Adam Gunn preservers though a bases loaded no out Wenatchee 9th inning rally, as the Bells win a nail-biter in game one of the Eastern Division Playoffs, 1-0.
In Bellingham’s first playoff game since 2005, they did not fail to thrill. Bells starter Adam Gunn got the ball having not faced the Applesox before. The Sox left a total of ten runners on base. Gunn pitched through trouble in the 5th and 8th as the Applesox failed to score with one out and a runner in scoring position.
The Bells came close to an early lead in the 2nd inning. With two outs and runners at second and third, Jonny Locher hit a sharp ground ball that third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus laid out for, jumped to his feet making the long throw in time for the final out. Bellingham left seven runners in scoring position on the night.
The big swing of the night came off the bat of Joe Winterburn. Leading off the bottom of the 7th Winterburn crushed a homerun that hit off the top of the left field foul pole. The Bells catcher would go 2-3 on the night and pace the offense to a game one win.
Wenatchee didn’t go silently in the 9th. Gunn started the frame by allowing a single to Ryan Howell, Tyler Schultz walked, and an infield single by Jeff Stephens would load the bases with no outs. Gunn would bear down in a jam, as he did time and time again throughout the night. Pinch hitter Curtis Wildung hit a come backer that Gunn flipped home for out number one, Cabe Reiten followed with a swinging strikeout. Gunsolus, the West Coast League’s record holder for hits in a season, hit a sinking line drive to Jarel Lewis in right field to end the game.
Gunn got the victory going the distance on 130 pitches, allowing five hits on five walks and six strikeouts. The loss went to Applesox reliever Bryce Jackson, tossing two innings, and giving up the games only run.
The best of three series shifts to Wenatchee, game two is set for a 7:00 start time Sunday, August 12.