By Walla Walla Sweets
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Adam Gunn struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings as Bellingham handed the Sweets a crushing 4-0 defeat on Tuesday night at Borleske Stadium.
The win pushes the Bells (28-17) nine games ahead of the Sweets (19-26) with nine to play this summer. The teams will complete their mini two-game series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
Making his fifth start of the summer, Gunn was dominant, scattering seven hits and allowing just two walks over eight innings. He moved to 4-0 on the year and lowered his ERA to 0.76. He got some big help from Jarel Lewis who went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the second inning.
Lewis started is excellent evening in the first. With a runner on third and two outs, Lewis raced into the right-center field gap and made a diving catch of a Spencer O'Neil line drive to keep the game scoreless. Then, he stepped up in the second and drilled a slider over the left field wall to make it 2-0. He made another outstanding catch in the fourth, racing in to make a tumbling snag of a flare off the bat of Jarrod Turner. It left runners on second and third and kept the game 3-0 in favor of the Bells.
The Sweets had their chances on Tuesday but left nine runners on base. They got a pair of hits in the second but Gunn struck out back-to-back batters to end the frame. Two more reached in the sixth but a fly to center ended the threat. Finally, Gunn and reliever Davis Engel each got double play balls to escape trouble in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Tyler Roberts started for the Sweets and lasted into the sixth inning. He allowed four runs on five hits and struck out a season-high six batters. Connor Lawhead then was called on to make his Sweets debut and he shined. He tossed three scoreless innings of relief and struck out three. Shane Zeile and J.J. Robinson each had two hits for the Sweets.
Game two of the series is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Joe Arlt will start for the Sweets.