Scoresheet: Portland Timbers score twice in 5 minutes to force draw
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Timbers 2, Nashville 2 — Portland (5-8-6) found itself down 2-0 in the second half at Nashville (7-6-5) following a 57th minute goal from Nashville's Hany Mukhtar. However, the Timbers found a way back thanks to a Dairon Asprilla PK in the 64th minute, following by an equalizing goal from Jaroslaw Niezgoda in the 69th minute.
Portland had plenty of chances, outshooting Nashville 16-13 and possessing the ball a little bit longer. The draw leaves Portland at 23 points and in 10th place in the Western Conference, only one point back of the LA Galaxy, Minnesota and Vancouver all tied for seventh with 24 points. Up next is a 1:30 p.m. kick time July 9 on the road at rival Seattle.
Tri-City 7, Hillsboro 5 — Hillsboro (34-39) dropped the series finale on the road to Tri-City (32-40) on Sunday following a three-run sixth inning for the Dust Devils. The Hops led 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth when Tri-City scored two runs and then followed it up with three more to go up 6-4. Jarrod Watkins had the offensive play of the night for the Hops, scoring three runs on a double in the first inning.
Seattle 2, Oakland 1 — Seattle (39-42) keeps inching toward .500 once more thanks to Julio Rodriguez and the Mariners' win over visiting Oakland (26-55) on Sunday. Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, his 14th of the year, and brought home the only other run in the sixth on a double to center field. Robbie Ray pitched well, allowing only four hits and one run in 6.2 innings of work with two walks and 12 strikeouts.
Portland 10, Victoria 3 — The Pickles (14-8) scored seven runs in the fifth to put away visiting Victoria (11-15) in the big 10-3 win Sunday. Eddie Saldivar Jr. provided the fireworks with a grand slam in the inning.
Atlanta Dream 90, Seattle Storm 76 — Seattle (13-8) couldn't overcome a big first quarter by Atlanta (10-11) that saw the Dream outscore the visiting Storm 32-18. Breanna Stewart led the way for Seattle with 19 points and five rebounds, but no one else on the Storm reached double digits in scoring.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
Hillsboro 3, Tri-City 2 — Hillsboro (34-38) took their fourth victory off of Tri-City (31-40) in five games with the win Saturday. The Hops scored all three runs in the second on a Channy Ortiz double, a Lyle Lin single and a Cam Coursey single. Marcos Tineo and Andrew Saalfrank did the heavy lifting on the mound, Tineo going 4.1 innings allowing the two runs on two hits with six strikeouts while Saalfrank went 2.2 innings with no hits allowed and four Ks.
Seattle 2, Oakland 1 — Seattle (38-42) walked off visiting Oakland (26-54) on an Abraham Toro single to center to score Marcus Wilson on Saturday. Justin Upton provided the one other run on a solo shot in the eighth after Seattle trailed 1-0 the entire game after the A's scored in the top of the first. George Kirby allowed only the one run on three hits in seven innings of work with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Portland 5, Victoria 2 — The Pickles (13-8) scored twice in the second and thrice in the fourth for all the runs they needed in the home win over Victoria. Matthew Decrona and Freddy Rodriguez both pitched four innings, Decrona allowing no runs on fourt hits and Rodriguez giving up two on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Grace wins LIV tournament — The LIV Golf tournament hosted by Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club wrapped up Saturday with South African Branden Grace taking home first place, shooting a 65 in Saturday's final round to finish at 13-under. Grace takes home $4 million for the win and earned another $1.5 million for the Stinger GC team taking second place.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
Timbers extend Van Rankin — Right back Josecarlos Van Rankin will finish the 2022 season with the Portland Timbers. The loan agreement between the Timbers and Mexican side Club Deportivo Guadalajara was to expire, but was extended through the end of this year.
The Timbers will have the option to purchase Van Rankin's contract at the end of the loan.
When available, Van Rankin has been the regular right back for Portland in this, his second season with the Timbers.
The Timbers have one available U22 Initiative roster slot available and could use it to bring in a young right back to challenge Pablo Bonilla and provide depth.
Rapinoe to be honored — Soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who starred at the University of Portland before becoming a regular with the U.S. Women's National Team, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden on July 7.
LIV golf — At 8-under-par, Dustin Johnson and Carlos Ortiz are tied for the lead of the LIV Golf event at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. Nine players are within four strokes of the lead entering Saturday's final round.
Hops 8, Dust Devils 1 — At Pasco, Washington, Fox Semons hit a grand slam for his first affiliated pro home run and Hillsboro had 14 hits in a win over Tri-City. Semons hit the seventh grand slam in club history with two outs in the second inning. Ryan Bliss followed with a solo homer to make it 5-0 Hops. All nine hitters in the Hillsboro starting lineup had at least one hit.
Pickles 2, HarborCats 1 — At Walker Stadium, four Portland pitchers combined for a three-hitter and single runs in the third and fourth innings were enough for the Pickles to beat Victoria in front of 3,177 fans. Luke Folsom started and went 5.1 innings for the win, followed by Oscar Lepe (1.2), Ryan Faulks (1.0, three strikeouts) and Levi Kiuchi in the ninth for the save.
