Pickles win fourth straight, clinch series versus Yakima
Portland, Ore. —
The Portland Pickles took game two of the series with the Yakima Valley Pippins 8-3 on Wednesday night at Walker Stadium. The win clinches the series for the Pickles and gives them a four-game win streak for a second time this year. Portland goes for the sweep Thursday night at 7:05pm.
The Pickles opened the scoring in the second inning when Brody Barnum plated Joey Cooper with a sacrifice fly to center. The 1-0 lead stayed intact as starting pitcher Joel Casillas pitched four innings of scoreless ball, and after left-hander Augie Sylk pitched a scoreless fifth, the Pickles bats came to life. Portland score five runs in their fifth, highlighted by Cooper’s 3-run home run to right field scoring Sam Novitske and Daniel Lopez, making it a 6- lead. It was Cooper’s third round-tripper of the season.
Zach Espinosa put out a fire in the seventh, relieving Sylk with the bases-loaded and two outs, closing the inning with a strikeout. Daniel Copeland calmly retired both hitters he faced in the eighth, and Barnum debuted on the mound in the ninth, working around some base runners to end the game. Yakima scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to account for their total.
Cooper led the way at the plate with a 1-for-2 night including the home run, adding three runs scored. Gio Diaz reached base in four of his five trips to the plate, tallying a single and a double and a run scored. Barnum went 2-for-3 with a sac fly and 3 RBI.
The Pickles improve to 8-2 on the season and have won each of their first four series as members of the West Coast League. They go for their first sweep on Thursday at 7:05pm vs Yakima Valley.
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