The Bells blanked the Lefties 4-0 in Tuesday’s series-opening win. The shutout was the first time the Bells have held an opponent scoreless this season.
Gernon Stays Hot
Daniel Gernon put the Bells on top for good in the 3rd with a no-doubt 2-run HR. He scored Yugo Hamakawa on the blast. The homer for him was his second in the last three games, and he has 3 RBI and is batting .400 over the course of his 4-game hitting streak. He was responsible in part for all four runs scored, with 2 RBI and 2 R.
The rest of the scoring came in the 9th inning, with Gernon and newly-minted Bell Cole Miller reaching with leadoff walks and Riley Parker taking first on an intentional walk. Gernon came around to score on a wild pitch, and Miller on a flyout. Bellingham finished with seven hits from six different players.
First Shutout of the Season
Eric Chavarria dazzled in the game, only allowing three hits over six scoreless innings. He faced 23 batters and only four reached. Through two games, Chavarria has a dominant line of 12.0 IP, 11 K, 1 BB, 6 H, and a 0.00 ERA.
Will Armbruester (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) entered in relief and pitched a clean 7th. Connor Portugal (1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) allowed the first two runners to reach, but AJ Davis got them him out of the inning with a nice unassisted double play. Duncan Favor made a strong debut for the Bells, striking out all three batters to close the door in the 9th.
This was also just the second game this year that the Bells did not commit an error, and the team played clean defense all around.
Bellingham has two more games in Port Angeles before returning to Joe Martin on Friday, June 18th. Game two is set for tomorrow, with first pitch at 6:35 PM.