The Bells led 8-2 after the fourth inning, but the Pirates slowly built a comeback with two runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh. Bells manager Kevin Matthews turned to Ben Ruff late, putting the utility player on the mound to pitch the final 2 1/3 innings. Ruff had already made a huge impact on the game with a three-run home run in the fourth inning to push the Bell’s lead to 8-2.
Ruff replaced starter James Wise who allowed all seven Moses Lake runs on 10 hits. Wise earned his second victory of the season while Ruff was credited with his second save.
Moses Lake twice held the lead early on, taking leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Chris Sturdivant put the home team on top with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second with the first of his three hits on the night.
Combined, the Bells pounded out 13 hits en route to their fourth straight victory. Bellingham also added three stolen bases to give them a league-leading 43 steals on the season.
The Bells and Pirates wrap up their current three game series Sunday, June 27 with a 2:05 p.m. contest at Joe Martin Field. Sunday is Family Fun Day at the ballpark as families are invited to come out early and play catch on the field prior to the game—gates open at 1:00 p.m. Fans can also stick around after the game to meet members of the Bells 2010 squad and run the bases just like their favorite players.