Yakima Beats Boise, 6-2Posted: Updated:
BOISE, Idaho - The Yakima Bears (7-8) scored five runs in the first inning and held on to defeat the Boise Hawks (8-7) 6-2 in front of 3,481 fans at Memorial Stadium Friday night.
Yazy Arbelo stroked a two-run single and Zach Walters and Michael Weber each added run-scoring singles as the Bears drove Hawks starting pitcher Tarlandus Mitchell out of the game after just 1/3 inning.
Henry Zabala added an insurance run in the top of the fifth, belting his second home run of the season to give Yakima a 6-2 lead.
Bears starter Miles Reagan (1-1) pitched very well, allowing two runs on just three hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking two to earn the win. Mitchell (0-1) went 1/3, giving up five runs on two hits, walking four and striking out zero to take the loss.
Walters finished the night 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, collecting hits from both sides of the plate.
Keith Cantwell, Eury De La Rosa, and Jake Hale combined for 3 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and no runs.
The Bears have now won six of their last eight ballgames.
Yakima and Boise will be back at it Saturday night at 6:35 for the rubber match of the three-game series. Andrew Wolcott was scheduled to make the start, but he was called up to South Bend (A/Midwest). Right-hander Andrew Berger (0-0, 0.00) will make his first professional start instead for the Bears against southpaw Eric Jokisch (0-0, 27.00) for the Hawks.