Game Story. Medford, OR. July 28, 2013. The Cowlitz Black Bears came up short in their first ever game against the Medford Rogues (21-220night, falling 9-5. The two clubs will meet five more times before seasons end, as they battle for a chance to represent the South division in the playoffs.
Starter Domenic Mazza struggled early allowing two runs in the first inning but the Black Bears offense was quick to provide support. After an error and a Danny Recio in the second inning RBI singles by Paul Martinez and Derrick Salberg to quickly tie the game at 2-2.
An Austin Grebeck single and walk by Paul Martinez had them in a similar run scoring opportunity in the fourth innings. A Salberg double to right field scored both of them, and Kyle Knigge singled home Salberg to give the Black Bears a 5-2 lead.
Mazza settled into a groove with the lead until the fifth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Medford third baseman Parker Miles, who belted a ball to deep left-center field. Salberg elevated and nearly made a highlight reel catch, but the ball hit off the edge of his glove over the wall and the Black Bears trailed 6-5.
The offense continued to generate opportunities, but could not capitalize, stranding six runners in the final three frames and ten overall. Cowlitz outhit Medford in the game 10-5, but the Rogues capitalized on their hits and four errors defensively for the Black Bears.
Game two of the three game series will be cowlitzblackbears.com.night with first pitch scheduled for from Harry and David Field. All-star Zach Wilkins will be making his first appearance since pitching a scoreless inning in the all-star game, with the Medford starter yet to be announced. Tune in for all the action with Shane Downey beginning at on KEDO AM 1400 and streaming live on