Offensive Outburst Fuels Pickles Game 3 Win

YAKIMA, Wash.- The series tie-breaking 3rd game of the series saw the Pickles bats outmatch the Pippins in an 11-8 win.

15 total hits for Portland paced the way, as the Pickles would hold their early lead from wire to wire.

5 hits would get things started in the top of the first, highlighted by a 3-run home run by Dalton Mashore. The Pickles would send 8 batters to the plate and led 4-0 by the time it was done.

Yakima Valley answered quickly in the bottom half when Liam McCallum continued his fantastic start to the season with a 2-RBI single to cut the lead in half.

Portland added another in the second on another RBI hit from Mashore and would explode for 4 more in the 4th to take a 9-2 lead.

Once again the Pippins battled from behind, answering with 4 in the bottom half on 2-RBI singles from Jackson Reed and Connor Coballes.

The 3-run deficit would be expanded 2 innings later when a 2-out, 2-RBI single from Keith Jones made it 11-6. 2-out success was a huge part of the win for Portland, who had 14 runners reach with 2-outs through the first 5 innings.

The Pippins left 4 stranded runners from the 5th to the 8th and their last chance came in the 9th. A double and a pair of walks had the bases loaded with nobody out.

David Morgan would kill the Pippins momentum with a huge 6-4-3 double play and only a pair of runs would cross in the 9th to cement an 11-8 Pippins loss.

After 14 games in 13 days, the Pippins enjoy an off day on Monday before hitting the road to take on Walla Walla this week.

By Zach McKinstry

June 26, 2022