From Salem, With Love
A day in the books in the capital city of Oregon – and a huge win for the Boise Hawks, ending the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes eight-game win streak with a 3-2 victory. The win pushed the Hawks win streak to five – their longest win streak since the end of July last season, when Boise went on to win the then East Division second half pennant.
An outstanding start from James Pugliese was the catalyst, as the righty tossed six innings of one-run ball, needing just 71 pitches, throwing 56 for strikes. The Hawks are now 4-0 in his four starts.
Jacob Hannemann was not a lucky guy yesterday – hitting two balls on the barrel of the bat, but both finding the glove of the leaping Tyler Hollick at the right field wall to take away extra base hits. However, the third-round pick was game in the ninth inning, punching a 3-2 pinch into left field to score Danny Lockhart with the eventual winning run.
HAPPY CANADA DAY: It was a great Canada Day for Ethan Elias, as the righty from Alberta picked up a win last night, allowing a run on two hits in two innings of work. Justin Marra, Jasvir Rakkar, and manager Gary Van Tol all hail from Canada.
THE TRIP: It was an easy seven hour drive to the Willamette Valley – with absolutely clear skies the entire way (outside of a few glimpses of lightning in the distance in Eastern Oregon). The team had to deal with issues at the team hotel (the Comfort Suites is a great property, just not a great location) – having to hike a distance for food (unless you have a Costco card).
STARTING ON TIME?: I have always been critical of Salem-Keizer over the years (including the lack of any bottles of water or frothy beverages in the managers’ office) – but I give the staff props for their Military Appreciation series. S-K will be honoring military heroes each night throughout the series – including 11 first-pitches last night. The only downfalls – first pitch was delayed by 19 minutes last night (grounds crew didn’t line the field until 6:43 for a 6:35 game), and the patriotic uniforms make it almost impossible to read numbers on the back (must be a common theme in the NWL). It is pretty cool to see 50 American flag adorning the outfield wall.
PRE GAME MEAL REPORT: We have had 16 pre-game meals this season (missing 2 due to the doubleheaders, where we were not fed)…leading the way is Hamburgers with 5, with Chicken Sandwiches right behind with 4. We have had hot dogs three times, with Pulled Pork sandwiches twice, and both Philly Cheesesteaks and a PB&J once (that one taken from the clubhouse when we did not receive a meal – actually happened in Boise). Saw an amazing chicken caesar salad last night here in Salem – but do not believe they’ll give that to the visiting radio guy and his son (though in Vancouver, they do the opposite – saying, “Hey Mike, why not try this…”)
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Former Boise Hawks IF (now catcher) Steve Clevenger has been traded to the Orioles, with former Tri-City Dust Devils SS (now RHP) Pedro Strop heading to Chicago…part of that trade also included starting pitcher Scott Feldman, allowing former Boise Hawks LHP Chris Rusin to get a call up and will start tonight for the Cubs.