Vancouver Crushes Yakima, 9-0Posted: Updated:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canadians (9-11) jumped on the Yakima Bears (10-10) early with five runs in the first frame and never looked back en route to a 9-0 win in the series opener in front of 3,284 fans at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday night.
Bears starter Miles Reagan (1-2) was knocked out after 2/3 of an inning, allowing five runs on four hits to suffer the loss. Ryan Doolittle (2-0) earned the win for the Canadians with three shutout frames of relief.
The Bears managed only three hits, and were held hitless for 6 1/3 innings during the middle portion of the game.
Roberto Ortiz returned back to the lineup after missing three games with a hamstring injury, finishing 1-for-3.
Mike Bolsinger was outstanding in relief for Yakima, tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out one and walking zero.
Play was halted for several minutes in the bottom of the sixth inning after Bears reliever Robbie Andrews was hit in the neck by a line drive off the bat of Josh Whitaker. Andrews was eventually able to walk off the field without assistance.
The nine runs allowed was the most given up by the Bears all season, and the second time they have been blanked.
Yakima and Vancouver will meet Friday at 1:05 for game two of the five-game series. Andrew Berger (0-0, 2.25) is slated to start for the Bears against Deyvi Jimenez (0-1, 2.86) for the Canadians.