June 2014

Mark Zagunis Batting Practice Video

Cubs third-round selection Mark Zagunis joined the Boise Hawks following yesterday morning’s game – and took his first round of batting practice with the team at Tri-City

Inside the Northwest League – Avista Stadium

In 2014, I will give you an inside look at each of the stadiums the Boise Hawks will visit this year – beginning with Avista Stadium in Spokane.

Tomasovich Doubles in Pro Debut


Charlie White (2014 draft pick out of Maryland) taking BP in Spokane

Saturday night marked the professional debut of Cubs prospects Alex Tomasovich and Charlie White, as the third-day draft selections were in the starting line-up in the Boise Hawks 3-2 loss to Spokane.

Tomasovich made his presence known early, hitting a fastball into the right-centerfield gap for a double in his first plate appearance and was given the ball as a commemorative gesture.

White was 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch, scoring a run in the fifth inning that put the Hawks up at the time, 2-1.  He also learned a nuance of the game early – chasing down a foul ball and firing it back to the infield (instead of to a ball boy or to a fan in the crowd), which is the common practice in college.

The Hawks got a quality performance from Trevor Clifton, who fanned a career-high six in four innings (highlight of his strikeout with the bases loaded and two outs), and Trey Lang hasn’t given up a run now in five innings after two scoreless innings of relief.

The Boise bullpen, however, could not hold a lead for the second time on this road trip – giving up a pair of runs in the eighth inning (the fifth blown save of the season – though the Hawks have won two of the games).

NOTES: Giuseppe Papaccio left the game in the fourth inning after his hand was cut by the seams of the ball on a pickoff play at second base…Varonex Cuevas broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with his first two hits in the Boise uniform – a solo homer and an a sharp single…attendance was 5,731 fans – most likely the largest crowd the Hawks will play in front of this summer.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP Yao-Lin Wang has been removed from the 7-Day DL and will rejoin the Daytona Cubs, with the D-Cubs sending Jasvir Rakkar to Boise…Rakkar was a mainstay in the bullpen for the Hawks in 2013, going 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA.


Canela Highlight, Roster Moves, Game Notes


Kevin Brown went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the 8-7 loss to Eugene on Thursday night (photo Mike Safford/Boise Hawks)

Getaway Day in Eugene after a rough extra innings loss in 11 frames last night – the fifth-straight loss in extras by the Hawks since June of 2013.  Great game for Kevin Brown with a pair of doubles (3-for-5), with Justin Marra driving in three in his debut in the No. 3 slot in the order.  Tyler Ihrig settled down after a rough first inning, fanning seven in six innings of work.

Friday Night Game Notes in Eugene

Couple things I noticed over the last two days in Eugene… 1 – the PA announcer at P.K. Park keeps referring to the Hawks as the Boise State Hawks (not sure why – though I think the BSU admissions staff must love it)…2 – the music man plays songs that has questionable lyrics after 6 p.m. (forcing me to dim the crowd mic – or the FCC might be calling me)…3 – every time the horn bellows for CHARGE…it is followed by the sound of someone blowing on their arm (it’s comical the first time, not the fifth) –  I don’t think these things would never had happened at Civic Stadium; 4- Gas prices are much higher than in Boise (whereas last season they were 20 cents cheaper), with unleaded at $4.03.

PreGame Meal standings after 7 games – Chicken Strips/Burgers 2, Hot Dogs, Cheesesteak, PB&J 1.

Roster moves followed the game last night – as David Bote got the call up to Kane County, while Scott Frazier has been optioned to Mesa to work on his command in the Arizona Rookie League.  Three players have joined the team – catcher Erick Castillo (hit .258 last season in Mesa); infielder Alex Tomasovich of Charleston Southern (where he hit .361 with 5 HR and 44 RBI); and outfielder Charlie White of Maryland (.284 2 HR 29 RBI, 26 SB – who caught a lot of attention during the Super Regionals against Virginia).

Here is the highlight of Danny Canela’s RBI double from last night

News and Notes from Eugene

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The Hawks piled up a record 5 home runs on Tuesday afternoon (most in the 14 year run with the Cubs) in the 12-3 victory over Tri-City, but managed just four hits (including a David Bote home run) in last night’s 5-2 loss in Eugene – as the squad fanned a season-high 13 times (including four K’s by Jeffrey Baez after being inserted into the No. 3 hole vacated by Schwarber).

Was impressed by the two Trey’s last night – though Trey Masek walked three men, he worked out of not one, but two second-and-third, one-out jams, getting back-to-back K’s twice.  Trey Lang looks very comfortable in a relievers role, and his above average slider had a ton of bite.

Thursday Night Game Notes in Eugene

Also, here is our highlight of the game – Jesse Hodges’ RBI single in the fourth inning that got the Hawks on the board

Video of Josh Conway

Here is video of Josh Conway’s first batter faced as a professional

Kyle Schwarber Promoted to Kane County

Schwarber4BOISE, Idaho – The Boise Hawks, in conjuction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber has been promoted to Class-A Kane County.
The fourth-overall pick in the 2014 Draft hit .600 with four home runs and 10 RBI in the Hawks opening series with Tri-City, helping Boise win 4-of-5 games.
Schwarber hit a go-ahead three-run homer on Friday in the Hawks 4-2 win, adding a pair of solo homers in today’s 12-3 rout of the Dust Devils.  He was 12-for-20 with a double and triple in a Boise uniform.
He will join the first-half Western Division champion Cougars in time for their series opener Thursday vs. Cedar Rapids.
No other corresponding move has been announced.
The Hawks open an eight-game road trip tomorrow night in Eugene, with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. (MT).

Go-Ahead RBI single by Zak Blair

The lone video I got last night – Zak Blair’s RBI single to break the 7-7 tie, as Boise defeated Tri-City, 11-9

Fathers Day – PJ and I

I don’t post much personal stuff on the blog, but thanks to Trevor Phibbs of the Idaho Statesman, I had to share his Fathers’ Day video piece with you…

Highlights from Saturday’s 10-5 Win

Here are some highlights from last night’s 10-5 win over Tri-City

High Heels {and} Highlights

from a woman in BASEBALL . . .

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