Bears give Volcanoes victory
The Yakima Bears gave the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes a 10-7 victory Friday night at Volcanoes Stadium. The Bears set new season marks for most errors and most consecutive losses with six each.
The offense clicked early, with four-straight two-out singles plating three runs in the second inning. After back-to-back singles by Carter Bell and Garrett Weber in the third inning, David Narodowski hit a home run to extend the Bears lead to 6-0.
After working around a pair of errors by the defense in the second inning, Bears starting pitcher Teo Gutierrez allowed an unearned run and two earned runs in the bottom of the third on just two singles.
A double by Weber in the fourth inning scored Raul Navarro from first base and gave the Bears a 7-3 lead. After 10 hits in the first three innings and the Weber double in the fourth, the Bears would not get another hit the rest of the game.
The Volcanoes scored two runs in the fourth inning to pull within two runs of the Bears. One of the runs was earned and one was not, as Gutierrez finished the night with five runs allowed (three earned) in five innings and left the game with his team leading 7-5.
Bears reliever Greg Robinson struggled in the sixth inning. Robinson walked three batters, gave up a two-run home run that tied the game, and allowed two other runs to score on a single and an error. With three earned runs allowed, and four runs total given up, Robinson took the loss to drop to 0-4 this season.
After Drew Zizinia recorded two strikeouts while retiring all four batters he faced, Adam Osteen gave up an unearned run in the eighth inning, which was his only inning of work.
All the unearned runs were caused by a total of six errors by the Bears defense. Six different players committed an error in the loss, including two from the battery, two from the infield, and two from the outfield.
The Bears outhit the Volcanoes 11-8 and reached on seven walks to tie the season high. Bell, Weber, Tyler Bream, and Steve Rodriguez all finished with two hits.
The Volcanoes have claimed the series win by taking the first three games of this five-game set. Game four is scheduled for 7:05 at Volcanoes Stadium Saturday night. Right-handed pitcher Yiomar Camacho is expected to make his Northwest League debut for the Bears, while right-handed pitcher Brandon Allen is the expected starter for the Volcanoes.
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