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Tyrell Poggemeyer threw eight scoreless innings in the one hour and 54-minute contest, but after striking out six and allowing just five hits, he stayed in the dugout for the ninth inning and could only watch as a pair of teammates allowed the game’s only run in the top of the ninth before Wenatchee starter Chad Wagner returned to the mound to complete his nine-inning gem.
“Tyrell competed his tail off for us tonight,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell of his third-year starter. “We expect him to come out big for us and he continues to do that every time we put the ball in his hand.”
Poggemeyer looked sharp as he was able to command his off-speed pitches and mix in his fastball with ease. He even retired the side five times, but it came with a little assistance from an outstanding defensive performance.
Kevin Whitehead picked off Tommy Reyes at first base in the fourth and then caught D.J. Crumlich trying to steal home on a failed squeeze bunt attempt. In the sixth inning the Bells threw out Josh Takayoshi at third as he tried to turn a double into a triple, and Poggemeyer even helped his own cause by picking off a runner in the seventh.
Offensively, however, the Bells' bats went seemingly unnoticed until the last inning.
“We executed well tonight defensively and that’s an area where we’ve struggled so far this season,” Newell said. “But the games in this league are generally decided by one or two runs and we just couldn’t get it done when we needed to.
“I give all the credit to Wagner,” Newell said. “To go out there and pick up the complete game win—that was a great game for him.”
Brandon Foster came in following the walk to get the final out of the inning.
“We had the guys we wanted to have at the plate there,” Newell said. “We just didn’t find a way to take advantage of it.”
Saturday is Bike Night at Joe Martin Field presented by Bellingham Harley Davidson. Fans riding their motorcycles to the game will receive a discount on their tickets a reserved parking spot to show their bike off to other fans in attendance.