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Bears Blasts Beat Indians in Spokane

June 29, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears used four home runs to take down the Spokane Indians 7-5 at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Washington Tuesday night. Yakima never trailed and improved to 4-8 on the season by taking the three-game series opener against Spokane.

A pair of errors helped Tyler Bream get on base and eventually score the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. After the Indians tied to game in the bottom of the first, Jae Yun Kim and Zach Jones both hit solo home runs to put the Bears up 3-1 in the top of the second inning. Garrett Weber would blast his first homer on a solo shot in the third inning that stretched the Bears lead to 4-1.

The Indians scored two in the third inning and the teams traded runs in the fourth, with the Bears score coming on solo shot from Danny Pulfer. With the Bears in front 5-3, both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning.

In the sixth the Bears would get back-to-back one-out singles by Pulfer and Jones, and both batters would score thanks to a RBI-single from Jimmy Comerota and a wild pitch. The Indians would plate one last run in the seventh as the Bears held on for a 7-5 win.

The 12 hits by Bears batters ties the season high and the seven runs is the most the team has scored in a single game. While Pulfer went 3-for-5 with the home run, Jones, Comerota, and Kim all finished with two hits. The Bears had only one home run in the first 11 games before the four the team collected in Tuesday's win.

Bears starting pitcher Teo Gutierrez earned his second consecutive win, with both coming against the Indians. Gutierrez improved to 2-0 after allowing three earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Drew Zizinia pitched a scoreless sixth, and then Kable Hogben gave up his first run of the season in two innings of work. Evan Marshall earned his first save of the season by retiring Indians batters in order during the bottom of the ninth.

The Bears and Indians play game two of the three-game series Wednesday night at Avista Stadium. First pitch in Spokane is scheduled for 6:30. The game is a rematch of Bears left-handed pitcher Adam Kudryk and Indians right-handed pitcher Santo Perez.

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