Timberjacks' late rally falls short
There was a flicker of hope to the end, but lightning failed to strikeon back-to-back nights at Miles Field.
The Southern Oregon Timberjacks found themselves in familiar territory,trailing by nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday night.
A five-run seventh inning wasn't enough, however, as the Yakima Bearsheld on for a 12-9 victory.
Ed Farris' grand slam charged up the 1,902 fans and chilled the Bears'hearts. But in the end, Southern Oregon couldn't overcome six walks, twoerrors and Yakima's five extra-base hits.
It was entertaining tonight, but sloppy, said Farris. Wedid some dumb things.
After seeing an eight-run lead evaporate in Sunday's 13-12 loss, theBears were justifiably jittery in the late innings.
Everybody was thinking about that when he hit that grand slam,Yakima slugger Nick Leach said. The guys got their heads down fora minute. But we knew stuff like that isn't going to happen a lot. It wasa fluky thing.
I don't think it would've been a good trip home or a good anythingif we would've lost tonight.
Despite the loss, Southern Oregon won three of five games in the seriesand heads north for a three-game series that begins today at Salem-Keizerwith a 22-17 record.
The Timberjacks struck first when Nathan Haynes reached base on an infieldsingle, stole second and third and coasted home on Roberto Vaz's sacrificefly to left field.
Yakima evened the count in the top of the second and then went up 5-1with a four-run outburst in the fourth inning.
Leach, who bashed two homers Sunday night, tripled off the center fieldwall to start the second. Then, Cash Riley grounded to third base to scoreLeach.
The Bears chased Southern Oregon starter Jason Anderson in the fourth.The first three batters collected hits and then Derrick Peoples lashed atwo-out single down the right field line to drive in two more.
The Bears broke it open with three more runs to make it 8-1 in the sixthwhen Eric Flores doubled home two runs and then scored when second basemanEddie Lara couldn't handle Peoples' grounder.
Southern Oregon's sixth-inning comeback was cut short after just onerun crossed the plate. Jose Figueroa scored on Rich Saitta's throwing errorand then Adam Robinson had his nine-game hitting streak halted when he bouncedinto a shortstop-to-second-to-first double play to end the inning.
Yakima extended its lead to 11-2 in the top of the seventh when Leachdoubled in Saitta and Brian Zaun then scored on Ricky Bell's sacrifice fly.
Southern Oregon sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh inning asit tallied five runs to cut the deficit to four runs.
After Lara walked with one out, Vaz and Adam Piatt singled to load thebases for Farris, the TJ's RBI leader. Farris crushed Neal Hannah's 0-1delivery 360 feet to left center for his third home run and second grandslam of the summer.
He threw two fastballs in a row, Farris said. I fouledoff the first one and hit the second.
The Timberjacks proceeded to reload the bases and scored one more runwhen Haynes drew a bases-loaded walk off Stephen Verigood.
Southern Oregon pulled within 11-8 in the eighth inning when Brad Gorriewalked, moved to third on Figueroa's base hit and scored on Mickey Maestas'wild pitch.
But the Bears came right back with an insurance run when Riley snappedan 0-for-16 slump with a triple to left-center field and scored on Bell'ssecond sacrifice fly.