Yakima Wins Home Opener With Walk Off HomerPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Anthony Smith's walk-off solo homerun to right in the bottom of the ninth completed a four-run comeback for the Yakima Bears, who opened their home season with a thrilling 7-6 last at-bat win over the Vancouver Canadians before 2,730 at Yakima County Stadium on Sunday night.
Down 6-4 with two outs in the eighth, Collin Cowgill hit game-tying two-run towering blast down the left-field line in the eighth to set up Smith's heroics. After that, Jordan Meaker earned his first professional win by capping off his second inning of relief with back-to-back strikeouts, including a strikeout-him-out throw-him-out double play with catcher Jhoan Pimentel in the top of the ninth.
Smith's homerun came on a 3-2 pitch leading of the bottom of the ninth, soaring over the right-field wall to touch off a wild celebration at home plate in the Bears' first game before the home crowd.
Down 4-0 in the fourth, Justin Parker doubled home Yakima's first run to begin the Bears comeback. The Bears went down 5-1, but then scored three unanswered runs to cut the deficit to 5-4 on a run-scoring error in the sixth, and a run-scoring passed ball and an RBI double by Andrew Fie in the seventh. Vancouver pushed a sixth run across before Cowgill drove his third homerun of the season over the leftfield foul pole to finally tie the game for the Bears.
The Bears host the Canadians in the second of a five-game series at Yakima County Stadium Monday night at 7:05 p.m.