Portland, Ore. --
The Pickles took home a resounding 12-0 win over the Sweets on Thursday night in front of 1,978 faithful on Portland TrailBlazers night at the ballpark, winning the series.
Portland banged out eleven hits on the night and chased Walla Walla starter Darius Vines after just two innings. Vines entered the game having allowed one earned run in 18 innings pitched; he allowed six runs over two frames on Thursday.
The Pickles were sensational again on the mound, led by Michael Newstrom (W 2-3) who retired all nine of the hitters he faced in three innings on the mound. Colin Suter escaped trouble in the fourth and fifth, finishing with three scoreless innings of relief while stranding a toal of four baserunners. Alex Roth struck out four of the seven hitters he faced for two more scoreless frames, and Dylan Lamb sent down the Sweets in order in the ninth.
Gio Diaz cranked a two-run homer of Vines in the bottom of the first, the first long ball Vines has allowed this year and the fourth homer of Diaz's summer.
Portland added four in the second inning, as Jake Berry led off with a single and Daniel Lopez bunted down the third base line for another single. Daniel Edson walked to load the bases, and following a fielder's choice at the plate, Carson Breshears was hit by a pitch for a second straight plate apperance, forcing home Lopez from third to make it 3-0.
With Diaz hitting, another run scored on a passed ball and another one scored on a Vines wild pitch. Diaz singled to score Breshears for another run, making it 6-0.
Zeroes went on the board for Walla Walla the entire night, with Joey Cooper doing his part defensively with a pair of sensational catches against the fence to end the top of the fourth and the top of the sixth, robbing a total of four runs from Walla Walla.
The Pickles added six more runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with no out, and Carson Breshears brought in two runs with a single to left. Diaz singled again to re-load the bases, and Mikey Perez blasted a two-run double down the left field line to score Jace McKinney and Breshears. Diaz came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Brody Barnum, and Perez scored later on a wild pitch to make it 12-0.
The win improves the Pickles to 3-3 in the second half, and 20-12 overall. They open a three-game weekend series with the Kelowna Falcons on Friday night at 7:05pm.
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