August 2013

Playoff Picture

NWLThree games remain, three teams are separated by just one game…two teams vying for a playoff spot.  Pennant Fever in Boise.

Following a 10-6 loss to Salem-Keizer last night, many thought it was a bad loss for the Hawks – but in all reality, it helped their postseason hopes.

Salem-Keizer leads Boise/Hillsboro by one game…and has won the first-half title, so they are in the playoffs.  For the Hawks and Hops, the three game series will determine who will meet the Volcanoes on Tuesday night.

Some of the particulars – the Hawks hold the season series edge with Hillsboro (7-2), as does Salem-Keizer (9-3), so if Hillsboro finishes tied with either Boise or the Volcanoes – the Hops lose the tiebreaker.

If S-K wins the second-half season, Boise claims the second berth (as the Volcanoes also won the first half pennant and the Hawks have the next best overall record).

It is simple for the Hawks…win 2-of-3 against Hillsboro and they are in…win 1-of-3 against Hillsboro and have Salem-Keizer win one game vs. Eugene and they are in…or have Salem-Keizer sweep Eugene (regardless of what they do vs. Hillsboro) and they are in.

Hillsboro has the tough road…they must sweep the Hawks and have Eugene take 2-of-3 from S-K (who is 9-0 against the Ems) or take 2-of-3 from the Hawks and have Eugene sweep S-K to earn the playoff spot.

The North Division race will also come down to the wire, as Spokane and Vancouver are battling for the final spot (Spokane has the tiebreak on the C’s) – with both teams playing on the road for their final three games.

Boise Hawks Roster Moves – August 25

Arias5HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced a pair of roster moves prior to this afternoon’s Northwest League game against the Hillsboro Hops.

Pitcher Jose Arias has been promoted to the Class-A Kane County Cougars, while pitcher Trey Masek has been sent to the Arizona Rookie League.

Arias has been dominant in his four outings in August, going 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA – allowing just six hits in 10.2 innings, walking a batter and striking out nine.

Masek2Masek, the fifth-round draft pick out of Texas Tech, had a 1-0 record and a 2.16 ERA in 16.2 innings of work.  The right hander walked eight and struck out 19 with Boise, but had not seen game action since Aug. 18.

No corresponding moves have been made at this time – with the Boise roster sitting at 28 players (including Cael Brockmeyer, who remains on the seven-day disabled list).

Game Notes – August 24

GameNotesAttached are the Official Boise Hawks Game Notes for tonight’s series opener against the Hillsboro Hops.  Hillsboro leads the Northwest League’s South Division by one game over Boise with nine games remaining in the regular season – with the two teams meeting six times over that span.

The Hawks enter with a three-game win streak after the first-ever road sweep of Salem Keizer and are 4-4 on their current 11-game road swing.  Hillsboro is riding a season-best seven-game win streak, including a three-game sweep at Eugene.


A look back to the Tri-Cities

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt wasn’t a memorable five days for the Boise Hawks at Gesa Stadium, as the Tri-City Dust Devils took 4-of-5 games from the Boise Hawks.  The Rockies affiliate had the Hawks number throughout the 2013 season, winning 8-of-10 games…while Tri-City is currently just 2-9 against Spokane.

However, I had the opportunity to take some photos from the ballpark and thought you’d enjoy seeing what the yard looked like.

The first night was pretty interesting, when the first image was taken – we had a rogue thunderstorm roll through the Columbia Basin – lightning was everywhere around us, but stayed a mile from the ballpark.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next three pictures are taken from the warning track in the outfield – one the look from right field, one from centerfield, one in right.  You can see that the lower level of the stadium, below the concourse are box seats – which is where many of the Hawks fans that made the trip to the Tri-Cities for the weekend had the opportunity to sit.

You can see the press box sits at the back of the bleachers – with one of my favorite crews in the league working in there…though all of the press box crews are amazing in the Northwest League.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe big behemoth off the first base side is the saving-grace for baseball in the Tri-Cities.  Years ago, the State of Washington – when the Seattle Seahawks were building their new stadium (after the demise of the Kingdome), part of the funding plan helped each of the minor league teams (in all sports) in the state.  Yakima and Everett each got video boards, Spokane got upgrades to their seating bowl, and Tri-City built the Sun Shade, that puts over 80% of their nearly 4,000 seats in the shade at game time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAttendance jumped from around 1,400 to nearly 2,300 in years since the shade was installed.  And the feeling when the 100-degree day turns to 85 in the shade feels so good.

The one weird thing this year – only going to Tri-City once.  One final awesome thing – they have a Dutch Bros. Coffee right across the street from the stadium!!!

