Gutierrez Leads Bears to Victory Over Volcanoes
The Yakima Bears defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-2 Thursday night at Yakima County Stadium to improve to 9-19 on the season. Starting pitcher Teo Gutierrez was the story of the game for the Bears, as he allowed no base runners in the first six innings of the game.
Gutierrez, who improved to 3-0 this season, retired the first 18 batters he faced. While Gutierrez did strikeout three batters during those six innings, he mostly relied on his defense, which came through with several stellar plays. In the seventh inning, the first three batters for the Volcanoes recorded hits and two scored runs to pull within two of the Bears. Gutierrez got out of the seventh without any further damage.
Once the starter was out, the Bears bullpen did not allow any more runs. Miles Reagan pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Justin Albert did the same in the ninth.
The offense for Yakima got at least one hit from every batter in the order and five different batters reached on a walk. Westley Moss had two hits, Zach Jones worked two walks, and Raul Navarro scored two runs in the victory.
The Bears scored in the first inning after Navarro led off with a walk and eventually scored after an error by the Volcanoes right fielder. Errors would help the Bears during a three-run fifth inning, along with singles from Moss, Navarro and Jimmy Comerota. The Bears added two runs in the seventh inning after the bases were loaded thanks to three consecutive walks.
The Bears have now taken the first two games of this five-game series against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Game three at Yakima County Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 Friday night. Lefty Adam Kudryk of the Bears is scheduled to start against right-handed pitcher Reinier Roibal of the Volcanoes.
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