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When: 6:35 p.m. Wednesday

YAKIMA, Wash. — On a night when they got the kind of pitching and defense that would win most games, the Bend Elks could not muster enough offense to brake a season-worst slide.

Nico DiCarlo’s two-out RBI single in the fifth inning was the difference Tuesday night, as the Yakima Valley Pippins beat the Elks 1-0 in the opening game of a three-game West Coast League series.

The loss was the fifth in a row for Bend in the first game of six straight on the road. The losing streak is the longest since the Elks dropped four in a row in the season’s first week.

The Elks, who dipped to 2-5 for the second half of the league season and 14-20 overall, got a solid effort from starting pitcher Gil Luna. The left-hander from the University of Arizona, who earlier Tuesday was chosen to play in next week’s WCL All-Star Game in Bend, allowed three hits and the game’s only run over 6 2⁄ 3 innings. Luna struck out six but also walked six in falling to 2-2 for the season.

— Bulletin staff report

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