Self-inflicted wounds and a three-run homer in the top of the sixth sunk the Pickles against the Gold Sox, as the team dropped its fifth consecutive ballgame in an 8-3 loss.
Tied 2-2 with two outs in the top of the third, a throwing error to first base from catcher Tate Budnick of a comebacker to the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the top of the third allowed two runs to cross the plate for Marysville and put them ahead for good. Leading 4-2, the Gold Sox (14-22) added another run off an errant pickoff attempt to first base from Pickles’ starting pitcher Max Jones in the top of the fifth to up their lead to three runs.
Jones, a junior left-hander from Hamilton College, was relieved in the sixth inning by sophomore Andrew Eppenbach. The right-hander from Orange Coast College surrendered a three-run homer with two outs in the frame to Gold Sox shortstop Jason Dicochea to increase Marysville’s lead to five. Dicochea accounted for five of the Gold Sox’ six RBI’s in the game.
A one-out double from first baseman Koty Fallon plated pinch hitter Matt Starcovic in the bottom of the eighth inning to bring the Pickles (14-21) within five runs of Marysville, but the team was retired in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Jones took the loss in his seventh start of the year and moves to 2-2 on the season. The Pickles committed three errors in the game and struck out nine times at the plate. Fallon led Portland with two RBI’s while left fielder Zander Clarke added the Pickles’ third with a single in the bottom of the second.
The victory ensured a series win for the Gold Sox and moves them within a half game of the Pickles for the fourth spot in the GWL standings. Portland and Marysville conclude their three-game series at 5:05 p.m. tomorrow at Walker Stadium and coverage will start at 7:00. The game can be heard on Sunny 1550 and will stream on picklesbaseball.com.