Three batters were able to reach against John Pedrotty in his six innings of work. Two reached on an error and the other on a walk. The 13th-rounder tossed his third consecutive quality start and earned his second win of the season, recording seven strikeouts, and lowering his season ERA to 3.11.
"Lately, I've gotten more consistent with mechanics, which helps me keep my velocity up and helps me locate," Pedrotty told MiLB.com. "When you can locate your off-speed pitches when you get ahead, you just build confidence off that. I feel like I'm improving with every outing."
Pedrotty's start marked the second time this season that a Bears starting pitcher held the opponent hitless through six innings. Teo Gutierrez pitched six perfect innings on July 14th at home against Salem-Keizer, but gave up several hits and runs in the seventh inning. Pedrotty did not come out for the seventh inning Saturday due to a pitch count limitation of around 85.
"I was dying to get back out there, but when you're a first-year guy you can't really argue," lamented Pedrotty. "It's bittersweet for me not to go out there for the seventh, but we got the win and that's what matters."
After Pedrotty left, Willy Paredes allowed a single in the seventh inning. Paredes finished with only the one hit allowed in two shutout innings and he had three strikeouts in his Northwest League debut. Victor Acosta gave up a hit but no runs in the ninth inning, earning his first NWL save.
Pedrotty was spotted a pair of runs by the Bears offense in the second inning. Garrett Weber hit a double and then scored on a Tyler Bream's triple. Bream came home when Tyson Van Winkle hit a single later in the inning. The other run in the game came in the bottom of the fifth, when Jimmy Comerota hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Westley Moss.
- The Bears totaled 10 hits on the night, with eight of the nine batters in the order collecting at least one hit.
- Moss went 2-for-4 and is batting .349 over his last 10 games
- Comerota is now 6-for-14 with six RBI since coming off the DL August 10th.
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