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Portland pitching allows only two hits, but Bellingham Bells pull out victory, series

A walk-off home run from Bellingham Bells third baseman Troy Viola (San Jose State, Bend, OR) cost the Portland Pickles the game and the series, with Bellingham winning at Joe Martin Field 2-1 on Sunday.

The Pickles led most of the game, with second baseman Everett Lau (Auburn) hitting an RBI single in the fourth inning for the first run. One run wasn't enough to fend off the Bells.

Portland (9-14) are fifth in the West Coast League South Division, 1.5 games behind the Bend Elks (9-11).

Bellingham (14-7) remained one game behind the Victoria HarbourCats (15-7) in the North.

The Pickles pitched well, giving up only two hits. Starter Michael Perzan (Grand Canyon University) allowed only one hit in six innings, striking out six. Zane Mills (0-1, Washington State, ex-Lincoln High) had one bad pitch that led to the big home run with two outs left, giving Bellingham the victory. It was the only hit Mills gave up, with three strikeouts but two errors.

The Pickles now travel to Corvallis to take on the Knights at Goss Stadium. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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