Pickles keep win streak alive
Portland 12, PORT ANGELES 1
The Pickles picked up their eighth West Coast League win in a row, taking a 5-0 lead with five runs in the second inning and never being threatened by the Lefties.
Portland got two-run home runs in the second from Brody Barnum (Washington State) and then Davis Delorefice (Orange Coast College).
Portland added two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Port Angeles got its run in the ninth.
The Pickles finished with 11 hits, while four pitchers combined on a four-hitter.
Starter Alex Roth (Western Oregon) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four in a three-inning effort. He improved to 3-0 this summer.
Michael Newstrom (WSU) then gave up three walks but no hits and fanned six over three innings.
Jace McKinney, Portland's leadoff batter from the University of Portland, went 3 for 4 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Daniel Lopez, another Pilots player on the Pickles roster, was 2 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs.
Barnum and Delorefice each had two hits.
Portland took a 2-0 lead in the three-game series, which concludes with a game at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Portland (18-6 in the WCL South Division second half, league-best 35-15 overall) then heads to Victoria (25-25 overall) for three games against the HarbourCats. The first is at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The Pickles are trying to duplicate their first-half division crown, and they pulled a half-game ahead of Corvallis on Saturday.
The Knights lost 4-3 at the Cowlitz Black Bears on Saturday night, but Corvallis (17-6 in the second half, 33-17 overall) already is assured of being Portland's divisional playoff opponent in the four-team WCL postseason.
Port Angeles is 21-32 for the season, 9-17 in the second half.