A's 3, Mariners 1 — Seattle managed only four hits and lost to Oakland at home. A's pitcher James Kaprielian went six innings for his first win of the season. Marco Gonzales took the loss.
Blazers re-sign Nurkic, Eubanks — As expected, the Trail Blazers have re-signed free-agent center Jusuf Nurkic. According to reports from ESPN and The Athletic, Nurkic's agent said the deal is for four years and $70 million.
Nurkic, 27, came to Portland in a 2017 trade with Denver. He has averaged 14.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 2.8 assists and one steal since coming to Portland.
In 56 games last season, Nurkic averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds. He played only 45 games over the previous two seasons because of injuries.
Drew Eubanks, the 6-9 Reynolds High and Oregon State big man, will also re-sign on a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Also Friday, the Trail Blazers announced they have signed first-round draft pick Shaedon Sharpe. The 19-year-old 6-foot-6 guard is slated to play for the Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League. Terms of the deal were not announced, but the first-year pay for the No. 7 pick is around $5 million.
Winterhawks pick goalie — The Portland Winterhawks selected 18-year-old goalie Jan Spunar of Czechia in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Spunar was a the backup goalie for Czechia's team at the Under-18 World Championships in April.
Portland made only one pick because defenseman Marek Alscher, like Spunar an 18-year-old Czech player, will return to Portland for a second season.
Spunar, listed at 6-3, 185 pounds, was taken with the 58th pick in the draft. He was the 18th of 23 players selected by Western Hockey League teams in the draft that included the teams from the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
CHL teams are allowed to carry only two players from outside North America each season.
Timbers Moreno on Team of the Week — Portland Timbers midfielder Santiago Moreno is on the MLS Team of the Week for Week 17. Moreno scored twice in 97 seconds in the June 29 match against Houston and has three goals this season.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Tri-City 8, Hillsboro 2 — Despite only giving up five hits, Hillsboro (32-38) fell 8-2 to visiting Tri-City (31-38) on Thursday. Hops pitchers gave up 10 walks and hit two batters while the defense had one error, handing them the loss despite outhitting the Dust Devils 7-5.
Seattle 8, Oakland 6 — Seattle (37-41) held off a late Oakland (25-53) rally to take home the 8-6 win. Julio Rodriguez hit his 13th home run of the season in the third, followed by a two-run shot from Dylan Moore in the fourth. In the fifth after scoring one already, Cal Raleigh hit a triple to center field to clear the loaded the bases and Seattle didn't look back from there.
Portland 4, Ridgefield 3 — The Pickles scored two in the top of the ninth to sneak out a win on the road at Ridgefield. Dalton Mashore had a double to center field to score one, then later scored on a dropped third strike. Ridgefield scored one in the bottom of the ninth to pull within one but couldn't finish the job.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Mariners 9, Baltimore 3 — Julio Rodriguez homered and had three RBIs and Sam Haggerty had three hits, an RBI and run scored for Seattle (36-41) in the win at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners had 11 hits. Chris Flexen gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings.
Adley Rutschman went 0 for 4 for the Orioles (35-42). He was 2 for 12 with a homer and two RBIs in his first big-league games in the Pacific Northwest, after growing up in Oregon and starring at Oregon State.
Oakland is at Seattle for four games, June 30-July 3.
Thorns players — Portland Thorns forwards Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair will represent Canada and midfielder Rocky Rodriguez will play for Costa Rica in the Concacaf W Championship, July 4-18 in Mexico.
The tournament will determine berths for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Summer Olympics in France.
Simons offered — The Trail Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to guard Anfernee Simons, making him a restricted free agent. Terms of the deal were not released by the team.
By extending a qualifying offer to Simons, Portland obtains the "right of first refusal" on any offer sheet he may sign with another team.
Hops 3, Tri-City 2 — Hillsboro (32-37) picked up the road win. A.J. Vukovich had two hits, including a two-run triple in a three-run third inning. Jamison Hill and three relievers combined to scatter six hits; Osmy Gregorio had a triple and a homer for the Dust Devils.
Ridgefield 7, Pickles 3 — Kyle Russell hit a solo home run in the Portland (10-8) road loss. Jacob Sharp hit a homer and drove in three runs and Isaac Lovings also drove in three runs for the Raptors.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
Thorns sign replacement players — The Portland Thorns signed three players as National Team replacement players. Midfielder Katy Byrne, defender Cheyenne Shorts and forward Jada Talley are the three coming to Portland.
Byrne played four seasons at Pepperdine before joining Portland as a NTR player in 2019 season and the start of 2020. Shorts is coming over at the end of her season with Celtic FC Women in the Scottish Women's Premier League. She was picked No. 21 overall by Orlando in 2020 NWSL draft out of the University of Denver and is another Colorado connection to the Thorns roster.
Talley recently played with the Kansas City Current as a COVID replacement player back on May 21. She played at Arizona and USC during her collegiate career and was the No. 31 pick in the 2022 NWSL draft by Orlando.
