The Yakima Bears lost 3-2 to the Boise Hawks Wednesday night at Yakima County Stadium in game three of the Northwest League East Division series. The win for the Hawks gave Boise a 2-1 series win and propelled the Hawks to the 2012 Northwest League Championship series against Vancouver.
The Bears fell behind in the third inning, as a wild pitch with runners on the corners allowed one run to score and that was followed by a bases loaded fly ball single to left field that stretched the Hawks lead to 3-0. The Bears were unable to answer until the eighth inning. Josh Parr led off that eighth inning with a single and Danny Poma reached on a walk. Yogey Perez-Ramos then hit a groundball to second that was thrown away, allowing Parr to score. A Kevin Medrano groundout brought in Poma and put Perez-Ramos at third, but the Bears were unable to bring him in. The score would stay at 3-2 until the end.
The loss went on Jose Martinez, who allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks in four and a third innings. The Bears bullpen, led by two and two thirds innings from Alex Carreras, did not allow a run in the final four and two thirds innings. Hawks starter Felix Pena tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win and Eddie Orozco retired the Bears final five batters to earn the save.
The Bears outhit the Hawks 6-5. Steven Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game. The Bears other hits came from Medrano, Parr, Michael Lang, and Mark Ginther.
The Bears finished the 2012 regular season 37-39 and went 1-2 in the playoffs.
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