What’s Happened in a Week?
My appologizes for missing the past week from the blog – but it wasn’t for lack of effort – as I got the new College of Idaho athletic website launched (you can view it at http://yoteathletics.com) and had to get everything in order on the home front to be on the road for 11-straight days.
What happened since – first-rounders arrived. Pierce Johnson, the supplemental first-round pick from Missouri State has made a pair of appearances, including a stellar performance last night vs. Tri-City, striking out five men in two innings, showcasing a devastating cut-fastball.
Also arriving to a lot of accolades is sixth-overall draft pick, Albert Almora, the nearly four-million dollar man (I have dubbed the Mariners Mike Zunino the four million dollar man as he signed for four large, while Almore signed for 100K less – still more $$$ than I’ll make in a lifetime). All Almora did was hit a homer in his Boise debut – just as he did in Mesa
The team played well during the homestand, despite losing 3-of-5 to a much-improved Salem-Keizer team. The Hawks had the lead in the fifth inning or later in all five games, and just couldn’t hold on in a couple of them. Home runs continue to rain for the Hawks, as every position player has at least one home run – with Dan Vogelbach and Rock Shoulders leading the way with eight each. Vogelbach’s seven homers in five days earned him some accolades from the MLB Network, who talked about him on their prospect report.
Marco Hernandez had his 18-game hit streak snapped, but Willson Contreras has followed him with an 11-game streak that is still active. Felix Pena has recorded a win in his last three appearances, and Tayler Scott has improved his record to 5-1 this season. The back-end of the pen in Eddie Orozco and Nathan Dorris is solid, the duo combining for seven saves.