Pippins Explode for 13 Runs, Avoid Sweep in Portland

PORTLAND, Oregon — Yakima Valley used a 10-spot in the second inning en route to a 13-6 victory over the Portland Pickles on Thursday, avoiding a road sweep by capturing game three of the series.

The Pippins sent a season-high 14 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring the 10 runs on just two hits. But they also took advantage of the free pass, getting hit by four pitches and walking another four times in that inning alone.

The two hits were as clutch as they could be. With two outs and the bases loaded, Tommy Eisenstat looped a pitch into right for a two-RBI single to extend the lead to 6-0. Three batters later and the bases loaded once again, second-year Pippin Spencer Shipman had perhaps his biggest hit of the year, a bases-clearing double that gave the Pippins a commanding 9-0 lead.

Yakima Valley drew a season high 15 free bags in the blowout victory, including eight walks. Every Pippin that came to the plate reached base safely at least twice in the win.

Jace Phelan, after being walked and hit by a pitch twice, absolutely demolished his fifth home run of the West Coast League campaign. The two-run shot gave the Pippins a 13-2 lead. Phelan ended the game going 1 for 2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch twice.

Ethan Salscheider got a much-deserved first victory of the season. The Hawaii-Hilo southpaw has pitched well all year, but hasn’t gotten the run support for a victory. That was no problem Thursday. He finished tossing five strong innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. The lefty had four strikeouts.

The Pippins are back in action at The Orchard for a weekend set with the Springfield Drifters starting at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

By Logan Peter

July 21, 2023