Lincoln, CA--The Portland Pickles never give up. Despite an early 8-0 hole, the team rallied for three in the fifth inning and five in the ninth inning to tie the game entering the bottom of the ninth inning. The Lincoln Potters got three straight two-out hits in the ninth, eventually walking-off with the 9-8 victory on an RBI single to right field from Kyle Selor.
The Potters' offense was anchored by lead-off hitter Zach Hoffman, who doubled and scored in the first and hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Zach Hall also had two hits, and hit a towering home run to right field in the fourth inning. Selor finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Zander Clarke got the Pickles offense started with an RBI single in the fifth inning, that was immediately followed by a two-run homer by Matt Hardy to left-center field, his 10th of the season. In the ninth inning, the Pickles got an RBI double from Alec Leighton, bases loaded hit-by-pitches from Hardy and Daniel Lopez, and a two-run single from Joey Cooper.
Bobby Kinne finished with three hits on the night for Portland, including a third inning double. He also scored two runs.
Pickles starter Mike Gagliardi had a no-decision, allowing seven runs in two innings. Relievers Andrew Eppenbach, Matt Lester, Jack Gordon, and Zach Johnson combined to allow just one run in six innings. Dustin Redish (0-3) took the loss, allowing the winning run.
Potters starter Kenneth Pettibone also had a no-decision, going seven innings and allowing three runs, walking two, and striking out four. Jacob Gomez (4-0) earned the win for Lincoln, recording all three outs in the top of the ninth after Travis Parker allowed five earned runs to start the ninth.
The Pickles (24-26) play the Potters (31-18) again tomorrow night at McBean Stadium in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, and coverage will start at 7:00. The game can be heard on Sunny 1550 and will be streamed on picklesbaseball.com.