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Extra! Extra! Bears Win in 13 Innings

July 9, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears outlasted the Eugene Emeralds for a 3-2 win that took 13 innings at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon Friday night. The victory for the Bears snapped a four-game losing streak.

Pitching was the story for Yakima in this game. Starter Teo Gutierrez recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in five and two thirds innings. Gutierrez left the game with his team trailing 2-0 after giving up one earned and one unearned run to the Emeralds. Miles Reagan then pitched two shutout innings, finishing off the sixth and pitching in to the eighth.

The Yakima offense scored a pair of runs to tie the game in the seventh inning with the combination of a double, an error, a sacrifice fly, two fielder's choices and a wild pitch.

The bullpen and defense then held the Emeralds off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. Justin Albert pitched two and a third innings without allowing a run. Evan Marshall had a 1-2-3 11th inning. Mike Blake faced four batters in both the 12th and 13th innings. Blake recorded a total of four strikeouts and emerged with the win, as his record improved to 2-3 on the season. The staff combined to allow only one earned run in 13 innings and to strikeout 18 Emeralds batters.

The winning run was scored by Danny Pulfer in the 13th inning. The former Oregon Duck, who was playing back in his collegiate ballpark, reached on a one-out single. He then advanced to third on back-to-back wild pitches. A groundout by Justin Hilt brought Pulfer home to put the Bears in front for the first time in the game.

The Bears were outhit 11-4 in the game, winning primarily with pitching and defense. Pulfer had two of the Bears hits, while Zach Jones and Henry Zabala hit doubles for the other two.

The Bears are now 7-15 after winning their seventh extra-inning game of the season. The Bears had lost the previous five consecutive extra-inning games.

The third game of the five-game series will be played at PK Park Saturday night at 7:05. Lefty Adam Kudryk is slated to start for Yakima, while right-handed pitcher Juan Herrera is expected to take the hill for the Emeralds.

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