Pickles win ninth in a row in WCL
Portland 5, PORT ANGELES 4 (11 innings)
It took extra innings, but the Pickles preserved their West Coast League win streak and completed a three-game sweep of the Lefties on Sunday afternoon.
Portland has won nine WCL games in a row (and 12 overall, counting a three-game sweep of the nonleague Gresham Greywolves).
Brody Barnum, a two-way player from Washington State, made a big impact in Sunday's series finale, especially in the final inning.
The Pickles loaded the bases in the 11th on a leadoff single by Sam Novitske (University of Oregon, a groundout, an intentional walk to Jack Murphy (Saint Mary's) and a hit-by-pitch of Mike Perez (UCLA).
A fielder's choice by Barnum (Washingto State) scored Novitske.
Barnum then earned his first save of the summer, striking out the side in the bottom of the 11th.
Port Angeles got the game's first runs, scoring three times in the first inning.
Portland pulled even in the second. Barnum's single scored Perez, and then Barnum and Noah Cardenas (UCLA) scored on a single by Daniel Lopez (University of Portland).
Each team scored once in the eighth. Cardenas homered for Portland.
The Pickles finished with 14 hits to eight for the Lefties.
Portland used eight pitchers, with starter Brad McVay (UP, ex-Milwauke High) going four innings and Connor Pellerin (Tulane) working the next eight.
The win went to Augie Sylk (USC, 3-1) who allowed one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in the 10th.
Cardenas and Perez each had three hits on Sunday, while Barnum, Novitske and Lopez had two apiece.
The Pickles will be in Victoria on Monday through Wednesday for three games, all starting at 6:30 p.m.
That will conclude the regular season.
Portland, which won the WCL South Division first-half title and is battling for first place in the second half as well, will face the Corvallis Knights to open the four-team league playoffs.
The Pickles are 36-15 overall this year, the best record in the WCL.
Port Angeles fell to 21-33.