The struggling Yakima Bears (23-37) defeated the Boise Hawks
(28-32) 4-3 in front of 2,037 fans at County Stadium Friday night. They allowed
two runs to fall behind 3-1 in the top of the tenth, but would rally for three
in the bottom half, tallying the game-winning run on a walk-off single by the
sizzling Ryan Wheeler.
The Bears scored the game's first run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Tim Sherlock RBI triple. Boise responded with a game-tying RBI single from Logan Watkins the very next half-inning. Boise broke the 1-1 tie with two runs on three hits – two of them bunt singles – off Bears' reliever Brian Budrow to take a 3-1 lead in the tenth before Yakima struck for three to earn the victory.
Dan Taylor turned in another solid outing, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. The southpaw ended up tossing seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and did not factor into the decision. The 21st-round draft pick had a 9.22 ERA over eight relief appearances prior to converting into a starter. Since then, he has gone 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 34 innings, allowing just 21 hits and seven walks while striking out 39.
Wheeler's game-winning hit was the first hit that Hawks' left-hander Ryan Sontag had allowed to a lefty all season (0-for-26 prior). The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Wheeler has been the best hitter in the Northwest League all season and is currently second in batting average (.346) and on-base-plus-slugging (.972) while leading the league in on-base percentage (.452). Wheeler, the D-backs' fifth-round selection in this year's draft, is 15-for-29 (.517) during his current seven-game hitting streak.
Budrow (3-2) picked up the win despite allowing two runs on three hits in his one inning of work. Dionis Nunez (3-2) absorbed the loss, tossing one-plus inning, allowing three runs on one hit. With the victory, the Bears improve their extra-inning record to 4-4 on the year.
Are you a full member of FutureBacks.com? If not, then you are missing out on the top Diamondbacks coverage we provide to our premium members, as well as full access to over 400 other Scout.com sites. Join us today!