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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Bears (12-15) stranded two men in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning with no outs as they were edged by the Everett AquaSox (19-8) 2-1 in front of 1,778 fans at County Stadium Thursday night.
Following a Zach Walters pinch-hit double to set up runners on second and third in the final frame, AquaSox reliever Stephen Pryor struck out Raywilly Gomez and Mike Freeman before getting pinch-hitter Evan Button to pop out to end the game.
The Bears got an RBI groundout from Jimmy Comerota in the second to make it 1-0, a lead which they would hold until the seventh when Terry Serrano tied the game on an opposite field RBI double off Bears reliever Mike Bolsinger.
In the top of the ninth Jake Hale allowed his first earned run of the season - in his 16th inning of work - on a Kevin Rivers run-scoring single to give the Frogs the deciding 2-1 advantage.
Willy Kesler (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out two to earn the victory. Hale (0-2) took the loss, going the final two innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three and walking zero. Pryor finished the contest, allowing no runs and a hit to pick up his second save of the season.
Bears starter Miguel Pena had his best outing of the season, scattering six hits over six shutout innings.
Yakima and Everett will be back at it Friday night at 7:05 for game four of the five-game series. Enrique Burgos (0-0, 5.24) is slated to pitch for the Bears against Eric Thomas (1-0, 4.18) for the AquaSox.
Season tickets, mini plans, and single game tickets are on sale now at the downtown Bears office at 17 N. 3rd Street, Suite 101 and online at yakimabears.com.