Bears Best Offensive Effort Snaps Six-Game Skid
The Yakima Bears offense rolled the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-2 Saturday night at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon. With 16 hits the Bears set a new season mark for hits in a game, and the nine runs tied the season high.
The Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Doubles by Henry Zabala and Danny Pulfer and singles from Tyson Van Winkle and Westley Moss pushed three runs across in the second inning.
The Bears got four straight singles from Garrett Weber, March Bourgeois, David Narodowski and Zabala to start the third inning. A total of four runs were scored that inning thanks to those singles, another from Pulfer, and a RBI-groundout by Van Winkle.
The Volcanoes put together a walk, triple, and groundout to score two runs in the fourth inning. While that would be the end of the scoring for the Volcanoes, the Bears weren't done yet.
Bourgeois got base hits to lead off both the fifth and seventh innings, and was plated both times by Zabala for the Bears final two runs of the night.
The offensive output nearly overshadowed a strong effort from the pitching staff, but not quite. In his Northwest League debut, Yiomar Camacho tossed a quality start for the win, as he allowed two runs in six innings. Mike Blake had two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh and Sammy De Los Santos pitched two shutout frames to finish the game. The three pitchers combined to allow only five hits.
The defense was also solid, committing no errors and turning three double plays. All three double plays were turned while Camacho was pitching, as he faced only three batters in five of his six innings of work.
There were several great individual offensive efforts, as only one Bears starter went hitless in the game. Bourgeois finished 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored. Pulfer went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. Zabala drove in three runs and scored two while going 2-for-4 with a double. Weber had the other double and scored a run as part of a 2-for-5 day. The other player with a multi-hit game for the Bears was Moss, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and a RBI.
The Bears snapped a six-game losing streak with the win and also snapped a five-game winning streak for the Volcanoes. The two teams finish the season series with a 5:05 game at Volcanoes Stadium Sunday. Lefty Adam Kudryk is expected to start for the Bears against right-handed pitcher Kendry Flores for the Volcanoes.
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