Hillsboro 8, Tri-City 4 — Hillsboro (31-37) scored seven runs in the final three frames to open up its six-game set at Tri-City (30-37) Tuesday. After the Dust Devils went up 4-1 after the third, led by Caleb Roberts hitting an RBI triple in the seventh, followed by a two-RBI double in the eighth.
Raptors 8, Pickles 7 — Despite an eighth-inning rally, the Portland Pickles (10-7) got walked-off by Ridgefield (13-8) on Tuesday. Jacob Jablonski went 3 for 4 with four RBI to lead the effort for Portland.
Seattle 2, Baltimore 0 — Seattle's (35-41) pitching staff dominated as it held visiting Baltimore (35-41) to only one hit in the shutout Tuesday. Robbie Ray went seven innings, allowing the one hit along with three walks and eight strikeouts. Diego Castillo and Paul Sewald closed out the last two innings with no runners allowed and three combined Ks. Orioles DH Adley Rutschman, from Sherwood, went 0 for 3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
Rutschman stars — In his first game in the Pacific Northwest, former Oregon State standout Adley Rutschman had a great day for the Baltimore Orioles.
Rutschman had an RBI single in his first at-bat and homered in his second as the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 at T-Mobile Park.
Baltimore (34-40) hit five home runs. Cal Raleigh hit his 10th home run for the Mariners (34-41), one of the team's three hits.
Several of Rutschman's family and friends were in attendance, including his grandfather Ad Rutschman, the former great Linfield College football coach.
The teams also play Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 12 individuals were suspended for Sunday's Los Angeles Angels-Mariners fight. Seattle outfielder Jesse Winker received a seven-day ban and shortstop J.P. Crawford five games.
Mariners trade — The Mariners have acquired first baseman Carlos Santana, as well as cash considerations, while sending pitchers Wyatt Mills and William Fleming to the Kansas City Royals.
Santana, 36, was hitting .216 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He's a 13-year big league veteran. He had been designed for assignment before being acquired.
The Mariners needed some help with Ty France on the injured list, joining the ranks of Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis.
Santana actually was a member of the Mariners, briefly, in the 2019 offseason when acquired along with Crawford from Philadelphia for Jean Segura, but the Mariners then sent him to Cleveland.
Pro baseball — The Mariners are at home against OSU grad Adley Rutschman and the Baltimore Orioles, Monday through Wednesday. So, there'll likely be a big contingent of OSU and Rutschman fans at T-Mobile Park.
Oakland is at Seattle for four games, June 30-July 3. The Mariners go to San Diego for games July 4-5.
• The Hillsboro Hops play a series at Tri-City through July 3. They open a six-game homestand against Eugene with a special 7:05 p.m. game Monday, July 4. They are off July 5 before resuming the Eugene series on July 6 at Ron Tonkin Field.
LIV Golf — From LIV Golf, which will put on its first United States tournament this week at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains:
Rising star Matthew Wolff, world ranked no. 2 amateur Eugenio Chacarra and international standout Carlos Ortiz are officially joining LIV Golf and will make their debuts in Portland. The field is now set for the LIV Golf Invitational Portland, LIV Golf's second event of the season taking place June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon.
Thorns' Smith honored — Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith was named the NWSL player of the month and midfielder Sam Coffey was named rookie of the month, both for June.
Goalkeeper Bella Bixby and defender Natalia Kuikka joined them on the NWSL Best XI for June.
Smith notched five of her eight goals in June. Coffey recorded her first career assist in the month of June, setting up Christine Sinclair in Portland's road draw against San Diego.
Timbers honors — Forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda and defender Bill Tuiloma have been named to the MLS Team of the Week for week 16.
Niezgoda registered a brace (two goals) in the 3-0 win over Colorado and Tuiloma tallied his first assist.
Portland plays host to Houston Dynamo FC on Wednesday.
Hjerpe honored — Oregon State pitcher Cooper Hjerpe has been named the National Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. It's the third organization, along with College Baseball Foundation and Perfect Game, to name Hjerpe the top collegiate pitcher of 2022.
He went 11-2 with a 2.53 ERA.
Meanwhile, Hjerpe and outfielder Jacob Melton added to their postseason accolades, being named first-team All-Americans by Baseball America.
T2 falls at home — On Sunday at Hillsboro Stadium, Colorado Rapids 2 beat Portland Timbers 2 by a 4-2 score in MMLS NEXT Pro League play. Timbers first-team players Marvin Loria and Zac McGraw scored first-half goals as T2 took a 2-0 lead. But Colorado converted a penalty just before halftime and tallied three second-half goal. Portland's developmental team is 1-9-2 (seven points). T2 next plays on Friday, July 1 at Real Monarchs in Sandy, Utah.
Pickles this week — Portland plays a series at Ridgefield, north of Vancouver, this week, concluding with games at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30, then the Pickles are back at Walker Stadium in Lents Park against July 1-9. The homestand starts July 1-3 against Victoria and is highlighted by a July 4 doubleheader against Corvallis (1:15 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., make-up games). Cowlitz visits Lents Park July 5-7.
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