LEFTIES: Port Angeles gets great pitching but can’t score against Bellingham Bells

BELLINGHAM — The Port Angeles Lefties got great pitching from a quartet of pitchers Sunday against Bellingham, but couldn’t generate much offense of their own in a 4-2 loss to the Bells on the road.

The Lefties came within a few feet of tying the game on a deep drive to the warning track with a runner on base in the eighth inning by Garrett Lake. The ball came just short of a home run and was caught for an out.

Four Lefties pitchers allowed just three hits for the game. Six walks and three errors were the undoing for Port Angeles.

Justin Miller started, going four innings and allowing no hits. He walked three and struck out five. He took the hard-luck loss.

Sakemi Sato gave up a hit and a run in one inning of work, while Richie Amavizca, normally an infielder, pitched 2⅔ innings, allowing two hits, a walk and an earned run.

At the plate, Zach Thomas went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Javy Espinoza had a hit and a run scored and Nick Oakley had a hit and an RBI. Newcomer Bryce Matthews (Washington State) drove in a run on a groundout.

Saturday’s game

BELLINGHAM — The Lefties gave up 16 hits and 14 runs in a rough outing Saturday night against Bellingham as they fell 14-2 to the Bells.

Bellingham scored six runs in the third and four in the sixth. The Lefties managed just five hits.

Shea Thomas, Garrett Lake, Jack Holman and Oakley had hits, while Bryce Matthews scored a run and Holman and Oakley had RBIs.

On the mound, starter Corey Sanchez took the loss. Kaden Lewis finished up, striking out eight in four innings. He gave up six runs over four innings, with only two of those runs earned. He walked three and struck out eight.

The Lefties (6-12 in the West Coast League) are off today and return home to play defending WCL champs Corvallis (17-6) at Civic Field at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Bellingham 4, Port Angeles 2

PA 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 — 2 6 3

Bell. 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 X — 4 3 1

WP: Armbruester. LP: Miller.

Pitching

PA — Miller 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; Sato IP, H, ER, K; Sinclair 0.1 IP, ER, 2 BB; Amavizca 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB.

Bell. — Armbruester 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K; Barth 2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K; Tucker 2 IP, BB.

Hitting

PA — Z. Thomas 2-4, 2B, R; Oakley 1-3, RBI; S. Thomas 1-4; Espinoza 1-4, R; Matthews 0-4, RBI.

Bell. — Knight 2-3, R, RBI, BB; Aviles 1-1, 2B, RBI.

Bellingham 14, Port Angeles 2

PA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 — 2 5 3

Bell. 1 1 6 0 1 4 0 1 X — 14 16 1

WP: O’Rourke. LP: Sanchez.

Pitching

PA — Sanchez 2.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, K; Howey 1.1 IP, 0 ER, BB K; Lewis 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.

Bell. — O’Rourke 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K; Sanders 1.2 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K; Barokas 3 IP, H, K; Chavarria 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K.

Hitting

PA — Thomas 1-3; Lakes 1-3, BB; Matthews 0-2, R, 2 BB; Holman 1-4 RBI; Oakley 1-4 RBI.

Bell. — Corona 3-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; Samperi 3-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; Knight 3-3, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB; Saunders 1-5, 2B, R, RBI; Davis 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI.

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