Bears Get First Shutout Win of the Season Thursday
The Yakima Bears shutout the Boise Hawks 4-0 at Memorial Stadium in Boise, Idaho Thursday night. The Bears improved to 12-22 on the season, while the team also eliminated the Hawks from the possibility of earning a playoff berth in the first-half.
Neither team was able to score in the first five innings, but the Bears opened the floodgates in the sixth. With two outs and two runners on, Hawks starter Austin Reed left the game. Reliever Jin-Young Kim came in and gave up a single to Garrett Weber that plated Jimmy Comerota for the only run the Bears would need in the game.
The Bears would add two runs in the eighth inning off of a two-run home run by Zach Jones. Then, in the ninth inning, Westley Moss reached on a single, stole second base, tagged up on a fly ball to center to advance to third, and finally scored on a sacrifice fly by Carter Bell.
The Bears outhit the Hawks 9-6 and Yakima also had five batters reach on a walk. The offense was led by Webber's 3-for-4 night, while Bell finished 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk.
The win was the first of the season for Bears starter Alex Capaul, who had five strikeouts in five shutout innings. Justin Albert was first out of the bullpen, and he retired all six batters he faced. Sammy De Los Santos and Randy Hamrick finished the game by each tossing a scoreless inning.
The win marks the second time on this road trip the Bears have started the series with a win. After dropping the final two games at Tri-City to lose the series, the Bears will try and avoid repeating that scenario in Boise. Game two of the three-game series between the Bears and Hawks is scheduled for 6:15 pacific time. Two left-handed pitchers are scheduled to face each other, with John Pedrotty going for the Bears and Willengton Cruz expected to start for the Hawks.
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