YAKIMA, Wash. -- Starting pitcher Chris Odegaard tossed five innings of solid ball, allowing just two runs, but the Yakima Bears (5-4) offense never got going as they were defeated by the Boise Hawks (2-7) 3-2 in the series opener at Memorial Stadium Sunday night.
Two unearned runs off Hawks starting pitcher Robert Whitenack were all the Bears could muster, as they tacked on runs in each the first and second innings. Southpaw Jeff Antigua (1-1) threw four scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory for Boise, while Bears reliever Jake Hale (0-1) took the loss, allowing the game-winning run on a Jordan Petraitis sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.
Clayton Conner had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. He was pinch-run for by Gerson Montilla, who was left stranded on second base when pinch-hitter Tim Sherlock lined out to the shortstop to end the game.
The two teams will be back at it Monday night for game two of the three-game set. Right hander Brad Gemberling (0-0, 9.00 ERA) takes the ball for the Bears, matching up against righty Larry Suarez (0-0, 13.50 ERA) for the Hawks.