Yakima shutout the Spokane Indians 5-0 Tuesday night. The first place Bears are now 11-8 this season after taking two of three against the Indians.
The loss dropped Spokane to third place in the East Division at 7-12.
The Bears grabbed an early lead when Josh Parr hit a solo home run in the first inning, which was followed by a Shaun Cooper single and a RBI-double from Jacob House. The Bears would add to the lead in the fourth inning, which was highlighted by a two-run triple by House. After four innings, the Bears led 5-0, which held up to the end thanks to the pitching staff.
Starting pitcher Cody Wheeler pitched like he had a one-run lead, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Wheeler would earn his second win in as many starts. Frank Santana then came in and K'd five batters in two shutout innings. Jose Jose finished the game by blanking the Indians in the final two frames. Those three pitchers allowed only five hits and finished with a combined 12 strikeouts.
The Bears still have a three-game lead for first place in the Northwest League's East Division after going 4-2 on the six-game homestand. The teams now head to Avista Stadium for the next three days. First pitch each night in Spokane is scheduled for 6:35.
Wednesday's probable pitchers are lefty Daniel Watts of the Bears and right-handed pitcher Abel De Los Santos of the Indians.