BP Video – Yasiel Balaguert/Danny Lockhart

Had a chance to take some video during batting practice on Tuesday in the Tri-Cities, catching a round of BP with both Yasiel Balaguert and Danny Lockhart in the cage.

Since I took the video, Balaguert is 4-for-8 with four RBI, with Lockhart going 3-for-8 – and has hit safely in six consecutive games.

Alumni Report – August 20

AlumniReportThe following link is the latest Boise Hawks Alumni Report for games through August 20…a total of 155 former players/managers are still active in professional baseball, including 23 on current Major League rosters.


Roster Moves – August 20

PugliesePASCO, Wash. – The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced four roster moves prior to tonight’s game with the Tri-City Dust Devils.

James Pugliese has been promoted to Class-A Kane County; pitcher Eddie Orozco has been removed from the seven-day disabled list and added to the Boise roster; catcher Cael Brockmeyer has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to yesterday); and catcher Neftali Rosario has been sent to Boise from Class-A Kane County.

Pugliese earns his first promotion to a long-season team after posting a 4-3 record and a 2.32 ERA in 11 starts, tossing a team-high 62 innings and striking out a team-high 47 men.

Orozco joined the Hawks on July 17 on a rehab stint from Kane County, going 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in eight appearances.  He will continue to be utilized out of the bullpen.

Brockmeyer2Brockmeyer was hitting .298 with five doubles and 13 RBI for the Hawks before he had to leave Sunday’s game after taking a foul tip off his mask.  He was placed on the disabled list as part of Minor League Baseball’s new concussion prevention program.

Rosario joins the Hawks after playing in four games at Kane County, going 2-for-9 in limited action.  The sixth-round pick of the Cubs in the 2011 draft from Puerto Rico spent last season in the Arizona Rookie League, hitting .214 with seven RBI.

The Hawks active roster now sits at 29, with one player on the disabled list.

Game Notes – August 15

GameNotesThe following are the official game notes for tonight’s Boise Hawks vs. Eugene Emeralds Northwest League game at 7:15 p.m.  The Hawks are shooting for a perfect 6-0 record at home this season against the Ems and trying to complete a 7-1 homestand prior to their 11-game road trip.

Cllck Here for the 8-15-13 Boise Hawks Game Notes

Gretzky to Kane County, Brockmeyer to Boise

BD2_9648The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced a trio of roster moves prior to the start of a three-game series with the Eugene Emeralds.

Outfielder Trevor Gretzky has been promoted to Class-A Kane County and third-baseman Kris Bryant has been promoted to Advanced Class-A Daytona, while catcher Cael Brockmeyer has been returned to Boise after a week with the AAA Iowa Cubs.

Gretzky is coming off a 3-for-4 game on Sunday night against Vancouver – upping his batting average to .256.  The third-year professional had four doubles and six RBI – and had hit safely in all 11 games he played at Memorial Stadium.

Bryant heads to Daytona after a stellar three weeks in Boise, hitting .354 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 18 games with the Hawks.  The second-overall pick in the 2013 draft heads to the D-Cubs riding a 15-game hit streak.

Brockmeyer returns to Boise after spending the last week with the I-Cubs, going 1-for-6 in two games in the Pacific Coast League.  He was hitting .306 with 12 RBI prior to the All-Star Break.

Goodbye to Kris Bryant

???????????????????????????????Boise Hawks fans knew that the time would come – for those of us around the game, we had three dates circled.  The day Kris Bryant would leave Boise for a bigger challenge up the ladder of professional baseball.

Many thought it would be August 5 – the first day of the All-Star Break. Others thought August 12, a off-day for the Boise Hawks, while some thought August 16 – the day the Hawks embark on the grueling Western Idaho Fair road trip.

August 12 was the day – as while he was enjoying a peaceful day at Roaring Springs in Meridian, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft learned he was headed to the East Coast to the Daytona Cubs.

Luckily for me, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bryant for a good nine-minute interview – and asked him some questions others hadn’t.  You can listen to the interview here – it will run tonight during the second segment of Hawkstown Tonight, along with a montage of Bryant’s top highlights as a Boise Hawk.

Truly a professional in all sense of the word – Bryant has the potential to be a superstar.  Big, strong athletic build; charisma; engaging; very intellectual; and can play the game.  The Cubs have themselves another star in the making – alongside the Almora’s, the Baez’s, and the Soler’s.

It was a fun ride – as Bryant leaves town with the third longest active hit streak currently in Boise Hawks history (Stephen Bruno still is riding a 22-game hit streak from last year, Matt Szczur hit safely in all 18 games with the Hawks in 2010).

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from a woman in BASEBALL . . .

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