Bears Win First Series as Staff Stifles BoisePosted: Updated:
The Yakima Bears 2-1 win against the Boise Hawks at Yakima County Stadium Sunday night lifted the team to a series for the first time this season. The Bears won the final two games of the three-game set to improve to 6-11 on the season.
From before the start of the game the statistics pointed to a pitchers duel, and neither starter disappointed. Hawks starter Yao-Lin Wang allowed only one run in five and two thirds innings, while Bears starter Teo Gutierrez yielded a run in seven innings of work. Gutierrez recorded a season-high seven strikeouts, but he, like Wang, did not earn a decision.
The Hawks got their only run off of Gutierrez in the third inning, when a lead-off double by Travis Garcia was followed one out later by a RBI-single from Pin-Chieh Chen. The Bears would follow a similar pattern in the sixth inning when Westley Moss reached on a double to start the inning and later scored on a two-out single by Jimmy Comerota.
After a perfect inning from Mike Blake in the eighth, the Bears offense went back to work. Comerota led off with a walk and immediately afterward scored from first as Tyler Bream blasted the first pitch he saw over the left fielder's head for a run-scoring double.
Kable Hogben entered the game for the Bears in the ninth and was able to strikeout the side for his first save of the season. Mike Blake picked up his first professional win.
The Bears outhit the Hawks 9-4 on the night, with seven of the nine batters in the order collecting at least one hit. Justin Hilt went 2-for-2 with a stolen base and Bream finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and the game-winning RBI. Moss played a key role, going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Comerota was in the mix on both of the Bears runs, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, driving in the tying run and scoring the go-ahead run.
With the win, the Bears have back-to-back wins for the first time in 2011 and now hit the road to face the Hawks on their turf. The Bears start an eight-game road trip Tuesday with three games in Boise at Memorial Stadium. Lefty Adam Kudryk is the scheduled starter for Yakima and right-handed pitcher Austin Reed expected to go for the Hawks. The game in Boise is scheduled for 7:35 mountain time.