Pickles fall in bottom of ninth
WENATCHEE 7, Portland 6
The host AppleSox snatched victory from the Pickles with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, completing a three-game sweep.
Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) had given Portland a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth with a one-out, two-run home run.
Wenatchee then drew two walks and, with two out, got the walk-off, two-run single from Connor Kiffer off reliever Jonathan Kelly (Xavier, ex-West Linn High), who pitched to the last two batters.
The loss fell to Trent Bixby (1-2) of UNLV, who allowed one run on three walks in 2.1 innings.
Pickles starter Brad McVay (University of Portland, ex-Milwaukie High) struggled, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk over 2.2 innings.
Manzardo's fourth home run of the summer wood-bat season capped his 3-for-5 night before the crowd of 699. He totaled three RBIs.
Wenatchee had 11 hits, and Portland had 10, with Chase Luttrell (Long Beach State) going 2 for 4, with a double.
Wenatchee led 3-0 after three innings. Portland got two runs in the fifth, but the AppleSox scored twice in the sixth. A two-run seventh pulled the Pickles to within 5-4.
Portland (8-7) fell 3.5 games behind the first-place Corvallis Knights (11-3) in the WCL South Division second-half race. The Cowlitz Black Bears (9-6) are second.
Wenatchee (12-6) leads the North in the second half by a half-game oer the Victoria HarbourCats (10-5).
The Pickles will be back home at Walker Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday to open a three-game series with the Walla Walla Sweets.
Portland will play three home exhibition games followed by games at Utah and at Denver.
The first game will be at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 against Denver.
Games in Moda Center will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 against Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and 5 p.m. Oct. 12 against Phoenix.
Portland will play at Utah at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and at Denver at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.
The preseason opener at Memorial Coliseum will kick off the Blazers' 50th season. The Oct. 12 game will include special activities for area youths.
Tickets for preseason games will be for sale starting Aug. 14 through trailblazers.com or by calling 844-747-2489.
Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella has been placed on the season-ending injury list after surgery to repair an anterior labrum tear in his right shoulder.
In 10 starts this season, Attinella was 1-7-2. He made 40 saves and was scored against 24 times as the Timbers struggled early in the season. Now in his third season with Portland, Attinella has played in 46 regular-season and eight career playoff games.
Portland has signed the players it selected in this summer's Canadian Hockey League import draft: Swiss right winger Simon Knak and Danish defenseman Jonas Brøndberg.
Both will be in Portland for the late-August training camp.
A 2002-born forward, Knak (6-0, 185 pounds) is rated as a potential first-round selection in the 202 NHL draft. He had 14 goals and 11 assists in 37 games last season in an under-20 league and was captain for Switzerland's under-18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup team.
A 2001-born defenseman, Brøndberg (6-4, 185) was the captain for Denmark's team that placed third at the Division 1 Group A World Junior Championship.
The Winterhawks released Michal Kvasnica prior to drafting Knak and Brøndberg.
The Neely Cup preseason tournament is Aug. 21-24 at Memorial Coliseum. The Winterhawks' first preseason games are in Everett Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The first regular-season games are at home Sept. 21-22.
David Edington, a recent Catlin Gabel High graduate, will be on the U.S. National Rowing Junior National team that will compete Aug. 7-11 in Tokyo, Japan.
Edington, 18, will begin rowing collegiately for Dartmouth this year. In Japan he will compete in pairs with a rower from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Edington competed for six years with Rose City Rowing Club and spent the last three years on the club's varsity team.
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