Pickles win at Chico
The Portland Pickles pounded out 15 hits on Sunday in an 11-6 win over the Chico Heat on a hot night in northern California.
Portland improved to 8-10 in the Great Northwest League and took two of three from the Heat (11-7).
Up next for the Pickles is a six-game home stand beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, playing host to the Yuba Bears at Walker Stadium in Lents Park.
The Pickles scored four times in the top of the ninth inning after the Heat pulled within one in the bottom of the eighth. Portland had three hits and took advantage of three Chico errors in that inning.
Zander Clark went 3 for 4 including a home run and scored four runs for the Pickles. Aidan Malm went 3 for 5 and Thomas Rudinsky and Renner Stecki each went 2 for 3.
Pickles starting pitcher Matt Hardy allowed one run over five innings for the win. He scattered five hits, struck out four and walked two.
Gametime temperature was 108 degrees.
In the first, Joey Cooper singled and scored on a Malm single.
In the second, Clark hit a leadoff single and came around to score on a wild pitch.
In the fourth Clark hit a solo home run.
In the fifth, Rudinsky hit a leadoff double and scored on a two-out single by Cooper.
In the sixth, Clark singled and scored on a Stecki base hit and Bobby Kinne reached on an error and came home when Alec Leighton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the seventh, Malm hit a one-out single and scored on a Kinne base hit.
The Heat pulled within one with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. But Pickles pitcher Jacob Albee got a strikeout and a groundout with runners at second and third to end that rally.