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Bears give Canadians too many chances

June 18, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears lost a tight game 3-2 to the Canadians in Vancouver, BC Friday night in the 2011 season opener. The Canadians had runners in scoring position six of the eight innings the team batted and in two of those innings runs were scored to give Vancouver the victory.

Bears starter Brad Wilson gave up three hits and two runs (both earned), while finishing with five strikeouts in a no decision. Both runs charged to Wilson were scored in the third inning when the Canadians used a pair of doubles to take the early lead. The Bears responded with a string of two-out hits in the top of the fourth to push two runs across and tie the game at 2-2.

Sammy De Los Santos pitched a pair of shutout innings in relief before handing the ball to Greg Robinson. After escaping trouble in the seventh inning, Robinson yielded a run in the eighth that decided the game and dropped his Northwest League record to 0-1 in 2011.

The Bears were outhit 9-4 and two of those hits were by Marc Bourgeois, who batted clean-up in his first professional game. Tyler Bream also collected his first professional hit in the loss.

The Bears and Canadians play game two of the five-game series Saturday at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, BC. Game time is scheduled for 7:05.

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