Seven Runs was Enough
On Thursday night, a six-run lead in the seventh inning wasn’t enough…on Friday night, a two-run lead in the eighth with two outs wasn’t enough…so what were fans at Memorial Stadium thinking when the Boise Hawks took a seven run-lead into the top of the ninth inning on Saturday?
Thankfully, the third time was the charm – or the luckily charm of the rainbows that formed over the stadium midway through the game.
THE GOOD – Trey Martin continues to be on a huge roll, going 2-for-4 last night, driving in a career-high four runs. The 13th Round pick in last season’s draft is 11-for-19 over his last five games, which includes four multi-hit games and has to be one of the players who will be considered for Northwest League Player of the Week. Marco Hernandez had a quality game as well, rapping a pair of run-scoring doubles and playing quality defense at shortstop. Pete Levitt recorded his second-straight solid relief appearance, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and throwing a scoreless sixth inning, while Mike Hamann rebounded after two-straight rocky appearances to toss two shutout innings of relief.
THE BAD – The weather at the park kept a lot of fans away on a comfortable Saturday night (temperatures were in the low 90s – a nice night in Boise in July). We were lucky as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect throughout the game and big storms just missed the yard to our west and east. I am guessing it also kept many of the Treasure Valley mascots from joining us for the Mascot Mania (only four other mascots showed up), or all of the other mascots were at the Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise. I have to give props to my wife Liza (Mrs. @BoiseHawksRadio) for promoting The College of Idaho in the Coyote mascot outfit when no other student, faculty, or staff member stepped up to the plate for the event. (you can watch the Mascot Mania Race with Humphrey below).
NOTES – At 10-19, the Hawks are two games clear of Spokane from the cellar of the East Division, as the Indians are mired in an eight-game losing skid. On the flip side, a Boise loss or a Yakima win eliminates the Hawks from the first half pennant chase, as the Bears currently have a five game lead on Tri-City with nine games to play (Yakima may be able to clinch the playoff berth at Memorial Stadium in the upcoming three-game series). The Hawks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since mid-June tonight, with the piggy-back of Felix Pena and Willengton Cruz on the mound.