Pickles shut out Gresham, 7-0
Portland, Ore. — Two home runs and a stellar team pitching performance paced the Pickles to a 7-0 win Wednesday night at Walker Stadium on Portland Baseball History Night.
The home team sported the 70’s uniforms of the Portland Mavericks, whose eccentric characters, famed ownership and high quality play took Rose City baseball fans by storm.
The look paid off, as the Pickles were dominant on the hill. Five pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout; both knocks were doubles. Alex Roth started in his first action since the season opener, striking out four in two innings. Colby Wyatt (W 2-0) followed with two more scoreless innings, Brody Barnum went the fifth and sixth, and Nick Sparks showed electric stuff in the seventh and eighth. Adam Davenport from University of Washington debuted in the ninth and shut the door by striking out the side.
Daniel Lopez and Jordan Mambaje each connected for solo homers in the second and fourth innings, respectively. It was the first homer of the summer for each, and Mambaje’s first hit as a Pickle. Mikey Perez hit a two-run single later in the game, and has four RBI on two base hits with the team this year. Jake Berry scored a run making an exceptional slide at home plate while Sam Novitske was caught in a rundown, and Zander Clarke brought home another run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Novitske later added an RBI single to left.
The win clinches the non-league series for Portland, who improves to 11-5 overall (9-5 West Coast League). The series with the Greywolves concludes Thursday at 7:05pm from Walker Stadium, before WCL play resumes Friday with a three-game series at Walla Walla.
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