Tough, Tough Break
After some Memorial Stadium magic on Thursday night, the Hawks were in position on Friday to do the same – weasling out of a jam in the 10th and it looked like Bryce Shafer was going to do the same in the 11th – before “The Call” broke Boise’s back. With runners and second and third and two outs, the righty coaxed Francisco Sosa to ground to third, where Jeimer Candelario inexplicably tried to tag Yafistel Roja going by instead of throwing to first for the force out. However, in trying to tag Roja, the runner ran at least five feet into the infield grass (sorta like a Little League play) and then back to the third base bag. The umpire crew ruled everyone safe – which exploded the ticking timebomb that was Mark Johnson (you can watch the play about 3/4 of the way through tonight’s highlights.
MJ was subsequently ejected – which was tough because the exact same call went against the Hawks in Tri-City (on a bunt by Marco Hernandez), with this calling looking much more obvious than the one on Hernandez.
One must remember – calls will go for a team and go against a team. Things all even out in the end – as for instance a ball hit by Jarod Berggren in the 10th looked fair that would have been a two-run single, but it was ruled a foul ball and the Hawks got out of trouble.
THE GOOD – Bijan Rademacher extended his hit streak to seven, while Candelario had his nine multi-hit game. Mike Heesch fanned four batters in two innings of work, and James Pugliese was in position for his first win before the bullpen could not hold it.
THE BAD – Trey Martin and Shawon Dunston continue to struggle, as Martin ended a 1-for-20 slump with a bunt single, while Dunston couldn’t get a sacrifice bunt down and was picked off to end the game (he is in an 0-for-15 slump). With the loss, Boise is now 7-15 on the season, equaling their worst start through 22 games in affiliated franchise history.
NOTES – Tyler Colvin hit two homers today for the Rockies, and now has 13 on the season