CORVALLIS 4, Portland 3
The Pickles overcame a bus malfunction on their way to Goss Stadium that left them stranded on Interstate-5 only to lose to the Corvallis Knights.
Corvallis' eighth win in a row lifted its West Coast League second-half record to 9-1, good for a two-game lead over the Cowlitz Black Bears (8-4) and 2.5-game edge on the Pickles (7-4).
Leading 3-2 going into the sixth innings, things looked good for Portland until Corvallis third baseman Andy Alwood (Texas Rio Grande Valley) scored on a stolen base and right fielder Nick Yovetich (University of San Francisco) hit an RBI single that gave the Knights all they needed to win.
Knights right-hander Eric Hill (Linn Benton Community College, 1-0) gave up no hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings, with William Kempner (Gonzaga) earning the save.
Portland's Justin Kelly (University of Utah, 0-1) allowed the two runs in the sixth.
The Pickles got things started in the second with a solo shot from catcher Thomas Rudinsky (Lane CC, ex-Lincoln High).
Corvallis answered with a home run from their catcher Tristan King (Texas Rio Grande Valley and Perth, Australia) to make the score 1-1 through three innings.
Pickles first baseman Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) brought in two runs with a single in the top of the fifth.
The series finale goes back to Walker Stadium, with first pitch at 7 p.m. Friday.
Portland's preseason Neely Cup tournament will take place Aug. 21-24 at Memorial Coliseum.
Tickets are $5 per day or $15 for all four days and are now for sale.
Two scrimmages will be played each day. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the games are at 3 and 5 p.m. On Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, games are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Aug. 24 games are at 3 and 5 p.m.
Fans can meet and interact with players during the free Toyota Hockey Fan Fest that follows the Aug. 24 championship game from about 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the concourse at Memorial Coliseum.
• Portland traded 19-year-old forward Haydn Delorme to Regina for a conditional 2021 bantam draft pick. As a rookie, Delorme had one goal and three assists in 31 games last season.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bowerman Track Club's Lopez Lomong, a two-time Olympian, won the men's 10,000 meters on Day 1 of the U.S. outdoor championships at Des Moines, Iowa.
Lomong, who lives in Beaverton, set a Drake Stadium record with his PR of 27 minutes, 30.06 seconds.
Shadrack Kipchirchir was second in 27:47.71.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Rookie Norman Xiong out of the University of Oregon was tied for 106th at par 72 after the opening round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Springfield, Missouri.
Co-leaders Grant Hirschman and Conrad Shindler shot 63.
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