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Three-run eighth puts Volcanoes in front for good

June 24, 2012 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The Yakima Bears lost 5-3 to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Saturday night at Yakima County Stadium. The series is tied at 2-2 going to the final game Sunday.

The Volcanoes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Bears scored a run in each of the next three innings to get themselves on top of the scoreboard. Jacob House led off the second inning with a single and later scored on a Ronnie Freeman double. Danny Poma reached on an error to start the third and was plated by a Josh Parr double. A one-out walk put Joe Loftus on in the third and, after a Jimmy Comerota single moved him to scoring position, Freeman singled to score the centerfielder.

Bears starter Cody Wheeler pitched well after the two runs in the first. Wheeler didn't allow another run, as he spread out a total of six hits and didn't walk a batter while fanning four. Behind Wheeler, RJ Hively made his professional debut with a 1-2-3 inning that featured a strikeout. Jose Jose tossed a 1-2-3 seventh, but then walked the first two batters of the eighth and was replaced on the mound by Bobby O'Neill, who allowed two inherited runners to score and was charged with a run himself. Enrique Burgos tossed a shutout ninth, but the Bears offense was unable to rally.

The Bears were outhit 10-8 in the defeat. House put together his fourth multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4. Freeman ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Parr extended his hitting streak to seven-straight games, while Shaun Cooper's hitting streak ended at seven, as he went 0-for-4.

The Bears are now 4-5 on the season, but will still hold at least a share of first place in the East Division Sunday morning. The final game of the series is scheduled for 5:35 Sunday and both teams are expected to send a left-handed pitcher to the mound. Lefty Daniel Watts will likely get the call for the Bears, while southpaw Mario Rodriguez is slated to go for the Volcanoes.

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