Yakima Holds Off Tri-City, 7-5 to Earn Series SweepPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Bears (10-9) piled it on early and were able to hold on late as they completed the series sweep with a 7-5 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils (8-10) in front of 1,366 fans at County Stadium Tuesday night.
The Bears struck for seven runs in the first four innings, highlighted by Raywilly Gomez's first home run of the season and a two-out, two-run Justin Hilt double - which plated two unearned runs, proving to be the difference.
Following the Hilt double in the fourth, the Bears did not get a runner on base the rest of the game.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning Dust Devils third baseman Dominic Altobelli belted a grand slam to left off Bears reliever Corey Davisson, pulling Tri-City within three.
The Dust Devils managed to rally for one run in the ninth before Eury De La Rosa struck out Jared Simon to end the game, and extend the Bears' home winning streak to seven games.
Greg Robinson (2-1) tossed three innings of relief, allowing no runs on three hits to earn the win. Josh Sullivan (1-1) went just two-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits to take the loss. De La Rosa gave up one run in 1 1/3 to notch his first save.
After committing 10 errors over the previous three games, the Yakima defense was pristine Tuesday. The Bears, above .500 for the first time since Opening Day, now sit in a tie atop the Northwest League East division with the Boise Hawks.
Yakima has an off day tomorrow and then will venture north for a five-game series with the Vancouver Canadians (8-11) beginning Thursday night at 7:05. Miles Reagan (1-1, 6.39) is set to start for the Bears against Anvioris Ramirez (0-1, 2.84) for the Canadians.