The second-overall pick in the 2013 first-year players draft helped the Hawks take 4-of-5 games against the defending NWL champion Vancouver Canadians – extending his hit streak to 15 games, the longest in the league this season.
Bryant went 9-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI – while drawing four walks. He has raised his average to .354 – with 13 of his 23 hits this season going for extra bases and has a 1.108 OPS. Yesterday, Bryant went 5-for-7 in Boise’s day-night doubleheader and drove in three runs.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow night, opening a three-game series with the Eugene Emeralds at 7:15 p.m.
The following are the official Game Notes for Friday night’s game between the Boise Hawks and the Vancouver Canadians. The Hawks currently sit one game out of first place in the Northwest League’s South Division’s second half and are 28-24 overall on the season.
Second-baseman Danny Lockhart has been sent to Boise from AAA Iowa; former Hawks pitcher Jose Rosario has been sent to Boise from Class-A Kane County; former Hawks pitcher Jose Arias joins Boise from Class-A Kane County; pitcher Rob Zastryzny has been promoted to Class-A Kane County; and catcher Cael Brockmeyer has been promoted to AAA Iowa.
Lockhart, selected to the NWL All-Star Team, played in two games for the I-Cubs, going 4-for-9 with a run scored in a series with Tacoma. He was among the NWL leaders in batting average and hits prior to his promotion to AAA.
Rosario, who posted a 6-3 record for the Hawks in 2011, returns after recording a 0-7 record and a 7.38 ERA in 64 innings with the Cougars in 2013. The hard-throwing right-hander struggled with his command in Kane County, walking 42 men while striking out just 33.
Arias, returning from injury after making just two appearances early this season in Kane County, was 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in six outings with the Mesa Cubs. A year ago, the right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA for the Hawks.
Brockmeyer was promoted on Tuesday to Iowa after a rash of injuries at the catcher position and went 1-for-3 in his AAA debut – and has remained with the team back to Des Moines to open a series with Fresno.
The Hawks currently have a full roster of 30 players, with Shawon Dunston Jr. on the disabled list and Eddie Orozco in Boise on a rehab assignment.
No corresponding roster move will be made.
Lockhart will take the place of another former Boise Hawk, Logan Watkins, who was promoted to Chicago after an injury to Cubs’ third-baseman Luis Valbuena landed him on the disabled list. Watkins, who is in the starting line-up for today’s series finale against the Dodgers, will become the 102nd former Hawks’ player to play in the Big Leagues.
Lockhart, the tenth-round pick out from Dacula, Ga., was hitting .309 with 16 RBI in 44 games with the Hawks – ranking among the NWL leaders in batting average and hits. Lockhart had 16 multi-hit games for Boise, including five three-hit games in July, when he led the team with a .329 batting average. A replacement for him will be announced later today for the NWL All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Watkins (right), who played for the Hawks in 2009, was hitting .243 with eight homers and 26 RBI for the I-Cubs prior to the promotion. While in Boise, the Kansas native was the everyday second-baseman, hitting .322 with 14 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and 29 RBI in 72 games.
When I saw the date of the Boise Music Festival fell on a home Saturday game for the Hawks – I remember calling Todd Rahr and asking him what the plans for the day were. He said – Bark in the Park #2 and a day game.
The Hawks had their first Bark in the Park Day at the end of the 2011 season – a day game that had tons of meaning, as the team needed a win to clinch their first playoff berth in five seasons. On an 85-degree day, a huge crowd turned out to watch the Hawks defeat Vancouver and celebrate the postseason bid.
Fast forward to Saturday – a day in which Dennis Miller was playing a concert in Boise, a huge Basque Festival was going on downtown, the Boise Open Golf Tournament was being played at Hillcrest, and 85,000 people were going to invade the Fairgrounds. The morning baseball game was a huge success, including some awesome breakfast foods at the yard – the perfect tonic before an afternoon in the sun. The fans were loud and got to enjoy the guitar riffs that were buzzing from across the access road.
After winning their fourth home series out of their last five, the Hawks headed to Everett – which for a dozen members of the club, will be their home for the next week. Weather in the North Puget Sound hasn’t been the best – cool and cloudy the first two days (in fact, the high temperature hasn’t climbed above 62, which is cooler than the low temperatures in Boise over the past month and a half). Friday ushered in what folks around here call “Convergence Zone Rains” – as winds come down the Strait of Juan de Fuca (separating the US and Canada) through the Chehalis Gap at the southern end, creating unique weather patterns. It meant a dreary, rainy day in Everett – and despite a game effort by the Aquasox grounds crew, the game was postponed.
With two rain outs in June, the three doubleheaders that will be played will be the most twinbills by the Hawks since the 2004 – which included a doubleheader in Everett that Boise swept.
ALL-STAR GAME: It will be an interesting experience for the eight players and the Boise Hawks staff that will remain in Everett for the first All-Star Game put on by the Northwest League since 2004. The team will be treated like royalty at the Tulalip Resort and Casino in Marysville – players getting free access to a game room and big screen TV, while having the opportunity to go to Seattle and watch Monday’s Mariners-Blue Jays game. All-Star Tuesday will start with a Home Run Derby – with Yasiel Balaguert representing the Boise Hawks, followed by the nine inning game which will feature Balaguert, Jacob Rogers, Lance Rymel, and Danny Lockhart in the starting line-up.