Bend continued to show why it has the best record in the West Coast League as the Elks to a six-hit complete game by Ben Guidos. The Elks also benefited from nine walks including seven by Bells starter Cody Fassold.
Fassold (3-1) has been one of the best pitchers in the WCL all season, but was tagged with his first loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just 4 1/3 innings on the mound. The righty also struck out three batters in the contest bringing his league-leading strikeout total to 46.
The Elks also benefited from three Bellingham errors as only four of their six runs were earned. Bend broke the scoreless tie with two outs in the third inning. After sitting down the first two batters, Fassold walked three straight Elks batters before giving up a two-run single to Garrett Queen.
Bend extended its lead to 6-0 with four runs on three hits and one error in the fifth inning.
Travis Anderson put the Bells on the board in the eighth inning with a solo home run to help Bellingham avoid the shutout. Anderson’s home run was his first of the season and the Bellingham’s second in as many games.
The loss brought Bellingham’s nine-game road trip to an end as the Bells posted a 4-5 record on the long trip though Corvallis, Ore., Bremerton, Wash., and Bend, Ore. The Bells return home Monday, July 12 to open a three-game set against the Cowlitz Black Bears. First pitch for Monday’s contest is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and tickets for the series are still available by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 527-1035.