YAKIMA – Tyrell Worthington drove in a pair of runs and three Yakima pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Bears pushed the Spokane Indians to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 victory in Northwest League baseball action on Saturday night.
The Tri-City Dust Devils beat the Boise Hawks 3-1 to clinch a tie for the East Division pennant. Second-place Spokane (34-34) fell eight games off the pace with eight games remaining in the regular season.
The Bears (24-44), the cellar-dwellers of the East, managed just four hits, but three of them came in the bottom of the second inning when they scored both of their runs. Matt Helm and Astolfo Inciarte ripped back-to-back one-out singles off Spokane starter Braden Tullis (3-3). The runners moved up a base on a Tullis wild pitch before he struck out Roidany Aguila for the second out. But Worthington came through in the clutch with a two-out, two-run single.
Andrew Wolcott (3-5) allowed four hits and a walk in seven innings of work to earn the victory. William Harvil allowed just a walk in the eighth and Brian Budrow pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save.