Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boise Hawks 4, Salem-Keizer Volcanos 3 -- Monday, July 20, 2009

I saw the Volcanos at home with my father and step-mother three days earlier and the first team in the Northwest League to win 20 games looked strong. However, on Monday it was the Boise Hawks who were dominant in a contest that might have been most notable for sloppy fielding all around. There were as many errors as runs scored, which will happen at this level of baseball, but was still tough to watch.

More positively, Brett Jackson, a Cubs' 2009 first round draft pick, extended his hitting streak to all 16 of the games he has played for the Hawks. Hak-Ju Lee, who has failed to reach base in only one of the 27 games he has played for Boise, also hit and stole a base. At game time, he led the league with 12 stolen bases and was third in the league with 35 hits. Lee looked good in the field as well. Second baseman Logan Watkins also extended his hitting streak, to 12.

Melvin and I had hoped to visit Epi's, a Basque restaurant of considerable acclaim in Boise, but it is closed on Mondays. We settled for a fairly spicy Basque chorizo on a roll, and Fat Tire beer, at the ball park. Memorial Stadium, where the Hawks are celebrating their 20th anniversary, is a simple facility but it has waitress service in the box seats!

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