Walla Walla, Wash. —
Say goodbye to the losing streak.
After dropping four straight West Coast League games each by a single run, the Pickles earned a 4-1 win Saturday night over the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium. The win keeps Portland within one game of Corvallis at the top of the West Coast League South, and a half-game ahead of the Sweets for second in the division.
Leading 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the home Sweets threatened with a rally of three straight hits to make it a 4-1 game. The tying run came to the plate with runners on the corners, but closer Brad Bonnefant shut the door with two strikeouts and a groundout to end the game and seal victory.
Brad McVay (W 3-0) pitched outstanding relief, going four innings of hitless, scoreless baseball from the fifth through the eighth. Damon Treadwell started the game pitching three innings without a run, and Leo Nierenberg cruised through the fourth with a couple strikeouts to bridge the gap to McVay.
Offensively, Portland’s two-out rally in the sixth proved crucial. Leading 2-0, the frame started with two outs and nobody on. Joey Cooper walked, and Mikey Perez squared up a fastball, lacing it deep to left for a double. Gabe Skoro was next, and the Portland native grounded a ball inside the bag at third and down the line, scoring two and extending the lead to 4-0.
The Pickles had an early lead in the second inning after Perez reached on an infield single with one out. Skoro followed with a bunt attempt that was thrown away by the catcher and traveled all the way down the right field line. Perez scored all the way from first, and Skoro ended up at third base. Noah Cardenas came up with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Skoro and making it 2-0.
The Pickles (10-6) have a chance to win the series on Sunday afternoon, first pitch at 4:35pm. Hear the action on AM 860 The Answer, or online via the Listen Live tab on PortlandPicklesBaseball.com.