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A Monster Mash

VolcanoesStadium.jpgIt took the Boise Hawks a while to get their offense going, but once it did, six-consecutive two-out hits in a season-high seven-run eighth inning outburst to take a 10-7 victory over rival Salem-Keizer on Thursday night.

The big blast in the frame was a monster three-run home run over the video boarfrom Richard Jones, a blast that skipper Jody Davis told me after the game went probably 480 feet – with the ball found against the fence separating the ball park from Interstate 5.

Jones had his second three-hit game, while Matt Szczur logged his first three-hit game as a professional, extending his hit streak to seven games.  Alvaro Ramirez had two hits, pushing his hit streak to a NWL best 14 games – the longest active streak in the short season leagues and the second-longest streak in the short season leagues this season.

capitol.jpgNOTES: Cam Greathouse made his Hawks debut in the shadows of Oregon’s state capitol (pictured right during one of my runs through the city) – but seemed to rely on his curve ball a bit too much, in fact, he threw 24 curve balls of the 39 pitches in his two-plus innings of work…the sacrifice fly by Ramirez that scored Arismendy Alcantara in the ninth inning marked the first time that Boise has scored a run in the ninth this season.

The Hawks won two games at Volcanoes Stadium for the first time since the 2006 season and are gunning for their first series win against S-K on their diamond since the 2003 season – when Sean Marshall and three relievers combined on a five hitter in the rubber game of the series, defeating the Volcanoes (and future big leaguers Travis Ishikawa, Nate Schierholtz, and Pat Misch) 3-0.

Yaki-Vegas welcomes Hawks with a win

yakima.jpgThe sign as you drive into Yakima tells it all “The Palm Springs of Washington” – abundant golf courses, great weather, tons and tons of fresh fruit stands, and wins for the Boise Hawks.  The Hawks continued their winning ways against the Yakima Bears tonight, claiming a 5-4 victory at County Stadium on Shane Victorino bobblehead night (a 2000 Bear alum).

Josh Whitlock got a spot start tonight and was stellar, retiring the first eight men he faced, then worked out of a two-out jam in the third.  The Hawks built a 4-0 lead in the sixth, thanks to a Greg Rohan two-run single and an RBI triple by Richard Jones – his second triple in as many games.  Boise would take a 5-1 lead into the ninth, but it got interesting, as Gerson Montilla hit a three-run homer around the foul pole in left, to cut the margin to 5-4, but Ryan Sontag struck out Dan Kaczrowski to end the game.

Jose Valdez went 4-for-4 with a walk, with Logan Watkins recording three hits – both responding after a tough series in Everett.  D.J. Fitzgerald doubled and tripled – scoring the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth.

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ABOUT YAKI-VEGAS: Another term for the Yakima Valley is Yaki-Vegas, as there are numerous state-owned mini-casinos in town (including the Caribbean Casino close to the hotel that has been frequented by the Hawks over the years), along with the Legends Casino, owned and operated by the Yakama (note the spelling) Tribe.  County Stadium (pictured right) was built in 1993 on the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, next to the old Yakima Meadows horse track and the SunDome.  It has quirky demensions – just 293 down the lines (which helped Montilla’s homer tonight), but is very deep in the gaps and 406 feet to center.  Tonight’s attendance was 2,047 – about 2/3 full, but if you listened to the broadcast, you would have thought there were 12,047 fans.

THE BACON: Pitching coach David Rosario was in street clothes again tonight, serving the final game of his three-game suspension due to his ejection in Everett…skipper Casey Kopitzke handled all of the conversations on the mound…the Hawks top two hitters – Hak-Ju Lee and Justin Bour were both given the day off…Rohan’s two-run single extended his hitting streak to five games a season-high…Valdez had the Hawks fourth four-hit game of the year, joining Brett Jackson, George Matheus, and Watkins (who also had a five-hit game)…Boise has won four-straight against the Bears and are now 6-1 against Yakima this season. 

The Birds Fly into Boise

pizza.jpgWith the typical fanfare that the Chicago Cubs brass has grown accustomed to each June, the newest version of the Boise Hawks have landed in the Treasure Valley.

The 27 players on the roster, along with two coaches and two roving instructor arrived at Boise Airport at 1:13 this afternoon – greeted by throngs of fans, Boise Hawks Booster Club members, and TV cameras.

Jon Nagel, who will make his professional debut in Boise, along with returning Hawk, Ryan Sontag were featured in local sportscasts – as was pitching coach David Rosario.

The team was also treated to a pizza dinner at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel – where the annual Host Family “lottery” ensued, with the players sent home to their various residences.

Thursday is the first workout at Memorial Stadium – preceded by 90 minutes of Media Day (picture taking, interviews, etc.)

NOTEWORTHY: Hawks staff will have to monitor the weather over the weekend, as the wild June weather in Idaho continues.  KIVI-TV’s Scott Dorval warned of possible strong storms on Friday night into Saturday morning and Saturday night into Sunday morning – meaning the tarp crew needs to be on alert.  Speaking of alert, we had a glimpse of the Tri-City Dust Devils roster – and just as the Rockies have done in the past, have a 32-man crew at the present time.  One thing Colorado has been able to do – sign draft picks, as no fewer than 13 2009 draftees are headed to Pasco.  Currently, the Cubs “officially” have signed four.

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