Bellingham used a season-high 14 hits and six Kelowna errors to score at least one run in every inning but the third en route to a 9-4 series-opening victory over the Falcons on Tuesday, June 30, at Joe Martin Field.
Mike Chiarelli technically led the Oregon State Beavers in 2009 with his .500 batting average. So maybe it’s no surprise that he now finds his name atop the West Coast League leader board after batting .462 (18-of-39) through Bellingham’s first 17 games.
Friday brings the homestand to a conclusion as the Bells welcome the Kitsap BlueJackets to town for one game at Joe Martin Field. Bellingham is sure to end its homestand with a bang as U.S. Customs and Border Protection is sponsoring activities throughout the game and post-game fireworks. Come out early to enjoy all the excitement around the ballpark and enjoy an early Independence Day celebration with the Bells. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch schedule for 7 p.m.
Bellingham will look to clinch a series victory as they return to Joe Martin Field for game two of a current three-game set against the Kelowna Falcons. The Bells also host home games Thursday (College Night) and Friday (Post-Game Fireworks presented by U.S. Customs & Border Protection) at The Joe.
Each Monday the Bells Blog on BellinghamHerald.com takes a look at former Bellingham Bells players now playing professional baseball. Currently there are nine former Bells playing in the pros including 2005 Bells reliever Eddie Kunz (pictured) who is the only Bells player in the West Coast League era to reach the Majors.
Thursday is College Night at Joe Martin Field and students are invited to come enjoy all the excitement at a discounted price. Come out and join the Bells as they host the Kelowna Falcons in the series finale beginning at 7 p.m. Show your college ID at the Bells Ticket Window and receive a special discounted ticket price.
Bellingham’s Ray Hanson and Mitch Ludtke combined on a four-hit shutout Sunday, June 28, in an exhibition game against the Everett Merchants. Hanson, appearing in his first game since the Bells last faced the Merchants on June 11, pitched five innings and struck out two before being put in line for the win on a Tanner Leighton single that drove in Danny Hennigs for the game’s first run in the home half of the fifth.
BELLINGHAM, Wash.– Sometime the bounce goes in your favor – sometime it just pops over your head.
Friday, the ball took a bad bounce off the infield at Joe Martin Field and over the head of Bellingham (6-8) second baseman Craig Hertler to put the eventual game-winning run on first base as the Wenatchee AppleSox (11-3) won a speedy pitchers’ dual, 1-0.
Tyrell Poggemeyer threw eight scoreless innings in the one hour and 54-minute contest, but after striking out six and allowing just five hits, he stayed in the dugout for the ninth inning and could only watch as a pair of teammates allowed the game’s only run in the top of the ninth before Wenatchee starter Chad Wagner returned to the mound to complete his nine-inning gem.
“Tyrell competed his tail off for us tonight,” said Bells head coach Brandon Newell of his third-year starter. “We expect him to come out big for us and he continues to do that every time we put the ball in his hand.”
Poggemeyer looked sharp as he was able to command his off-speed pitches and mix in his fastball with ease. He even retired the side five times, but it came with a little assistance from an outstanding defensive performance.
Kevin Whitehead picked off Tommy Reyes at first base in the fourth and then caught D.J. Crumlich trying to steal home on a failed squeeze bunt attempt. In the sixth inning the Bells threw out Josh Takayoshi at third as he tried to turn a double into a triple, and Poggemeyer even helped his own cause by picking off a runner in the seventh.
Offensively, however, the Bells' bats went seemingly unnoticed until the last inning. Bellingham scattered just two hits through the first eight innings and Wagner faced the minimum from the end of the second until Patrick Claussen hit a one-out single in the seventh.
“We executed well tonight defensively and that’s an area where we’ve struggled so far this season,” Newell said. “But the games in this league are generally decided by one or two runs and we just couldn’t get it done when we needed to.
“I give all the credit to Wagner,” Newell said. “To go out there and pick up the complete game win—that was a great game for him.”
