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An Unearned Run the Difference Again in Bears Loss

August 8, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears were beaten 1-0 by the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Washington Monday night. The Indians have won the first two games of the three-game series by one run each, and both of those games featured a key unearned run.

Both starting pitchers tossed fives scoreless innings to start the game. While Indians starter Nick Martinez left after recording seven strikeouts in five innings, Bears starter John Pedrotty came back out for the sixth.

In that sixth inning the Indians lead-off hitter Edwin Garcia reached on an error and then advanced all the way to third base on an errant pick-off attempt. After two outs were recorded, a single to left by Guillermo Pimentel scored Garcia.

Pedrotty pitched through the rest of the sixth inning, but would go on to take the loss after allowing just the one unearned run while recording a season-high eight strikeouts.

The Bears best offensive threat came in the eighth inning. Danny Pulfer reached on a walk, but was retired on a fielder's choice groundball from Westley Moss. With Moss at first base, Raul Navarro hit a double that put two runners in scoring position. On a Garrett Weber fly ball to right field, Moss attempted to tag up and score, but was out at the plate on a throw by Pimentel which the catcher Jorge Alfaro held on to after he was run over hard by Moss.

The Bears bullpen got a scoreless inning from both Miles Reagan and Sammy De Los Santos, but the offense never rallied for a run.

Both Moss and Navarro each finished 2-for-4 with a double, and Moss stole a base as well. Justin Hilt and Carter Bell each went 1-for-4, with Hilt's only hit being a double.

The series finale and final game of the year at Avista stadium for the Bears will be played at 6:30 Tuesday night. Right-handed pitcher Teo Gutierrez is slated to start for the Bears, while lefty Chris Hanna is the expected starter for the Indians.

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