Monday was Tim Hergert's final night with the Yakima Valley Pippins, and he made it count. His two-homer performance against the home-team Klamath Falls Gems included a grand slam, the second for the Pippins in this series.

The Pippins put five runs on the board in the third inning, thanks to the hot bat of Jake Roberts, and Hergert hit a solo shot in the fourth to put the Pippins up 6-0.

The Gems stirred in the fifth to cut the Pippins' lead to 6-4. Then Randy Fuller hit an RBI single to keep some space between the Pippins and the Gems, 7-4.

Again the Gems added two more runs to get closer. But Hergert was having none of it, crushing his second home run of the night -- a grand slam to bust open the scoring for the Pippins.

In the end it was the Pippins over the Gems, 11-6.

The Pippins return to Yakima tonight for a six-game stand at Yakima County Stadium. The team hosts a non-league game against the Northwest Honkers at 7:05 p.m. Matt Trask makes his first start to Yakima.

Listen to it live on 1460 KUTI.

-- Jack Balzer, KUTI