Matt Helm Gives Yakima a Walkoff Sweep

Matt Helm delivered two clutch hits for the Bears, including the game-winner in the bottom of the twelfth inning, as the Yakima Bears topped the Spokane Indians 4-3 to complete their first series sweep of the season Monday night. Daniel Taylor continued his dominance, culminating in a Player of the Month Award for the starting pitcher.

With two outs and pinch runner Tyrell Worthington on second base, the recently-signed Matt Helm grounded a two-out, two-strike pitch off Indian reliever Chris Matlock past a diving shortstop to score Worthington and end the game. Earlier, in the bottom of the fifth, Helm hit a two-run single with two outs to tie the game at 3-3.

The Bears bullpen was near perfect, as Will Harvil, Brian Budrow and Pedro Rodriguez combined for six innings, allowing no runs on four hits, striking out two and walking one. Rodriguez (2-3) earned the victory, pitching a scoreless twelfth. Matlock (1-6) took the loss, allowing one run in 2 2/3.  The Bears defense lent a hand by turning four double plays.

Dan Taylor tossed another quality start, allowing just one earned run in six innings, striking out seven and walking two.  Days earlier, Taylor received the Dunbar Jewelers Player of the Month Award for August.  He went 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA over six starts in the month, fanning an incredible 45 batters in 37 innings. His batting average against for the month is a meager .176 and his August WHIP is just 0.95. 

Dan Kaczrowski helped spark the Bears offensively, going 3-for-4 with two runs, a walk, and a stolen base.  Helm also stole a base as well, while Astolfo Inciarte swiped a pair.

With the win, Yakima improves its extra-inning record to 5-4 on the season in its final home game of 2009.

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