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Indians Rally Hands Bears Loss in Game and Series

June 30, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears lost 6-4 Thursday after the Spokane Indians got a two-run home run from Ruben Sierra in the eighth inning at Avista Stadium in Spokane. The son of the former Major League outfielder by the same name lifted Spokane to the series win with that hit, as the Indians took two out of three games from the Bears.

The Bears struck first in terms of scoring. On the second pitch of the game Kerry Jenkins hit his first home run of the season to put the Bears up 1-0. After the Indians scored two runs to take the lead in the third, Yakima came back with a three-run fifth inning. Singles from Garrett Weber, Raul Navarro and Kerry Jenkins scored one run and were followed by a double by Zach Jones push two more across. That was the last of the Bears scoring, while the Indians were just getting started.

Spokane scored a run without a hit in the bottom of the fifth inning and then tied the game with a run in the sixth. With one out in the eighth, Ruben Sierra hit that game-deciding home run. Both teams finished with nine hits in the game. Jimmy Comerota led all players with three hits and he stole his fifth base of the season. Both Jenkins and Navarro finished with a pair of hits, with Jenkins hitting a homer and Navarro a triple.

Greg Robinson took the loss after giving up the Sierra home run in only a third of an inning of work. Starter John Pedrotty yielded two earned runs in only three innings of work. Justin Albert pitched a quick shutout inning, recording a pair of strikeouts. Alex Capual then threw three innings, giving up one earned run among the two plated while he was on the hill. Mike Blake faced one batter in the eighth after Robinson was taken out with one out and got that batter to bounce into a double play.

The Bears return to Yakima County Stadium with a 4-10 record after the series in Spokane. Friday the Bears start a three-game series in Yakima against the Boise Hawks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and right-handed pitcher Randy Hamrick will start for the Bears, while the Hawks are expected to send out right-handed pitcher Luis Liria.

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