The Bellingham Bells will have to go to a decisive Game 3 in their West Coast League first-round playoff series against Kelowna after falling 6-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in British Columbia.
Michael Koval, who entered the game with a 1.17 ERA, pitched six shutout innings against the Bells, allowing six hits as the Bells were unable to find a way to get runners home.
Bellingham ace Andrew Kemmerer was not as successful on the mound as he has been this year, but some lackluster defense cost the Bells.
In the first inning, the Falcons got one across the plate when Grant Meylan capitalized on a base runner who got thrown at second, giving Meylan time to score. In the fifth, an error put runners on first and third with one out, before a fielder’s choice and a triple drove in three.
Kemmerer, who allowed five runs but only three earned, was relieved by Hunter Haworth in the sixth inning, followed by Reagan Todd and Grant Schneider.
Offensively for the Bells, it was again Patrick McGrath shining, as he went 2 for 4, while Dustin Breshears and K.J. Brady each went 2 for 3.
The final game of the series will be Thursday, Aug. 13, in Kelowna.
Kelowna 6, Bellingham 0
WP: Michael Koval. LP: Andrew Kemmerer. Highlights: Bellingham: Chris Beall 1-4; Dustin Breshears 2-3; Patrick McGrath 2-4; K.J. Brady 2-3, BB. Kelowna: Grant Meylan 1-4, R; Matt Hearn 1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB; Josh Egan 1-1, RBI; Justin Flores 1-3, RBI, BB; Ben Gamba 1-4; Vinny Esposito 2-4, R, RBI; Joey Crunkilton 1-3, R; Kyle Plantier 0-3, R, RBI.
BELLINGHAM BELLS VS. KELOWNA FALCONS
Series tied 1-1