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Opportunity Lost

Posted by Adam Graham on August 22, 2007

The Spokane Indians lost 2-1 in Everett last night, but the Boise Hawks missed an opportunity to advance with a 4-3 loss to the Canadians. I listened to the excruciating 9th Inning on the radio. Audy Santana fell behind 3-0 on the first batter and then came back to strike him out, then got ahead of the second batter and ended up walking him. He then issued another walk and hit the batter after that, to load the bases after that, then a ball was hit to thirdbaseman Jovan Rosa that should have been a doubleplay ball, but instead, he bobbled it, allowing the winning run to score. When the Hawks play by play man read the inning line: 1 Run, 0 hits, 1 error, it was annoying. Losing a game because of a 9th inning longball is one thing. Giving the game away is something entirely.

I noted that the Hawks actually have lost a couple key players for the stretch. On August 16th, both Ty Wright and Marquez Smith were sent off to Peoria. One of the great frustrations of being a fan of a minor league team is that your roster is subject to so much fluxuation. Hopefully, the Cubs front office can wait a little while before moving key players such as Josh Donaldson to the next level. Still, hats off to Wright and Smith, they earned their promotions.

Tri City won a 9-8 decision over the Emeralds, while the Yakima Bears beat the Salem-Kaiser Volcanoes 10-4 (yes, Salem is made up of human beings after all.) That leaves the Western Division race very tight with the Hawks 1 1/2 games back of Spokane, the Dust Devils 2 1/2 back, and the Bears 3 1/2 games behind them. We have 15 games left, so it’s still anyone’s division.

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