Scoresheet: Former OSU Pitcher Rasmussen nearly perfect
SUNDAY, AUG. 14
Rasmussen nearly perfect — Former Oregon State pitcher Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Sunday.
Jorge Mateo doubled on the first pitch of the Orioles ninth to break up the perfect game. Tampa Bay has never had a perfect game. The most recent perfect game in MLB was by Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012 against Tampa Bay.
Rasmussen, a Spokane native, improved to 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in his second major league season. The 8.1 innings was the longest of his career. He struck out seven.
Rangers 5, Mariners 3 — Corey Seager hit two doubles and scored twice as Texas beat visiting Seattle for the second day in a row after losing nine in a row to the Mariners. It is the first series loss for Seattle since mid-June to a team other than the Houston Astros.
The Mariners (62-54) remain in the second AL wild card spot.
J.P. Crawford had two of Seattle's four hits, including a double, and scored twice.
Hops 5, Indians 1 — Three pitchers combined on the fifth one-hitter in Hops history as Hillsboro (47-59) beat visiting Spokane (55-50). Chad Patrick, in his first start for the Hops, struck out seven over four strong innings. A bloop single in the second inning, when the Indians scored an unearned run, was the only Spokane hit. Avery Short pitched two hitless innings and Justin Martinez the final three innings. Cam Coursey was 2 for 3 and scored twice. All of the runs came in the first two innings.
WNBA playoffs set — The pairings are set for the best-of-3 first round of the WNBA Playoffs, which begin on Wednesday and can be seen on ESPN/ABC networks. The Seattle Storm are the No. 4 seed and open with two home games against No. 5 Washington on Thursday, Aug. 18 (7 p.m., ESPN2) and Sunday, Aug. 21 (1 p.m., ESPN). The third game, if needed, would be Aug. 24 at Washington.
Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty are the No. 7 seed and open with games at No. 2-seed and defending champion Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 17 (5 p.m., ESPN2) and Saturday, Aug. 20 (noon, ESPN).
The other series: No. 1 Las Vegas vs. No. 8 Phoenix and No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 6 Dallas.
Timbers2 lose at SKC II — Portland Timbers2 fell 2-0 at Sporting Kansas City II in a MLS NEXT Pro soccer match. T2 is 1-15-3. Portland hosts St. Louis City2 at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Hillsboro Stadium.
Coming Monday — No. 5-ranked Oregon State men's soccer visits Portland for an exhibition match against the Portland Pilots. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at the University of Portland's Merlo Field.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13
Pittsburgh 32, Seattle 25 — Round one of the Seattle Seahawks quarterback battle seemingly was seemingly a tossup Saturday night. Lock went 11 of 15 passing for 102 yards and two TDs with the second-stringers, meanwhile Geno Smith went 10 for 15 with 101 yards with no passing touchdown, but one rushing touchdown with the first time. Meanwhile DeeJay Dallas led in carries with 10 and had 73 yards on the ground. Fellow Russell Wilson acquisition in tight end Noah Fant caught two passes for 20 yards. Pittsburgh reached paydirt twice in the first quarter and held that the rest of the way, going into the break up 17-10. Both squads traded scores and two-point conversions in the second half.
Texas 7, Seattle 4 — A four-run fourth for Texas (50-63) gave the Rangers the win at home over visiting Seattle (62-53). The four runs came on a double, two singles and a sac fly. Seattle was up 3-0 before the frame thanks to a couple sac flies and a wild pitch. Eugenio Suarez hit a solo shot in the sixth to make it 5-4, but Texas responded with another run to make it 6-4 quickly. Seattle is still holding the second wild card spot, .5 game behind Toronto and 1.5 games up on Tampa Bay in the third wild card spot.
Spokane 9, Hillsboro 4 — Spokane (55-49) scored five in the second inning and never looked back in the road win at Hillsboro (46-59). The Hops ended up with 10 hits, but they weren't as timely as Spokane's 13, which was highlighted by a three run home run in the second by Bladimir Restituyo. Ryan Bliss hit his ninth home run of the season for Hillsboro while Jordan Lawlar brought home a run on an infield single.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12
Ducks land Mookie Cook — Mookie Cook is back in the Ducks' flock.
Currently the No. 4-ranked basketball prospect nationally in the class of 2023, the former Jefferson High standout announced Friday that he's re-committing to Dana Altman and Oregon.
Cook, who is entering his second year at Compass Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, reopened his recruitment in June after initially giving Oregon his verbal commitment. A versatile 6-foot-7 athlete — who recently landed the role to play LeBron James as a teenager in a movie about James' life — Cook's commitment solidifies Oregon's 2023 recruiting class among the top five nationally.
Oregon also has commitments from five-star Kwame Evans Jr. and the best Class of 2023 player still in Oregon, point guard Jackson Shelstad of West Linn.
Class of 2023 basketball players can sign letters of intent on Nov. 9.
College men's soccer — Portland beat Southern Oregon 3-1 in an exhibition match at Merlo Field. Sebastian Nava, Jacob Babalai and Nick Fernandez scored for the Pilots, who welcome Oregon State for a 6 p.m. Monday match.
Mariners 6, Rangers 2 — Seattle moved a season-best 10 games over .500 and a half-game up on Toronto for the first AL wild card spot. Julio Rodriguez returned for the Mariners and had two hits including a go-ahead single. For the first time in 105 days, Rodriguez, Ty France and Mitch Haniger all were in the Mariners win as manager Scott Servais earned his 500th win.
Hops 8, Indians 1 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro stole seven bases and got 7.2 four-hit innings from starting pitcher Scott Randall to beat Spokane. Gary Mattis Jr. and A.J. Vukovich each had a pair of doubles.
Weekend watch — The Seattle Seahawks play their first preseason game at 4 p.m. Saturday, visiting Pittsburgh. The game can be seen in Portland on FOX 12 (KPTV).
The Portland Timbers visit Toronto at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The match can be seen on ROOT Sports.
THURSDAY, AUG. 11
Bend little league eliminated — The Northwest championship game and a spot in the Little League World Series ended with some controversy. Oregon's representative from Bend North Little League lost 3-2 in extra innings to the Washington state representative from Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League.
With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, Washington hit a ball down the left field line that brought the runner home from first, thanks in part to the Oregon defense thinking the ball was called foul when the third base ump raised his hands to signal foul ball. The play was reviewed and ultimately upheld, giving Washington the Northwest title and a spot in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Indians 5, Hops 4 — For the second consecutive night, Hillsboro (45-58) fell to visiting Spokane (54-58). The Hops answered the bell twice, scoring three runs in the third to tie the game at three and scoring one more in the bottom of the fifth after Spokane plated one in the top half. But a run in the seventh inning by Spokane was the final blow despite the Hops outhitting it 10-8. Ryan Bliss and Caleb Roberts had two RBI each, Bliss plating both on a triple in the third.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10
Ridgefield 7, Portland Pickles 5 — The Raptors scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning on Travis Welker's two-run single to break a 5-5 tie, and went on to win the game at Walker Stadium and take the best-of-three West Coast League series 2-0.
The Pickles had tied it on Eddie Saldivar Jr.'s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Saldivar had two of Portland's four hits.
Jake Tsukada went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Ridgefield, which moves on to play Corvallis or Yakima Valley in the South Division finale.
Seattle 4, NY Yankees 3 — The Mariners (61-52) took two out of three games with the New York Yankees for the second time in recent weeks.
They trailed 3-1 until the seventh inning. Mitch Haniger hit an RBI single and then scored when Carlos Santana hit a go-ahead, two-run homer.
Sam Haggerty also homered for the Mariners.
Aaron Judge (45th) and Kyle Higashioka homered for New York (71-41).
Seattle goes on a nine-game road trip to Texas (Aug. 12-14), Los Angeles Angels (Aug. 15-17) and Oakland (Aug. 19-21).
Spokane 5, Hops 4 — At Ron Tonkin Field, the Indians (53-48) scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning after a throwing error by pitcher Justin Martinez on Eddy Diaz's sacrifice bunt.
Caleb Roberts' RBI triple brought Hillsboro within 5-4, but the Hops (45-57) couldn't get the equalizer.
Deyvison De Los Santos and Cam Coursey had two hits each for Hillsboro.
TUESDAY, AUG. 9
Seattle 1, NY Yankees 0 (13) — Seattle (60-52) outlasted New York (71-40) in one of the best games of the year on a Luis Torrens single in the bottom of the 13th with the bases loaded. The Mariners had back-to-back two batter innings in the 11th and 12th innings after the Yankees baserunners were doubled off on a line drive and a comebacker snagged off a hop by pitcher Matt Brash. Overall, the Yankees had only three hits to Seattle's seven as newly acquired Luis Castillo went eight innings and gave up those three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Spokane 10, Hillsboro 4 — Hillsboro (45-56) stumbled out the gates of its two-week homestand with the loss to visiting Spokane (52-48). The Hops gave up four runs in the first and couldn't quite recover. Neyfy Castillo hit his eighth home run of the season in the second inning to score two.
Ridgefield 9, Portland — The Pickles couldn't hold on to a back-and-forth affair to open the West Coast League playoffs at Ridgefield on Tuesday. Portland led 2-1 after two innings, but the Raptors struck back with four runs in the fourth to go up 5-2. Portland chipped away with two runs in the fift hand three in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead, which became 8-6 going into the bottom of the eighth. But Ridgefield scored three to go up 9-8 and hung on for the game one win. Game two will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Stadium.
Seattle 111, Chicago 100 — Seattle (21-13) took down the WNBA's top team in Chicago (25-9) on the road behind a season-high 111 points and another season-high of 37 assists. Breanna Stewart led the way with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Sue Bird chipped in 10 points and eight assists and Gabby Williams had 21 points and seven rebounds.
MONDAY, AUG. 8
New York Yankees 9, Mariners 4 — Seattle (59-52) opened a three-game home series with the Yankees (71-39) with a loss.
Josh Donaldson went 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homer, three runs scored and three RBIs. Andrew Benintendi had two doubles and three RBIs. Aaron Judge hit his 44th home run in the ninth inning.
Seattle starter Logan Gilbert gave up 10 hits and seven runs in four innings.
In his third game since returning from injury, the Mariners' Mitch Haniger hit a home run and had three hits. Cal Raleigh also homered.
Ducks 12th — Oregon came in at No. 12 in the first USA Today Sports AFCA coaches poll.
It's the second consecutive season that Oregon has been ranked No. 12 in the first college football coaches poll. Among Pac-12 schools, No. 8 Utah came in ahead of Oregon, while USC ranked No. 15.
Oregon opens the season Sept. 3 against Georgia, and then plays Eastern Washington in its first home game Sept. 10.
Pickles in playoffs — For the first time since 2018, the Portland Pickles had postseason baseball before their players return to their various colleges.
Portland faces the Ridgefield Raptors in the best-of-3 divisional series, starting 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgefield. Game 2 was slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 with Game 3, if needed, on Thursday, Aug. 11, both games at Walker Stadium.
The winner of that best-of-3 series will play one game for the South Division crown. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Pickles would either visit Corvallis or host Yakima Valley if they advance to that game.
The South Division winner will then meet the North Division champion for one game on Monday, Aug. 15 for the WCL title.
Pro baseball — The Mariners play the New York Yankees Monday-Wednesday and then are on the road for nine games, visiting Texas Aug. 12-14, the Angels Aug. 15-17 and Oakland Aug. 19-21.
• The Hops are at Ron Tonkin Field through Aug. 21. A six-game series with Spokane runs through Aug. 14 and Eugene comes to Hillsboro Aug. 16-21. Only six home games remain after this home stretch.
College fall sports — The Portland Pilots soccer teams open with home exhibition matches on Friday, Aug. 12 at Merlo Field. The Portland women face British Columbia at 4 p.m. and the men face Southern Oregon at 7 p.m.
Oregon State visits Portland for a men's soccer match at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.
The first counting match for the Pilot women is at home Aug. 18 against Utah. For the men its Aug. 26 at home against Central Arkansas.
Other fall sports openers:
Portland volleyball: Aug. 26 at Sacramento State Invitational.
Portland State women's soccer: Thursday, Aug. 11 vs. British Columbia, 1. p.m. (exhibition).
Portland State volleyball: Central Washington at Portland State, 5 p.m. Aug. 20 (exhibition).
Lewis & Clark men's soccer: Aug. 27 vs. Portland Community College (exhibition).
Lewis & Clark volleyball: Sept. 2-3 at Captains Classic in Newport News, Virginia.
TV change — The Portland Timbers announced that their 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday, Aug. 13 match at Toronto FC will now be broadcast on Root Sports; it'll feature radio broadcasts on 750 The Game and LaGranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
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