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Bears Go to Extras Again, Complete Series Sweep

August 24, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears completed a three-game series sweep of the Boise Hawks with a 7-6 walk-off win in the 10th inning Tuesday night. Kerry Jenkins, who was instrumental in Monday's win, came up with the game-winning hit.

After falling behind by giving up a run in the third inning, the Bears scored three runs in the fifth inning. Tyler Bream drove in the first run with a one-out double and then scored on a Tyson Van Winkle two-out single. Van Winkle scored the third run thanks to a Raul Navarro single.

A solo home run pulled the Hawks back within one run in the top of the fifth, but the Bears answered back with two more runs. Jimmy Comerota led off with a single and eventually scored when Bream reached on an error. Bream scored for the second time on the night when Kerry Jenkins hit the first of his two doubles.

The teams traded runs in the seventh, with Carter Bell hitting a double to score Navarro, who had reached on a walk.

Down 6-3, the Hawks hit two doubles and used a passed ball to produce two runs in the eighth before plating another run in the ninth to tie the game.

After throwing out a runner at home and stranding another at third in the top of the tenth, the Bears were able to score the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Garrett Weber led off with a double, and then Justin Hilt reached on a walk in his first plate appearance of the game. A fielder's choice allowed Bream to reach, but the lead runner was retired. With two on and one out, Jenkins hit his other double and Hilt scored to end the game.

Jenkins finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Seven other Bears batters had a hit, but no one else had a multi-hit game, as the Bears were outhit by the Hawks 15-10.

The bottom of the tenth inning featured several controversial plays, which led to both team's managers being ejected at separate points.

Greg Robinson earned the win, even though he walked a batter, threw a wild pitch, hit a batter, and was charged with a balk during his one scoreless inning.

Bears starting pitcher John Pedrotty allowed only two runs in six innings by spreading out nine hits and two walks. Pedrotty fanned six batters while tossing his fifth consecutive quality start.

The Bears have now moved into sole possession of second place in the second half standings in the Northwest League East Division with a 13-15 record.

The Bears start a five-game road trip to Everett Wednesday. First pitch between the Bears and Aquasox in the opening game is scheduled for 7:05. Right-handed pitcher Blake Perry will make his Northwest League debut for the Bears, while Joe DiRocco will make just his third start of the season for the Aquasox.

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