Portland, OR -- The Medford Rogues knew leading into Wednesday's series finale that the Pickles were short on available pitchers, and their offense took full advantage to cruise to a 12-4 win.
Medford (25-9) pounced on Portland starting pitcher Mike Gagliardi for five runs in the first two innings of the game to build an early 5-3 lead. Pickles Manager Jeff Lahti said before the game that he planned for Gagliardi, a sophomore right-hander from Army West Point, to pitch into the fifth inning, but pulled him after the frame in favor of right-hander Andrew Eppenbach.
Medford, which has a four-game lead on the Lincoln Potters for first place in the Great West League, extended its lead against Eppenbach, tagging the sophomore from Orange Coast College for four runs over three innings of work.
Trailing 9-3 entering the sixth inning, Lahti turned to redshirt freshman left-hander Matt Olstead, who pitched in relief during Tuesday's exhibition win over the Perth Colts of Australia. After Olstead worked a scoreless sixth inning, the Rogues added three insurance runs to their lead in the seventh and seal the final margin of victory.
The defeat marked the Pickles' (14-19) fifth in their last six games. Gagliardi (0-2) took the loss for Portland while Rogues starter Cole Percival (2-0), the son of former MLB All-Star closer Troy Percival, earned the win after working around three first-inning runs to pitch into the sixth inning and leave with a 9-4 lead. Junior catcher Tate Budnick led the Pickles' offense with a two-RBI double in the first inning to go with a pair of walks. The Rogues were paced offensively by freshman catcher Alex Isola and junior infielder Johnny DeLaCruz, who combined for seven RBI's out of the fourth and fifth spots in Medford's batting order.