ORE-IDA® TATER-TOTS EMOJI SUMMARY OF THE WEEK:
HITTER OF THE WEEK: Dennis French - 13-for-30, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB (.433 AVG, 1.169 OPS)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pancho Germán - 1-0, 10⅔ IP, 1.69 ERA
GAME OF THE WEEK: On May 14th, Boise celebrated its second win of the week in dramatic fashion against Calgary. Down 8-5 to the Pioneers and heading into the bottom half of the final frame, the Spud rally started with a one-out Dennis French double. Yunosuke Terada, Ken Gerhart III, and Jesús Enríquez would deliver back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases and make the score 8-6. José Rivera and António Baca both worked 2-2 counts to draw walks, bringing home two more runs. With the score knotted at 8-8, bases loaded and only one out, Carlos Muñóz came to the plate with the opportunity to be a hero. With a 1-2 count to Muñóz, Calgary reliever Jorge Peréz threw a fastball that got by the catcher and Enríquez sprinted home for the win.
Frick League Frontier Division Standings
NEWS AND NOTES: Thanks to Boise's hot start, home attendance is up 5.9% from last season...Boise's three one-run victories during the week raised the team's record in one-run games to a league-best 10-3...in addition to French, the Spuds had other standouts at the plate: Gerhart III hit .444 with 2 HR and 5 RBI and Terada also added 2 HR with 7 RBI to go along with a .308 batting average...Jorge Báez was out of options and placed on waivers, allowing San Fernando to claim the pitcher...LHP Samuel Cant was recalled to replace Báez in the bullpen...manager Barrett Callahan officially named Norm Smith the new starting shortstop, replacing Joaquín Torres, as well as José Rivera taking over at catcher permanently over Claudio Pérez...Germán continues his amazing season on the mound for Boise, ranking in the top ten in several Frick League stats: Wins (1st), ERA (6th), WHIP (T-8th), Innings Pitched (9th)...for the season, Spuds starting pitchers rank 2nd in the Frick League for ERA (3.99)...general manager Joe Lederer's focus towards building a strong defense has paid off, with Boise ranking in the Frick League 1st in Zone Rating, t-1st in Errors and 4th in Defensive Efficiency
DOWN ON THE FARM: Salt Lake City (AAA) went 3-1, scoring 35 runs in the four games...newly signed catcher Allan MacHugh had a huge debut for the Alpines, hitting .375 with 3 HR and 5 RBI...Jim Des Jardien continues to impress, going 7-for-17 during the week with 11 RBI and five extra-base hits...for the year, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .346/.398/.623...Buffalo (AA) continued its rocky season, going 3-3 during the week and remaining in 4th place in its division...Tulsa (A) went 5-2, including a 20-2 thrashing of Portsmouth on May 18th...the Drillers inched closer to first place, improving its record to 26-17, just 1.5 games back of division-leading Lake City