Vancouver Holds Off Yakima, 6-5Posted: Updated:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Astolfo Inciarte grounded a two-run, pinch-hit single up the middle to pull the Bears within one in the ninth but Yakima (17-29) then left the bases loaded as they fell to the Vancouver Canadians (22-24) 6-5 in front of 2,293 fans at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday night.
The Bears showed some resistance, battling back from their last strike four different times in the ninth before Connor Hoehn struck out Roberto Rodriguez to end the game and earn his second save of the season. Vancouver jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Bears' starter Rafael Quezada (0-4), who absorbed the loss.
Yakima scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a Gerson Montilla sacrifice fly and Clayton Conner two-out, RBI double respectively.The Canadians tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Kent Walton run-scoring single which proved to be crucial.
Joselito Adames (3-3) pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to earn the win for Vancouver.Dan Kaczrowski had a nice night, going 2-for-3 with a run, a stolen base and two walks. Yakima left 13 runner on base, one night after stranding 17.
The two teams will meet Friday afternoon at 1:05 for the finale of the five-game set. Ben Dollar (0-2, 4.19 ERA) gets the nod for Yakima against Dan Straily (2-2, 5.00 ERA) for Vancouver.