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Tribe Piles on Early, Sweeps Bears for East Pennant

September 8, 2010 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Indians (2-0) jumped out to a large early lead and it proved to be too much for the Yakima Bears (0-2) as the Tribe won the game 6-1 to sweep the best-of-3 series and capture the Northwest League East pennant in front of 1,627 fans at Avista Stadium Tuesday night.

Spokane took advantage of a hit batsman and walk by scoring four runs on three hits in the opening frame to take a 4-0 lead.

The Bears scored their lone run in the top of the fourth on a Yazy Arbelo RBI single, following a Zach Walters leadoff double off the top of the wall in center field.

The Indians managed just one hit after that decisive first inning but tacked on insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings to help pull away.

Randol Rojas (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing a run on six hits while striking out four and walking one to earn the win. Enrique Burgos (0-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on four hits while striking out five and walking seven to suffer the loss.

The Bears outhit the Indians 15 to 10 in the series but were outscored 11 to 2 due to struggles with runners in scoring position.

Spokane will meet the Everett AquaSox in a best-of-3 series to determine the Northwest League champions beginning Thursday night.

Yakima finished the regular season with its best record since 2003, and made its first playoff appearance since 2000.

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