Another night on the road, another win for the Boise Hawks – I honestly do not know what has gotten into this team on the road. In fact, many of the host families who made the trek up to Pasco tonight all wondered the same thing – how does a team go from 2-16 on the road to 9-2 on the road in the span of less than a month.
Tonight, it was some timely hitting – two out hits in the third inning by Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach (legging out a triple), a big safety squeeze by Lance Rymel, and a flat-out crushed home run from Stephen Bruno that helped the team to a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning.
Justin Amlung was solid, Mike Heesch rebounded after three rough outings by throwing first-pitch strikes and retired 6-of-7. However, James Pugliese continued to struggle – allowing three runs on four hits in the fifth, but got a key strikeout of Derek Jones to keep the score at 7-4. Su-Min Jung ran out of gas in the seventh and nearly surrendered the lead, but also fanned Jones with the tying run at third.
And what can you say about Eddie Orozco – he has embraced the late inning role (was a starter in college), recording his fourth save in four opportunities, moving into a tie for fourth in the league in saves.
NO WIND – It has been a rare glimpse into the weather of the Mid-Columbia Valley, as for a second-straight day, there has been no wind to speak of at the park. No dust, no smoke, just pure 100-degree heat. In all of my years, I remember a day or two without the famous wind, but not back to back days.
TALKING FOOD: We took a break from reporting on the food from before we took off on the previous road trip – with a new leader in the clubhouse, thanks to my new favorite meal – a turkey sandwich. Home Plate Food Services in Boise began serving a turkey sandwich prior to games earlier this season and it is dynamite, but then when they offered it in Everett a week and a half ago, that was perfect, as we stay away from the hot dog game. Food Standings (as of August 17) – Ham/Turkey Sandwich (12), Chicken Sandwich (7), Pulled Pork Sandwich (6), Pizza (5), Hot Dogs (5), Meatball Sandwich (5), Smoked Sausage (4), Hamburger (4), Chicken Caesar Wrap (4), Philly Cheesesteak (3), No Food (3), Pulled Pork Nachos (2), Salisbury Steak (1), Fish & Chips (1), Chicken Cordon Blue (1).