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Bears Walk Off With Walk in the 10th Inning Monday

August 23, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears worked a bases loaded walk to defeat the Boise Hawks 9-8 in 10 innings Monday night at Yakima County Stadium. The win, along with a victory for Spokane at Tri-City, has created a three-way tied for second place in the Northwest League East Division, four games back of the Dust Devils.

The Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but it wouldn't hold up. The Hawks scored five runs off of Bears starter Alex Capaul in the third inning to take a 6-4 lead. Capaul left the game after the fourth inning, having allowed three earned runs and six runs total on eight hits and two walks.

Bears relievers Drew Zizinia and Willy Paredes each pitched two innings with one run allowed, leaving the Bears trailing 8-4 going into the bottom of the eighth.

The rally in the bottom of the eighth inning was started by a Jimmy Comerota single. After a strikeout, Justin Hilt reached on a walk to put two aboard. Matt Jensen reached on an error at first that scored Comerota from second. After another strikeout, Kerry Jenkins hit a ball over the centerfielder's head that plated both Hilt and Jensen. The Hawks made a pitching change to bring in closer Bryce Schaffer, whose first pitch was hit for a RBI-single by Westley Moss.

The Bears loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with an error, a walk, and a single, but failed to score. The bases were loaded again in the bottom of the ninth with no outs. Jenkins reached on a walk, then both Moss and Carter Bell failed to lay down sacrifice bunts, but both reached on a single and a walk, respectively. The game ended when Comerota took a four pitch walk that forced Jenkins across the plate.

The win went to Justin Albert, who pitched two perfect innings to finish the game. Albert worked the two innings after having pitched the ninth inning the night before to earn the save.

Jenkins went 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two RBIs, three runs scored, and a stolen base. Both Moss and Weber finished 2-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a RBI. Bell ended the night 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Comerota and Hilt both reached twice on walks, as the Bears reached eight times on walks, the most in a single game this season.

The Bears try for the series sweep of the Hawks Tuesday night at Yakima County Stadium. Game time is set for 7:05. Lefty John Pedrotty is the expected starter for the Bears, while right-handed pitcher Benjamin Wells is the expected starter for the Hawks.

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