Portland, OR---The Portland Pickles came back down to earth Saturday night at Walker Stadium. They lost the middle game of a three game series to the Chico Heat 7-4, one night after an 8-7 come-from-behind walk-off victory. Portland had three errors defensively, including two in the fourth inning, in which Chico scored three runs on two separate errors and a sacrifice fly from Jake Davidson.
Garrett Myers had a terrific Pickles debut, hitting a home run in his first at bat and an RBI single in his second at bat. Bobby Kinne also had an RBI single for the Pickles in the seventh inning.
Marcus Wilhite his his first home run of the year for the Heat in the seventh inning, and Kade Clowward hit an RBI single for them in the second inning.
Pickles starting pitcher Russel Grant II (0-2) took the loss, allowing five runs, two of which were earned, in 3.1 innings. Jack Gordon gave the Pickles three solid innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits and striking out four.
Chico starter Justin Watland (2-0) earned the win, going five innings and striking out nine, allowing three runs. Samson Abernathy earned the seven out save for the Heat, his first of the season.
The Pickles (5-6) host the Heat (7-4) again tomorrow night at Walker Stadium at 5:05 in the series finale and final game of a six game homestand. The game can be heard on Sunny 1550, and streaming live on portlandpicklesbaseball.com, with coverage starting at 5:00. Tickets for the game are available at portlandpicklesbaseball.com or by calling the Pickles office at 503-775-3080.