Pickles Sweep Pippins, win 5th straight
Portland, Ore. —
The Portland Pickles (9-2) swept the series with the Yakima Valley Pippins thanks to a 6-4 win Thursday at Walker Stadium in front of 1,377 faithful. The win is Portland’s fifth straight, clinches their first sweep of the year and gives them a 2.5-game lead in the South Division of the West Coast League.
The first inning saw fireworks, as soon-to-be UCLA freshman Michael Perez (Gahr HS,California) swatted a 2-run homer to left field in his first at-bat in a Pickles uniform. The blast came on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Carson Breshears.
Nick Sparks (Jr ‘19 - St Mary’s) went four innings in his first start of the season, allowing one run on two hits. The Pickles added to their 2-1 lead in the fourth as a Brody Barnum single scored Daniel Lopez, followed by a Noah Cardenas fielder’s choice that brought home Davis Delorefice and made it a 4-1 advantage.
Colby Wyatt (Jr ‘19 - Cornell) pitched the next four innings for the Pickles, allowing a lone run in the fifth. Portland answered with a run of their own in the bottom half, as Lopez scored Gio Diaz with a single. Jace McKinney reached on an error in the sixth that scored Barnum and made it 6-2.
Yakima Valley (6-6) pushed two runs across in the ninth, causing enough tension to bring closer Brad Bonnefant (Sr ‘19 - Nevada) into the game. Bonnefant got a strike out and two groundouts to earn his fourth save of the season, sealing a 6-4 victory.
Following the sweep the Pickles head to Bellingham, Washington for a three-game series at Joe Martin Stadium with the Bellingham Bells (7-5). Friday’s first pitch is at 6:35pm. You can catch the game on AM-860 The Answer or streaming on TheAnswerPortland.com and at PortlandPicklesBaseball.com. Follow the Pickles on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @PicklesBaseball.