Longball Carries Pippins to Series Win Over Victoria

VICTORIA, BC- After a 3 homer night last night, the Pippins saw 2 more homers leave the yard in a 10-4 win over the HarbourCats.

This pushes the Pippins win streak up to 7 games, and moves the second half record to 8-3.

It started with a great start from Michael Splaine. The crafty lefty tossed 5 scoreless innings for the Pippins while picking up 5 K’s and not walking a batter.

Offensively, Yakima Valley jumped on the board early, with 2 walks, an error, and a Connor Coballes single, which extended his hit streak to 14 games.

After one inning, the Pippins led 2-0. With Splaine holding serve, the Pippins would add to their lead in the 4th with the first home run of the year by Jake Borst.

4 more crossed in the 5th when Tyler Griggs tallied his 2nd home run of the season and Jackson Reed roped a 2-RBI double into the gap. The bottom of the 6th would start with a 8-0 Pippins lead.

Victoria got one back in the 6th with an RBI single from the league leader in batting average Roberto Gonzalez and added a few more with an RBI triple and groundout in the 7th.

Henry Gargus and Jackson Reed would answer in the 8th as each had an RBI single. Reed is now 7-9 with 6 RBI’s, 3 runs, and 3 stolen bases in 2 games this series.

Julian Taudin-Chabot tossed a 1-2-3 8th, and Spencer Shipman finished out the 9th sealing a victory in the 10-4 win.

The Pippins have now won 5 of their last 6 series and 7 in a row to sit in 2nd place in the South Division second half standings.

Their chance at a sweep starts with an early 1:05pm start on Sunday in Victoria.

By Zach McKinstry

July 17, 2022