Timberjacks shine during 7-2 triumph
YAKIMA, Wash. Southern Oregon played errorless baseball, took advantageof its opportunities and received a strong performance from starting pitcherTim Hudson in Northwest League baseball Friday night.
As a result, the Timberjacks defeated the Yakima Bears 7-2 and remainedtied for first place in the NWL Southern Division with the Portland Rockies,who defeated Salem-Keizer 5-3.
Hudson (3-0) had a perfect game through four innings and allowed onlyone hit and one run in his six-inning outing.
His one-out walk to Willie King in the fifth inning ended the perfectgame and the next batter, Ricky Bell, broke up the no-hitter with a single.
The Timberjacks' second pitcher, Brad Blumenstock, gave up one run onthree hits in his one inning of work, and Luis Vizcaino finished the gameby throwing two scoreless innings.
Southern Oregon, which had committed 141 errors in its previous 62 games,was perfect in the field. In contrast, the Bears made five errors that ledto five unearned runs.
Southern Oregon scored one run in the first inning when Adam Robinsonwalked with one out, stole second and scored on Eddie Lara's triple.
In the fifth inning, Yakima reliever Darrin Schmalz struck out Brad Gorrie,but the Timberjacks designated hitter reached first when catcher Lance Warrendropped the pitch and threw wildly to first. Gorrie stole second, reachedthird on an errant pickoff attempt by Schmalz and scored on Rodney Clifton'ssacrifice fly.
Yakima scored its only run off Hudson when King scored on a wild pitchin the fifth to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Timberjacks took advantage of three errors for four unearned runsin the sixth. The only hit in the inning was Adam Piatt's RBI single.
Hipolito Martinez, who entered the game with a league-leading .337 battingaverage, collected one hit in four plate appearances. Martinez's singlegave him at least one hit in 21 of the last 22 games.
Timberjacks speedy rookie center fielder Nathan Haynes was sent homefor the season with a twisted knee sustained in a game earlier in the weekin Eugene.
The 17-year-old Oakland A's first-round draft pick was hitting over .300on the season.
The TJs send Denny Wagner (1-1) to the mound in the third game of thefive-game series tonight.