Magic Number is One as Pippins Makes it Nine Straight
Yakima's Andrew Woods spun some magic on the mound with an eight-inning, six-strikeout performance as the Pippins shut out the Cowlitz Black Bears, 2-0, Tuesday night at County Stadium.
The West Coast League's leader in strikeouts with 58, Woods was 1-2-3 lights-out against the Black Bears, who mustered only three hits off him before Kenny Rosenberg came in for the save and to ensure the win and the fifth shutout of the season.
The Pippins once again scored early in the first inning as Mitch Skaggs singled in the first run of the game. Shawn Wardian highlighted Yakima's offense as he gave another hitting clinic with a 4-for-4 game. The final score for the Pippins came as Vince Fernandez hit a triple then scored on a sacrifice fly from Alex Guenette to make it 2-0.
The Pippins (32-18) are one game away from clinching the WCL's Eastern Division. They need another win or a Wenatchee AppleSox loss to seal the deal.
Yakima hosts Cowlitz for the final home game of the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, with pregame at 6:55 p.m. on 1460 ESPN Yakima.