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Bears Beat Aquasox Saturday for Series Win

August 7, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears defeated the Everett Aquasox 5-3 Saturday night at Yakima County Stadium. The victory gave the Bears a 3-2 series win over the Aquasox.

The Bears fell behind in the second inning, as a double, triple, and single produced two runs for Everett.

After being held scoreless for the first four innings, Justin Hilt led off the fifth inning with a walk and Tyler Bream reached on a single. Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Tyson Van Winkle, and then Danny Pulfer drove both runners in with a double. Pulfer would score on a single by Westley Moss to give the Bears a 3-2 lead.

The lead was lost in the sixth inning when Jabari Blash of the Aquasox hit his second RBI triple of the night. Blash was the last batter faced by Bears starter Adam Kudryk, who left with the game tied and the runner at third.

Replacing Kudryk on the mound was Mike Blake, who recorded a strikeout and then a fly out to keep the game tied. Blake would pitch two more innings, with three more strikeouts, and nary a base runner allowed.

While Blake was dealing on the mound, the Bears offense was able to take the lead. Tyson Van Winkle led off the seventh inning with a single and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Pulfer. Van Winkle scored the go-ahead run on a Moss single, and Moss scored in the inning on a Garrett Weber single.

The game was finished on the mound by Randy Hamrick, who had two strikeouts while retiring all three batters he faced for his second save of the season.

The offense produced a total of nine hits, two of which were doubles. Moss finished 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two stolen bases. Van Winkle ended the night 2-for-2 with a run scored and Pulfer went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and a run scored. All three of those batters also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the win.

The Bears now leave on a three-game road trip to Spokane. All three games are scheduled for 6:30 at Avista Stadium. The starters in the opening game of the series on Sunday are expected to be Alex Capaul of the Bears and Nick McBride of the Indians, both of whom are right handed.

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