HarbourCats fall in series opener in Bellingham

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July 15,2014(ISN) – Even Mikey Wright’s best effort could not help out — the HarbourCats found out why the Bellingham Bells are the top team in the West Coast League.

The Bells scratched out just enough offence against the Victoria right-hander on Monday at Joe Martin Field in front of 1,024 fans in Bellingham for a 2-1 victory, raising the Bells record to 24-6 and dropping the HarbourCats to 11.5 games back at 13-18, and all but assuring the HarbourCats need to put their playoff hopes on the wildcard spot.

Alex DeGoti scored the lone Victoria run in the ninth inning. Bellingham scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 2-0 lead, the second run scoring on a passed ball.

Wright, a right-hander from San Jose State, went eight innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits, two runs and two walks. His counterpart, Bellingham starter Zach Johnson, went seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and walking three, while fanning four.

Hunter Mercado-Hood was 2-4 as his team compiled six total hits.

The two teams will go at it on Tuesday night, with Preston Ryan getting the ball for the HarbourCats.

The HarbourCats are back home on Thursday to start a three-game series with the Klamath Falls Gems, with 7:11pm games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The HarbourCats then take Sunday off, and the team’s all-star representatives will be in Klamath Falls for Monday’s mid-season classic. The HarbourCats then visit the Cowlitz Black Bears starting on Tuesday.

Thursday is Victoria Chamber of Commerce night, Friday brings Synergy Harvey Bobblehead Night, and Saturday is Bottle Depot giveaway night.