Home sweet home. After only three weeks of baseball, it is already becoming clear that the rickety park known as Memorial Stadium is becoming a safe-haven for the Boise Hawks. On the road, Boise is 4-5 with four losses of two runs or more. At home, the Hawks are 5-1 and have outscored opponents 39-28.
The second road trip of the season saw little offensive support from the Hawks, leading them to drop 2-of-3 to the Tri-City Dust Devils. In their home-opening series against the Dust Devils the Hawks won two games in front of three passionate Memorial Stadium crowds.
In the first game against Tri-City, the Hawks saw strong efforts from Willson Contreras and Reggie Golden at the plate and four shutout innings from Yao-Lin Wang.
Contreras went 4-for-4 with four hits in the game, while Golden slugged his first homerun of the season to go with two RBI.
Wang received his second win of the season, throwing 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and only one run-scored.
In the second game of the series, Travis Garcia, Kenny Socorro and Rafael Lopez all had multi-hit games after recently being promoted from Arizona Rookie League in Mesa, AZ. Reggie Golden also had three hits.
Right handed pitcher Jin-Young Kim was pulled after the first inning when he allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. Kim was given the loss.
Despite earning 10 hits on the night, the Hawks were unable to cash-in on runners in scoring position and fell to the Dust Devils, 5-3.
In the rubber match of the three-game series, the Hawks had multi-hit games from Contreras, his second of the series, and Pin-Chieh Chen. However, the Dust Devils had nine runs on nine hits to earn themselves the win, 9-3.
Joseph Zeller made his first appearance for the Hawks after playing in four games for the club in 2010. He threw 2 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and two walks, while earning three strikeouts. Zeller spent the majority of last season with the Arizona Cubs in the Arizona Rookie League.