Wenatchee used three straight singles in the ninth off of reliever Jordan Stern, including the tough-luck, bad-bounce single by Reyes, to set up a tough situation for the Bells.Stern quickly struck out the next two batters, much to the delight of the 783 in attendance, before a battle of inches ultimately resulted in a five-pitch walk to Kevin Komstadius and plating the game’s only run.
Brandon Foster came in following the walk to get the final out of the inning.
Bellingham also loaded the based in the ninth with one out, but Wagner got Chris Amezquita to ground into a double play to keep the Bells off the board and capture his second win of the season.
“We had the guys we wanted to have at the plate there,” Newell said. “We just didn’t find a way to take advantage of it.”
Bellingham and Wenatchee meet Saturday, June 27, in the rubber match of the current three-game series. First pitch is schedule for 7 p.m.
Saturday is Bike Night at Joe Martin Field presented by Bellingham Harley Davidson. Fans riding their motorcycles to the game will receive a discount on their tickets a reserved parking spot to show their bike off to other fans in attendance.
For the Bellingham Bells and starter Luke Scott it was good to be home after dropping four games during their last six-game road trip. Despite falling behind early to the Wenatchee AppleSox, the Bells bounced back with a four-run fourth inning to earn the 6-3 win and snap a three-game losing streak.
Saturday night at 7 p.m. will be the series finale of a three-game set against the Wenatchee AppleSox. Saturday is Bike Night at Joe Martin Field. The event is being presented by Bellingham Harley Davidson. Fans are invited to ride thier motorcylces to the game and receive $1 off their ticket prices and a V.I.P. parking spot.
Tickets are available at the Bells Ticket Window located just outside Joe Martin Field. Fans can also pre-order tickets by calling the Bells Ticket Office at (360) 527-1035.
Bend, OR. – The Bellingham Bells won their first road game of the season 9-5 against the Bend Elks last night.
The Bells got off to an early lead putting up four runs in the top of the first inning against Elks starter Jordan Remer. Centerfielder Mark Purser singled into left field with the bases loaded to bring home catcher Mike Chiarelli and third baseman Chris Amezquita for two of his three RBI’s.
Bend made it interesting throughout the game as they scored two runs on a couple of wild pitches by Bells pitcher Luke Scott in the bottom of the second and a Cal Towey single in the bottom of the fourth, making it 4-3 Bells.
The top of the eighth proved to be game changing when the Chiarelli got the Bells bats going once again with a double to left center. Purser singled in Chiarelli after he advanced to third on a Beau Brett groundout. Brady Locker was hit by a pitch and put two on for Sam Richter to clear the bases with a two-run double. After a Hertler groundout, Patrick Claussen singled to left scoring Richter. The Bells scored four runs in the inning taking a 9-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth giving them enough to win the game.
Pitcher Luke Scott went seven strong innings for the Bells allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two and walking four.
The Bells gear up for another game against Bend at 12:30pm this afternoon. To tune into the Bells game, log on to kpov.org.
The Bellingham Bells used a four-run seventh inning to grab the lead en route to a 5-3 victory over Corvallis on Sunday at Joe Martin Field. The win gave the Bells their first back-to-back wins and first series victory of the season.
Most of Saturday’s game was a dual on the mound between Bellingham and Corvallis, but the game was ultimately won with a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth as the Bells’ Mike Chiarelli drove in the pinch-running Garrett DeRooy to give Bellingham the 2-1 victory.
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.
Day two of Major League Baseball’s 2009 First Year Draft featured some familiar names for Bellingham Bells fans. Right-handed pitcher Braden Tullis was selected in the eighth round (244th overall) Wednesday by the Texas Rangers and was the first of four players taken off the board with ties to the Bells.
Bellingham continued its homestand Thursday with an exhibition contest against the Everett Merchants at Joe Martin Field. The Bells and Merchants were knotted at three after three innings, but the visiting Merchants added four in the fourth and never looked back on their way to a 9-4 victory.
Patrick Claussen collected two of Bellingham’s four hits Sunday afternoon, but his productivity was overshadowed by a quartet of Kitsap pitchers who combined to keep Bellingham off the board en route to a 6-0, series-finale victory at Joe Martin Field.
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.