A night after the Black Bears rallied for eight runs, the offense mustered just three hits as the Andrew Woods and Yakima Valley Pippins dominated Cowlitz in a 2-0 shutout on Tuesday night from Yakima County Stadium.
After the Black Bears were retired in order in the first, Shawn Wordian led off for the Pippins with a double. Mitch Skaggs drove him home to give Yakima the lead after the first inning for the second straight night.
Cowlitz' starter Chris Castellanos was sharp in his seven innings of work, exiting with the Black Bears trailing 2-0.
With a single in the seventh inning, Jonathan Serven extended his hitting streak to eight games, the longest for the Black Bears this season.
Kenny Rosenburg entered the game in the ninth and walked both Nick Funyak and Daniel Orr to put the tying tuns aboard for the Black Bears with two outs in the ninth inning. Rosenburg finished the game with a strike out, giving the Pippins their ninth straight victory.
The Pippins will clinch the East Division title with a win or an AppleSox loss on Wednesday night. Wenatchee remained four games back in the division with a win themselves on Tuesday night and are now just one game back of the wild card after a loss by the Bend Elks.
All-star Billy Sahlinger (4-0, 2.07 ERA) will look to end Yakima's nine game winning streak on Wednesday night to close out the series. The Pippins starter is to be announced with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Tune in to Shane Downey for all the action beginning at 6:50 on KEDO AM 1400 and streaming live on cowlitzblackbears.com.