If a solid starting performance for Friday’s pitchers were what fans were looking for then they most definiately came to the wrong game. Bellingham’s Tyrell Poggemeyer gave up seven run on eight hits and walked five batters before eventually leaving the game with the lead after 111 pitches (62 strikes).
But Corvallis’ Liam Baron didn’t look any better in the Knights’ 9-8 victory as he gave up 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work against a Bells squad that is averaging over nine hits a night in West Coast League action.
The Knights jumped on top early with a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Bells never gave up and were able to crawl back into the game and even grab an 8-6 lead after five complete innings. Bellingham then garnered just three hits in the remaining four frames and gave up single runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to drop their third straight league game.
Bellingham’s Rhett Fenton led all batters going 4-of-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored. Catcher Mike Chiarelli made his 2009 debut for the Bells and went 3-of-4 while scoring a run.
Entering the ninth inning, the game was tied at eight and Bellingham had a 12-11 advantage in the hits column. But the Knights benefited from two walks by reliever Seth Harvey and Pat Cowell drove in his first run of the season to put Corvallis on top for good.
Bellingham did put its leadoff runner on base in the ninth, but James Nygren retired the next three batters to finish the game.
The Bells will look to return to the win column Saturday in the second game of their three-game series against the defending WCL champions. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Joe Martin Field and fans can get free massages courtesy of Chappaz Massage once they enter the gates.
The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League. During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment.