Scoresheet: Pickles win final regular-season game, playoffs next
SUNDAY, AUG. 7
Pickles 8, Drifters 2 — A seven-run third inning was the difference as Portland completed the regular season by beating Springfield at Walker Stadium.
Kyle Russell and Keith Jones II hit home runs among six Pickles hits in the third inning.
The Pickles (who finished second in the South Division at 36-16) open the West Coast League playoffs at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgefield. Game 2 of that best-of-3 series is 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Stadium. Game 3, if needed, would be Thursday at Walker Stadium.
The winner of that series will play one game on Saturday, Aug. 13 for the South Division title. If Portland advances, that game will be either at Corvallis or at home against Yakima Valley. The two division winners meet for one game on Monday, Aug. 15 for the WCL title.
Mariners 6, Angels 3 — Jesse Winker hit a third-inning grand slam to help Seattle beat visiting Los Angeles and stay third in the AL Wild Card standings.
Marco Gonzales struck out seven and Eugenio Suarez had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners (59-51).
After splitting a four-game set with the Angels, Seattle welcomes the Yankees to T-Mobile Park Monday through Wednesday.
Hops 14, AquaSox 11 — At Everett, Sunday was a day for the hitters as Hillsboro won a slugfest, outhitting Everett 16-11.
Jordan Lawlar was 4 for 6 with a home run and double, knocking in four runs and scoring three.
Deyvison De Los Santos homered, knocked in three runs and scored two.
Gary Mattis was 3 for 5 with a home run, double and two runs scored and Ramses Malave 2 for 4 with three runs.
Storm honor Sue Bird — A crowd of 18,100 at Climate Pledge Arena saluted Sue Bird before the final regular-season home game of her 19-season WNBA career.
The Las Vegas Aces won the game, 89-81 in a key game for playoff positioning as both teams battle to earn a top-four seed. Bird finished with nine points, six assists and four rebounds. Breanna Stewart had 35 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle.
Timbers2 draw with North Texas — At Hillsboro Stadium, Selmir Miscic and Ismalia Jome scored second-half goals (each assisting on the other's goal) as Portland rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie North Texas 2-2 in MLS NEXT Pro soccer action. T2 then took the extra point in the standings with a 7-6 shootout win.
Dawson McCartney, Carlos Vivas, Jamin Gogo Peters, Julian Bravo, Miscic, Justin Rasmussen and Jome converted their kicks from the spot.
SATURDAY, AUG. 6
Ionescu more history — Former Oregon women's basketball player Sabrina Ionescu continues to make waves in the WNBA. Saturday night, she became the first player in WNBA history to record 500+ points, 200+ rebounds and 200+ assists in a single season as she recorded 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Her New York Liberty squad is 13-19 this season and is in a battle with plenty of other teams to try and grab three of the open playoff spots remaining. The regular season ends on Aug. 14.
Mariners split doubleheader — Seattle (58-51) took the early matchup with visiting the visiting Los Angeles Angels (46-62) 2-1 despite getting out hit 7-4. The two runs came via a Ty France two-run shot in the third inning. Starter George Kirby scattered six hits across six innings with one earned run and eight strikeouts. The three pitchers out of the bullpen only gave up on more hit in the final three frames.
Game two saw more of the same lack of offense for the Mariners, and not the same level of pitching, falling 7-1. Seattle's lone run came on a solo home run by Luis Torrens in the fifth inning while Reid Detmers was strong on the bump for LA, going seven innings with six hits, one earned run, seven strikeouts and only one walk.
Hillsboro 13, Everett 2 — Hillsboro (44-55) teed off on Everett (48-52) for the Hops fourth consecutive win, all coming against the AquaSox this week. Every Hops batter had at least one hit as they racked up 18 on the night. Neyfy Castillo had a two-run HR in the fifth and a RBI single in the sixth to finish the night with a team-high three RBI. Scott Randall went six innings and gave up only three hits.
Portland 10, Springfield 6 — The Pickles (35-16) won their second to last game of the regular season behind 13 hits and five-run fourth inning. Evan Cloyd had three RBI on a fielder's choice in the fourth and then a two RBI single in the fifth. The final game of the regular season is Sunday against Springfield.
FRIDAY, AUG. 5
Angels 4, Mariners 3 — After rallying with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, Seattle (57-50) fell in 10 to visiting Los Angeles (45-61). Taylor Ward hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run in the top of the 10th. Robbie Ray allowed one run and struck out 10 in a strong seven innings for Seattle. The mariners strung together three hits in the ninth after managing three hits over the first eight innings.
Hops 9, AquaSox 4 — Jordan Lawlar's three-run home run highlighted a six-run first inning as Hillsboro won at Everett.
Pickles 12, Drifters 5— Kyler Stancato went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, two runs and a stolen base in Portland's win over Springfield at Walker Stadium.
Oregon men's basketball — Dana Altman has hired Armon Gates as an assistant coach, Brian Fish as executive director and Cliff Spiller as director of strength and conditioning. Gates was an assistant coach at Nebraska the past four seasons. Fish was the director of player development at Georgia 2019-22. Spiller was the assistant strength and conditioning coach last season for the NBA's Utah Jazz.
PSU women's basketball — The Portland State women's basketball team completed its roster ahead of the 2022-23 season with the addition of Century "Cinco" McCartney, a 5-11 small forward who spent the past three seasons at Northeastern University.
THURSDAY, AUG. 4
Hillsboro 6, Everett 2 — Hillsboro (42-55) got some help from the Everett (48-50) pitching staff in the win Thursday. The Hops scored two runs each in the first and second inning, one coming on a wild pitch and two more on a Ryan Bliss home run. Two more came in the fifth on an error and a passed ball.
Portland 13, Cowlitz 8 — The Pickles (33-16) are into the playoffs and keep winning with a 19-hit performance Thursday on the road at Cowlitz (23-27). Keith Jones II had four RBI, including a three-RBI single in the fifth when Portland scored five in the frame.
TUESDAY, AUG. 2
Seattle 7, Yankees 3 — The Mariners (57-49), who took two of the three games in New York, jumped on Gerrit Cole for six runs in the first inning.
Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer, Jarred Kelenic a two-shot shot and Carlos Santana a solo home run.
Later, Jesse Winker added a solo homer.
Luis Castillo, acquired from Cincinnati earlier in the week, made his Seattle debut and gave up five hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
The Yankees fell to 70-36.
Seattle returns to T-Mobile Park for games against the Los Angeles Angels (Aug. 5-7) and Yankees (Aug. 8-10).
Pickles in playoffs — The Portland Pickles have made the West Coast League playoffs.
They'll play in the playoffs next week, Aug. 8-10, in a best-of-three South Division series with Ridgefield. Bend and Corvallis play in the other series.
The Pickles are playing at Cowlitz through Thursday, and then close the regular season against Springfield at Walker Stadium, Aug. 5-7.
Pickles 6, Cowlitz 4 — Portland (32-16) won the road game as Kyle Russell homered and the Pickles scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead.
Hops 6, Everett 5 — A.J. Vukovich hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Ramses Malave later hit a solo shot for Hillsboro (41-55).
Dariel Gomez and Justin Lavey homered for the AquaSox (48-49)
TUESDAY, AUG. 2
Seattle 8, NY Yankees 6 — Seattle (56-49) survived three home runs by New York (70-35) to take home a road victory Tuesday. Part of the reason was the Mariners hit three themselves, starting with a Eugenio Suarez long ball in the first inning to bring home two. Cal Raleigh hit a solo shot in the second to make it 3-0 Seattle. Carlos Santana brought home two more in the fifth on a double that made it 6-3 M's before the Yankees tied it up on an Anthony Rizzo solo home run and a two-run shot from Josh Donaldson. Sam Haggerty went deep for Seattle in the seventh however and Adam Frazier brought home another in the ninth. Andres Munoz closed things out in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Everett 8, Hillsboro 3 — Hillsboro (40-55) started slow and finished slow on the road at Everett (48-48) The AquaSox scored four runs in the first three innings and then four more in the eighth to close the game out after the Hops made it 4-3 Everett in the top of the seventh. Caleb Roberts had two RBI for Hillsboro, one on a single in the fourth and then a solo home run in the seventh.
Cowlitz 9, Portland 6 — The Pickles (31-16) failed to clinch a playoff spot Tuesday at Cowlitz, giving up three runs in the eighth with the game tied at six. They'll look to do it Wednesday instead against Cowlitz once more.
Mariners at the deadline — The MLB trade deadline has come and gone so baseball fans can stop hearing about Juan Soto scenarios (the star Washington player was finally dealt to San Diego). As for the Mariners, the day was a little quieter with just a couple minor moves. Seattle traded for LHP Matthew Boyd from San Francisco that also netted them veteran catcher Curt Casali. The M's also made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for utility player Jake Lamb.
Evans to the Ducks — The nation's No. 2 ranked recruit in the 2023 in Kwame Evans Jr. has committed to Oregon. The 6-foot-10 forward picked the Ducks over plenty of other top tier programs including Arizona and Kentucky. Evans will finish his prep career at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Evans marks the third consecutive classification that Oregon has landed a 5-star recruit under Dana Altman.
Ducks up north — The Oregon men's basketball program will play five exhibition games in Canada this month, the team announced Tuesday. The first will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 in Montreal against McGill University. Then Aug. 22 and 23 in Ottawa against the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The trip north concludes Aug. 25 and 26 in Toronto against McMaster University and Toronto Metropolitan University. The last four games all start at 4 p.m.
Oregon's roster features three players who hail from Canada in Ethan Butler, Keeshawn Barthelemy and Quincy Guerrier.
Tennant out — Portland's own Lara Tennant entered the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur tournament as the three-time defending champ, and that's where her streak will stay. Tennant won her first match Tuesday over fellow American Marilyn Hardy 3 and 2, but lost in the round of 16 to relative newcomer and No. 51 seed Lynn Thompson. Thompson won the match 2 and 1.
MONDAY, AUG. 1
Felipe Mora surgery — Portland Timbers forward Felipe Mora will undergo cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and miss the remainder of the season. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in Los Angeles. Mora is expected to be sidelined about nine months.
Mora underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery of his left knee Feb. 18, which was successful in returning him for a portion of the season, but symptoms now require further and more extensive intervention, the club announced.
Mora, 28, has appeared in seven games this season, scoring one penalty-kick goal. In three seasons with the Timbers, Mora has played in 55 regular season games (35 starts), tallying 19 goals and seven assists.
Jaroslaw Niezgoda has seen the bulk of the playing time at forward and leads the Timbers with nine goals. His workload figures to remain busy. The other true strikers on the roster are 23-year-old Brazilian Nathan Fogaca (two goals, six appearances) and 18-year-old American Tega Ikoba (two substitute appearances) and 23-year-old American Diego Gutierrez (out with a foot injury).
Tennant advances at U.S. Senior Women's Amateur — After tying for third place in stroke-play qualifying, Portland golfer Lara Tennant won her round-of-64 match on Monday at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur . The three-time defending champion of this tournament, Tennant beat Mary Budke 4 and 2, her 19th consecutive match-play win in the Women's Senior Amateur since a 2017 loss in the round-of-64.
The tournament continues Tuesday with Round-of-32 matches at Anchorage Golf Course in Alaska. Tennant is scheduled to play Marilyn Hardy of Magnolia, Texas, who placed 30th in qualifying.
New York Yankees 7, Mariners 2 — Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Aaron Judge a two-run shot (his 43rd) and Jose Trevino two solo home runs in the home win for the Yankees (70-34) over Seattle (55-49) in the first game of a three-game series.
Marco Gonzales gave up three of the homers.
Kyle Lewis homered for Seattle.
Pickles stretch run — The Portland Pickles were closing in on a West Coast League playoff berth entering this week. Portland plays Cowlitz, Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 2-4, and closes its regular-season schedule with home games Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7 against the Springfield Drifters.
The best-of-3 divisional playoff round is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 9 with the No. 3 seed hosting No. 2 and with No. 4 hosting No. 1. Those series shift to the home of the higher seeded teams for Game 2 on Aug. 10 and, if needed, a third game on Aug. 11.
The winners of those two series meet in a one-game divisional championship game at the home of the higher seeded team, and the winner of the South Division championship game will play the North champion in one-game WCL title.
The Pickles, who play three games in Longview, Washington Aug. 2-4, entered this week in second place in the North Division. First-half champion Corvallis also tops the second-half standings, so the team with the second best overall record will be the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
Soccer this week — The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns both play home matches this week, looking to extend long unbeaten runs. The Timbers, unbeaten in eight (4-0-4) after a wild 4-4 draw on July 30 at Minnesota United, host Nashville on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and FC Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 6. Both games will be televised by Fox 12 Plus.
The Thorns, unbeaten in nine games and coming off a win at Racing Louisville, play a 7:30 p.m. Friday home match against the North Carolina Courage televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Both clubs made roster moves last week. The Timbers acquired young Colombian fullback Juan David Mosquera, 19, from Independiente Medellin of Colombia's top league. He's under contract through 2026 with a club option for 2027 and will occupy an international and a U22 initiative slot.
The Thorns swapped defenders, sending Madison Pogarch to San Diego for Tegan McGrady, who made her Thorns debut at Louisville. Also, Portland midfielder Olivia Moultrie was selected for the United States team that will play in the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which takes place Aug. 10-28 in Costa Rica. Moultrie has played seven times for the U-20 national team, scoring two goals.
The U.S. opens the tournament on Aug. 11 against Ghana (10 a.m., FS2). The U-20s face the Netherlands on Aug. 14 (4 p.m., FS1) and conclude the group stage against Japan on Aug. 17 (4 p.m., FS2).
Blanco honored — Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco has been named to the MLS Team of the Week for week 23. He scored two goals July 30 against Minnesota, including his first goal only 13 seconds into the match — the fifth-fastest goal in MLS history, including playoffs.
Pro baseball — Seeking their first playoff berth in 21 seasons, the Seattle Mariners traded for Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo, believed to be the top pitcher on the trade market ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline. The price was steep. Seattle is sending three of its top five prospects in Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt and Edwin Arroyo, along with right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore to Cincinnati.
Consensus from national baseball writers was the Reds got the better long-term value from the trade. At least Castillo (2.86 ERA this season in 85 innings pitched) is under contract through next season. He's got 90 strikeouts to go with 28 walks and was named an All-Star a few weeks back for the Reds.
The Mariners finish a three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, then are home for three-game series against the Angels (Aug. 5-7) and Yankees (Aug. 8-10).
• The Hillsboro Hops are at Everett Aug. 2-8 before playing 12 home games at Ron Tonkin Field Aug. 10-21.
Oregon State baseball — All eight Oregon State players drafted last month signed pro contracts before the Aug. 1 deadline. The list: Cooper Hjerpe (Cardinals), Jacob Melton (Astros), Justin Boyd (Reds), Will Frisch (Cubs), Wade Meckler (Giants), Gavin Logan (Diamondbacks), Jake Pfennigs (A's) and DJ Carpenter (Cardinals).
PSU women's hoops — Paige Winter, a 6-foot sophomore forward, has joined the Vikings after playing a season at William Jessup and a season at Centralia (Washington) College, where she averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds last season.
Last week, PSU announced the addition of Sofia Llanos, a 5-11 guard/forward from Tarragona, Spain, has joined the Vikings basketball team after playing her freshman season at Marshall University in West Virginia. Llanos saw minimal playing time at Marshall, but she played in Spain's third-tier national league at age 15 and moved up to the second-tier national league at 17.
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