Pickles make it two straight
The Portland Pickles made it two in a row over the host Yuba City Bears, winning 4-3 on Saturday night.
Starter Josh Hendrickson and closer Dustin Redish were keys for the Pickles.
Hendrickson, a 6-5 left-hander from Australia, got his ninth start of the summer wood-bat season. He allowed two runs in six innings.
Hendrickson (6-1, a league high for wins) gave up eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven.
In 55 2/3 innings for the Pickles, he's walked 26 batters and struck out 71.
The Pickles got two runs in the first inning. All with two out: Zander Clarke walked, Matt Hardy singled, Matt Starcovic singled home Clarke, and Koty Fallon singled in Hardy.
Hendrickson gave up a leadoff home run to Kaelan Crisosto in the second inning, and the Bears added a run off two hits in the third to get to tie the score.
But the Pickles, who scored six runs in the sixth on Friday and went on to win, on Saturday got Clarke and Hardy across the plate in the sixth. Both walked and moved up on a ground out. They scored on a single by Fallon.
Zach Johnson, a former Grant High General, took over for Hendrickson to start the bottom of the seventh, and Crisosto jumped on him for a leadoff homer that cut the home team's deficit to 4-3.
Portland closer Dustin Redish got the call to start the eighth, and he allowed only a two-out single in that frame.
In the ninth, Redish retired the first batter on a big catch in center field by Alec Leighton.
Redish then had to face Crisosto, who got ahead in the count but struck out.
The next Bear, Dominic Diana, also struck out swinging.
Portland and Yuba City will conclude their three-game set at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Pickles are looking for their first series sweep of the season.