Game 1 of Double Header
In the first seven inning game of Sunday’s double header the Bellingham Bells lose for the second straight game to the Wenatchee AppleSox 5-3.
Bells starting pitcher Davis Engel and Wenatchee’s starter Beau Kearns worked very quickly early in the game which was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Engel started falling behind hitters. Engel fell behind 3 balls and no strikes to four straight hitters which was highlighted by an RBI single from Cabe Reiten to put the AppleSox up 1-0.
Engel continued to struggle in the fifth, hitting the leadoff hitter with the pitch which was followed by a Gerhard Muelheims double to put runners at second and third. That would put an end to Engel’s day and he was replaced by Bells pitcher Randy Button who didn’t fare much better. Button walked the bases loaded and then surrendered back to back RBI singles by Derek Blankenship and Mitchell Gunsolus and then a sacrifice fly by Jordan Osborn which stretched the Wenatchee lead to 4-0.
The Bells were finally able to get to AppleSox starting pitcher Beau Kearns with some help from a throwing error which scored a run followed by a Jake Peevyhouse RBI single to cut the Wenatchee lead to 4-2 after five. The Bells cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI single from Grant Fink.
The Bells comeback fell just short as they could not put any more runs across against Kearns who went the complete game 7 innings, earning the victory. The AppleSox added another in the seventh to make the game final at 5-3.
Game 1 Box Score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=64306
Game 2 of Double Header
In the second game of Sunday’s double header the Bellingham Bells finally earned their first victory of the year in walk off fashion. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning and 2 outs, Bells second basemen Johnny Farrington delivered the game winning RBI single to give the Bells a 2-1 victory over the Wenatchee AppleSox.
Bells starting pitcher Corey Carma pitched a solid 5 innings, striking out five and only allowing one run on five hits which gave the Bells a chance to win the game. Carma and the AppleSox starter, Derek Callahan, pitched 4 scoreless innings each to start the game and it wasn’t until the fifth inning until anyone scored a run.
In the top of the fifth, Carma walked the AppleSox leadoff hitter, Bryce Jackson who was bunted over to second by Cabe Reiten and then driven home by Gerhard Muelheims RBI single to give Wenatchee the 1-0 lead. The Bells immediately answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Desmond Santos worked a leadoff walk and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt from first basemen Rouric Bridgewater. With two outs catcher Michael Leach came through with an RBI single to tie the game at 1.
In the top of the sixth, Bells relief pitcher Karl Myers replaced Carma and retired the side in order. Myers ran into a little trouble in the top of the seventh when he allowed a two out double from Cabe Reiten putting the go ahead run in scoring position. Next was Stephen Ventimilia who looped one into left field but got a little too aggressive trying to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Bells Designated Hitter Nathaniel Causey led off the bottom of the seventh by ripping a ball past the first basemen just barely fair, but was thrown out on a perfect throw from AppleSox right fielder Jordan Osborn. The next batter was Desmond Santos who had a line drive double into left field followed by an intentional walk to Rouric Bridgewater to set up the double play. Jarel Lewis grounded out to put runners at second and third and 2 outs. The AppleSox decided to intentionally walk Michael Leach to load the bases for Johnny Farrington. Farrington made them pay by drilling the second pitch into left field to give the Bells the walk off 2-1 win.
Bells and AppleSox will play the final game of the four game series on Monday at 7:05 PM.
Game 2 Box Score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=98567