Boise Knocks Off Yakima, 9-5Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Despite Clayton Conner's league-leading ninth home run of the season and a three-hit effort by Jorge Corniel, the Boise Hawks (21-28) defeated the Yakima Bears (17-32) 9-5 in front of 1,395 fans at County Stadium Sunday evening.
The Hawks notched a run in the top of the first inning before Yakima assumed the lead with a two-run second inning. The Bears defense, however, led starter Chris Odegaard down as Gerson Montilla committed errors on back-to-back plays in the top of the fifth, allowing Boise to take a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. Prior to the fifth inning, Montilla had boasted the best fielding percentage in the Northwest League among second basemen.
As they had the night before, the Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, thanks in large part to Tim Sherlock's two-run single. Yakima has now scored 12 runs combined in the last four ninth innings they've played, dropping all four contests.
Odegaard (1-4) worked five innings, allowing five runs - two earned - on six hits to take the loss. Trey McNutt (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless out of the bullpen to earn the win.
Corniel finished the night 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sherlock went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two driven in.
With the win, Boise improves to 7-1 on the season against Yakima.
The two teams will be back at it Monday night at 7:05 for the series finale. Dan Taylor (2-1, 5.86 ERA) gets the start for the Bears against Robert Whitenack (0-2, 4.60 ERA) for the Hawks.