The Bellingham Bells were defeated, 5-0, last night by the Yakima Valley Pippins in the first of a three-game series at Yakima County Stadium.
The Bells’ bats never came alive, as they scattered five hits on the way to being shut out for the first time this season.
For Yakima, it was their first victory in their last 10 ballgames, and just the third in their last 17.
They got on the board early, and never looked back, plating two runs in the first inning against Bellingham starter Matt Henckel.
Henckel would settle in to blank the Pippins for the next three innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when Yakima Valley scored another run to take a 3-0 lead.
Brendon Argomaniz then gave up two runs in the sixth in his Bells debut.
The 5-0 lead is all the Pippins would need, as they brought in two-time West Coast League Pitcher of the Week Joe Magrisi to pitch the ninth. He struck out Jack Machtolf and Derek Marshall before giving a up a booming two-out triple to Cole Hinkelman, his first extra-base hit as a Bell. The next batter, Danny Martin, struck out with Hinkelman on third to end the ballgame.
The Bells will look to bounce back tonight when they face off against the Pippins for game two at Yakima County Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.