After dropping the series opener to the Port Angeles Lefties on Friday night at home, 4-1, the Pippins return to action tonight and continue their series against the Lefties with a 6:35 PM first pitch. In a rematch of a rain-cancelled pitching matchup from last month in Port Angeles, right-hander Joe Magrisi will pitch for the Pippins against Lefties righty Tyler Tan. Pregame coverage begins at 6:20 PM at pippinsbaseball.com/live, with Miles Klotz on the call.
PIPPINS FALL TO PORT ANGELES IN WILD SERIES OPENER: The Pippins dropped the first game of their weekend series to the Port Angeles Lefties, 4-1, on Friday night at Yakima County Stadium, in a game in which both managers were ejected. The Pippins could never generate enough offense, scoring their only run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and got three of their five hits on the night from center fielder Luke Schwartz. Ryan Jameson, the Pippins’ starter, was not bad, allowing just one earned run in five innings, but the duo of righties Nate Weeldreyer (3 scoreless innings) and Michael Buchanan (4 scoreless innings) for Port Angeles stymied the Pippins offense all night long. Port Angeles used 2-run innings in both the fourth and sixth innings to jump ahead early, and never trailed in the opener.
FOR THE PIPPINS: Right-hander Joe Magrisi will make his fifth start of the season for the Pippins on Saturday. The sophomore right-hander out of Cal State Fullerton only went 4.2 innings deep in his last start at Portland, in part due to his six walks, but did not allow a run and allowed just one hit in the outing while striking out a season-high 12 batters. On the season, Magrisi is 2nd in the West Coast League with his 42 strikeouts in just 21.2 innings of work, while his record stands at 1-0. Magrisi has posted a 0.83 ERA and allowed opponents to hit .099 off of him.
FOR THE PICKLES: Right-hander Tyler Tan will make his fourth start of the summer for the Lefties on Saturday in Yakima. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound native of Kent, Washington, played under Lefties head coach Darren Westergard at Skagit Valley College this past spring. In 3 starts this year, Tan has a 1-0 record and 2.36 ERA, striking out 11 batters and walking 7 in 19 innings of work. Tan was the starting pitcher in the game in Port Angeles on June 25 that was cancelled after 4-plus innings due to rain. In that outing, he lasted just 1.1 innings, as the Pippins pounded him for 8 runs (7 earned) on six hits and a walk.
LONG ONES: Friday’s series opener lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes, marking the fourth consecutive league game that has gone at least 2:50. On the season, it was the Pippins’ 9th game that went at least 3 hours long in league play – 7 of which have came in the past month of the season. Yakima Valley has played 14 games that have gone at least 2 hours and 45 minutes long.
HOMER DROUGHT: It has been over three weeks since the Pippins last hit a home run in any competition, with the last coming from Henry Gargus on June 20 at home. The Pippins’ 5 homers on the year in WCL play are the fewest of any team in the league, with every other team having at least 10 homers on the season. The Pippins are also last in the league in doubles (32), and tied for last in triples (2) on the season.
A LOT OF DUDES: With the West Coast League debuts of brothers Tyler and Kyle Dean for the Pippins on Friday in the series opener against Port Angeles, the Pippins have now had 45 different players suit up for a game this season through just 30 games. When left-handed pitcher Anthony Alvarado makes his debut, it will bring the total up to 46. A litany of injures has led to larger-than-expected roster turnover early in the season.
ODDS & ENDS: The Pippins have lost each of their three games this season against the Lefties after winning 8 of their first 9 against the Port Angeles franchise…Friday’s loss was the Pippins’ 11th time this season scoring 2 or fewer runs, and their 9th time scoring one run or fewer (including the third time in the last three games)…infielder Aidan Welch went 0-for-4, snapping a 9-game on-base streak.