, ways – over the right field wall and beyond a 35 foot high protective net, finding its way onto the heavily traveled Interstate 5.   It marked his first professional home run after 14 homers in junior college in 2011.  The Hawks are in both first and last place in the East Division – as S-K, Eugene, Everett, and Vancouver have all improved to 2-0 on the season.

DRAFT NOTES: The Cubs announced the signing of 15 players from the 2012 First-Year Players Draft, including supplemental first-round pick, Paul Blackburn, a high school pitcher from California.  College players that may end up in Boise include pitchers Michael Heesch (8th Round), Corbin Hoffner (14th Round),  and Stephen Perkaslis (21st Round), infielders Stephen Bruno (7th Round), Tim Saunders (32nd Round), Ben Carhart (35th Round), and Jake Rogers (40th Round), catchers Chadd Kirst (9th Round), Carlos Escobar (15th Round, and Lance Rymel (28th Round), and outfielder Izaac Garsez (30th Round) – from The College of Idaho.

AROUND THE MINORS: Josh Vitters went 4-for-4 in Iowa’s 9-1 loss to Albuquerque on Saturday, while Rebel Ridling hit the go-ahead solo homer in the eighth in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Birmingham, helping the Smokies above the .500 mark.  Austin Kirk got the start for the Northern Division team in the Florida State All-Star Game, tossing a scoreless inning in a 6-3 loss.

Game Notes for 6/16 vs. Salem-Keizer

Here are my Game Notes for tonight’s game vs. Salem-Keizer (Game Notes/Stat Pack for 6/16)

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