Bears Bats Propel Yakima to 9-6 Win over Tri-CityPosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash. -- The Yakima Bears defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils 9-6 in the opening game of a three-game road series for the Bears at Gesa Stadium. The Dust Devils scored five runs in the final two innings, but the Bears held on to improve to 11-20 on the season.
After allowing a run in the first and leaving the bases loaded, Bears starting pitcher Brad Wilson cruised through the next five innings on the way to his second win of the season. Wilson had five strikeouts and allowed only one run in six innings pitched for his fourth quality start of the season.
The Bears took the lead in the fourth inning with three runs on five-straight hits. After back-to-back singles from Carter Bell and Zach Jones, Jimmy Comerota plated both base runners with a triple. Comerota then scored off of a single by Marc Bourgeois.
Doubles from three-straight batters in the sixth inning increased the Bears lead to 6-1. The doubles by Comerota, Bourgeois and Zabala were the second hit of the night for each batter.
Yakima got a run without a hit in the seventh inning, when Westley Moss reached on a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and came home on a balk.
After Tri-City scored two runs off of Mike Blake in the eighth inning, the Bears put three more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth. Four consecutive singles, coupled with an error by the Dust Devils allowed Garrett Weber, Justin Hilt, and Westley Moss to cross the plate.
The Bears offense collected 12 hits in the victory, including at least one hit from all nine batters in the order. Comerota led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, two runs scored, and two RBI. Bourgeois and Zabala also finished with two hits.
Besides the two runs given up by Blake in his inning and two thirds on the hill, Tri-City scored three more runs off the Bears bullpen in the ninth. All three runs were charged to Evan Marshall, but none were earned, as the Bears committed two errors in the ninth inning.
The nine runs were the most scored in a single game by the Bears this season. The Bears will try and provide similar support Tuesday night in game two of the three-game series. Game time at Gesa Stadium is scheduled for 7:15. Two strong right-handed pitchers are expected to take the hill, as Teo Gutierrez is slated to start for the Bears and Vianney Mayo is scheduled for the Dust Devils.