Pippins Rally, But Fall on Walk-Off Homer
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – In a pitcher’s duel through eight innings between the Pippins and the Bellingham Bells, the offense showed off over the final couple frames. The final display was a walk-off home run from Bellingham’s Chase Scott that sent the Bells to a 5-3 win over the Pippins at Joe Martin Field.
Bellingham’s first three runs came in the 3rd inning against Yakima Valley starter Mitch Yada, who worked 8 innings and allowed 7 hits. Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned for Bellingham (14-9). Outside of the 3rd, Yada was effective once again. His 8 innings marked the longest by a Pippins starter this season.
His counterpart, Andrew Kemmerer, kept the Yakima Valley (14-9) bats quiet, scattering 3 hits over his 7 innings of work. However, leading 3-0 heading to the 9th, the bullpen was unable to preserve the lead. David Becker broke the shutout with an RBI single to left field and AJ Sawyer tied the game with a two-run single to left. The Pippins had a chance to take the lead with the bases loaded and one out, but Corey Morris grounded into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the 9th, Ryan Lillie came on in relief and worked into a bases-loaded jam with only one out. However, he struck out KJ Brady and induced a groundout to end the inning to send the game to extras.
After the Pippins went quietly in their half of the 10th, the Bells got a runner to 2nd base with two outs before Scott hit a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field wall to end the game.
Yakima Valley dropped its first extra-inning game this season in three tries. The Pippins will play their first rubber match on the road Thursday at 7:05 pm. Jesse Houser takes the mound for the Pippins against Grant Schneider of Bellingham.